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3 ways to fall in love in Ireland

Tailor-made for affairs of the heart, Ireland’s beauty has inspired romantics, poets and dreamers for centuries. Here are three ways you can fall in love in Ireland…

1. Places to pop the question

Ireland says yes to love and yes to marriage for all, so it’s only right that we provide simply incredible places to pop the question!

Rise early and you may be the only ones around at magnificent beauty spots such as Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim, a place so enchanting that poet WB Yeats was moved to write about it; County Kerry's Torc Waterfall, hidden within a romantic woodland; or the small but scenic waterfalls tucked inside the serene Tollymore Forest Park in County Down.

Enjoy the effortless grace of Glendalough, County Wicklow, with its two lakes set deep in a stunning valley. Make pairs of footprints in the empty stretches of golden sand along Silver Strand in County Mayo and kneel before castles that tower over lakefronts.

For dramatic effect, step onto the swinging, swaying Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, climb to the top of the Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal; or reveal your inner Jedi with a trip to Skellig Michael’s craggy peak as the Atlantic swirls below – then pose that question to the love of your life!

2. The big day

Of course, the devil is always in the detail when planning a wedding, so if you’d like to marry in the same place as your reception – outside of a church or registry office – it’s advisable to check the location is licensed to perform ceremonies. It’s good to know, though, that Ireland’s beauty doesn’t stop after the word ‘yes’! ‘I do’ can ring out in spectacular fashion across the island, too!

Try the sumptuous luxury of Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo, the low-key elegance of the secluded Gougane Barra Hotel in West Cork, or maybe even surround yourself with 800 years of history at Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath, with its banqueting hall, courtyard, walled garden and stunning manor house.

You can even give your big day an arty twist at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, or go for old-school romance at the majestic Crom Castle in County Fermanagh on the shores of scenic Lough Erne.

3. Heavenly honeymoons

The island of Ireland ticks all the boxes for a honeymoon destination, too (just ask Kim and Kanye, who chose Ireland to kick off life as a married couple). Take Ballybur Castle in County Kilkenny, a luxury self-catering castle that dates back to around 1588. 

And if you're searching for endless scenic showstoppers, the Causeway Coast delivers white-sand beaches, craggy cliffs, picturesque villages and cosy retreats. 

For a mix of culture and nature, explore the historic Bushmills Inn, roam the wild scenery of Kerry’s Ard na Sidhe lakeside country house and be captivated by charm at Rathmullan House, County Donegal.