Coumeenoole Beach, County Kerry
The drive to Coumeenoole around the tight, cliff-hugging curve of the Slea Head Drive is impressive enough, but once you get down onto the beach, you’ll be wowed with breathtaking Atlantic views; smooth, golden sands; and sloping, craggy rocks. It’s a show-stopper of a beach, a place so cinematic that it was used as a filming location for David Lean’s 1970s epic romance, Ryan’s Daughter. Paddle in the seas, picnic on the sands, propose in style.
Post-proposal: Head to Dingle, a wonderfully bohemian south coast village with friendly locals, great restaurants and amazing traditional pubs such as Curran’s, Foxy John’s and Dick Macks. Dingle is laid-back and goes with the flow, so think open fires, trad sessions and creamy pints of Guinness.