Ideas for your Honeymoon in Ireland – off the beaten track
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 10th of February 2014 at 11:30:02
Ireland has a lot to offer any traveler to her gorgeous green shores especially those who wish to honeymoon in Ireland from her blues and emeralds dancing with the ever changing light and shadows of cloudy skies, and the landscape - a heady mix of barren beauty and rich lolling fields and valleys. The countryside is dotted with whispers of the past, every corner seemingly revealing an artifact or story, memory or ghost – where you walk in the footsteps of writers and poets, hear the strains of haunting Celtic beats and feel the magic and mysticism of her scared spots where legends of fairies and warriors still linger.
It is no wonder that this land easily entices visitors to her shores, the charm of the locals, the craic in the pubs and the powerful mysticism of her ancient sites, imbue visitors with a sense of belonging, a sense of being at home - finally – whether their veins race with Irish blood or not – and people return again and again and fall deeper under Ireland’s spell. And so where better to begin your new life together than on Honeymoon in Ireland? We have romance and scenery, snugs and pubs – beaches and mountains all mixed with the intangible charm of the Irish who really do live by a stranger is only a friend you haven’t yet met.
We have picked some of our favorite romantic spots to visit for your Honeymoon in Ireland – a little off the usual tourist trail – but different from what you would find in the usual tourism books and websites. Hope you enjoy!
Iveagh Gardens, Dublin City – one of the capitals best kept secrets – so please- don’t go telling everyone (!) but this charming park situated off Hatch Street on the south-side of Dublin city is a little jewel – perfect for a romantic stroll and weather permitting even a picnic! Laid in 1865, it was designed in a mix of French and English style with fountains, statues , a maze, rockeries, archery grounds and even a Secret Garden. Quieter than the much larger and more popular St. Stephen’s Green (at the top of Grafton Street) this is a lovely spot to take a stroll away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets!
Gougane Barra Hotel, County Cork – set on a stunning lakeside location and surrounded by mountains and valleys this is a very special hotel! In the middle of the lake lies a small church founded by St. Finbarr which today is a popular wedding venue due to it startling beautiful surroundings. The hotel is small and intimate - with only 26 rooms and is charming and cozy with super friendly staff who strive to make your stay as memorable as possible. Enjoy a veritable culinary feast in the restaurant with its stunning views of the lake. Isolated and magical, this is the very epitome of a romantic getaway!
Horse-riding in Dingle, County Kerry – the sheer beauty of Dingle’s coast is certainly breath-taking enough without galloping through her seas and mountains on horse-back – but what a way to see it! With the wind in your air and the salty goodness of the Atlantic in your lungs, a horse trek with the Dingle Riding School is a must do. Different trails are available for different levels, but whichever trail you go on, you are assured of Dingle’s dramatic beauty wherever you canter. So don those cowboy boots, lasso a bronco and get your cowboy/girl on – or something like - not quite the Wild West but you get the picture! Yee haw!
Coral Beach, Galway – also known by its Irish name Trá an Dóilin, this gorgeous beach is located in Carraroe and is renown as a place of great natural beauty and noted for its fine coral – reputedly the only one in Ireland. You may need sandals to walk along it, but it really is gorgeous and tends to be less busy than other beaches in the area. Full of rock pools and with amazing views, this is all that you would want in a romantic beach meander!
Cruise on the River Shannon – be a captain of your own ship (or cruiser in this case) and take an unique tour of Ireland while travelling her longest river the Shannon. Silver Line can provide you with a number of different cruisers and will recommend the route depending on your time frame. This is a very unique view of Ireland and a great way to get away from it all as you watch the beauty of Ireland unfold before your very eyes. With the added bonus of being commander of your own vessel – let those anchors up and cruise away……
Seaweed Bath, Voya, Strandhill, County Sligo – as you are now sharing everything else you may as well share a seaweed bath together! Not to be knocked, the many benefits of seaweed include regulating metabolism, moistening and softening of skin and hair and helping with certain skin complaints such as Eczema, Acne, Dermatitis and Psoriasis. So why not enjoy the bath with your sweetheart and some of the best seaweed around , and reap the benefits of the slippery magic for yourself! Relaxing and beneficial – win win!
And don’t forget you don’t have to be in the first flushes of married life to book with us - we have lots of tours and itineraries and you can even Custom your own tour to suit your budgets, length of stay and interests! So browse the site today and make this year the year you visit Ireland! And before you even tie the knot read up on Irish Wedding Traditions and Superstitions so your whole wedding can be a thoroughly Irish affair! : )