The Magic of Ireland: A Honeymooner’s Travel Guide

Kinbane Castle in Ireland

Looking a honeymoon or romantic getaway destination that will take your breath away? Look no further than the Emerald Isle.

Welcome to Ireland, a mystical, magical land full of romance and beauty. From the awe-inspiring cliffs that almost touch the sky to the quaint villages that seem straight out of a fairytale, travel to Ireland for your honeymoon and you’ll quickly realise why everyone who has experienced its charm raves about it. Here’s everything you need to plan your honeymoon in the Emerald Isle.

Is Ireland Good for a Honeymoon?

Yes, Ireland is a wonderful destination for honeymooners, offering a perfect combination of romance, nature, and history. With its rolling green hillsides, majestic castles, quaint villages, bustling cities and historic attractions, Ireland provides a beautiful backdrop for couples looking to celebrate their love. Another bonus is that you can explore much of Ireland in just a week or two because it is small.

The Must-Visit Locations ~ From Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher


Dublin at Sunset

Begin your honeymoon in Dublin, the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. This lively city offers a wealth of attractions, many of which are easily accessible by foot.

Explore the bustling streets, visit historical landmarks like Dublin Castle, and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Stroll along the River Liffey, visit the Guinness Storehouse, and remember to experience the city’s famous pub culture.

Be sure to explore historic sites like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College, and leave time to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city’s pubs and restaurants.

For those who want to venture beyond the city, the countryside offers scenic excursions and rural attractions such as the famous Cliffs of Moher and the breathtaking Killarney National Park.


Cork Ireland

Next, venture to the charming city of Cork. Located on the stunning south coast of Ireland, Cork offers plenty to see and do and is the gateway to the breathtaking landscapes of West Cork with its rugged coastlines and picturesque villages.

As the second city of the Republic of Ireland, Cork is a fiercely independent city with the second-largest natural harbour in the world. In recent years, the city experienced a cultural renaissance with old buildings given a new lease on life and music, theatre, film festivals, and bars and restaurants rejuvenating the social scene.

Cork has become well-known as a hub for food lovers, with the English Market being the epicentre of the city’s gourmet scene. The covered bazaar has been in existence since 1788 and it houses traders selling meat, spices, produce, as well as stalls selling clothes, knickknacks, chocolates, and other items.

The city also boasts historic castles, art galleries, museums, water activities, vibrant festivals, and day trips galore to charming towns and scenic landscapes.

Related: Embark on a driving holiday in Ireland (and stay in one of Ireland’s most romantic hotels!)

Blarney Castle Ireland
Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is a historical castle you must see when in Cork. Built almost 600 years ago, the castle is now partially in ruins, but it still attracts visitors from all over the world, thanks to the Stone of Eloquence or the Blarney Stone, located at the top of the castle. Kissing the stone upside down is said to bring good luck to the person who kisses it.

For more than 200 years, individuals from all around the world have travelled to Blarney Castle to receive blessings from the Blarney Stone. Some famous names who have kissed the stone include Sir Walter Scott, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Mick Jagger. So, if you find yourself in Cork on your Ireland honeymoon, don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone for good fortune!


Galway Ireland

Galway is a vibrant and charming city, well-known for its lively music scene and traditional Irish pubs abundant throughout the city. If you’re visiting for the first time, it’s easy to spend hours just strolling through the streets, discovering cozy spots, admiring the colourful buildings, and exploring the maze-like pubs while enjoying the sounds of street musicians and sampling local cuisine at inviting restaurants.

 The Latin Quarter is a colourful, vibrant part of the city that is worth exploring. You can also visit the Galway City Museum, a medieval museum with a lot of history and interesting exhibits. Walking along the Salthill Promenade is also a romantic and picturesque experience. 

Galway has a fascinating cultural heritage and has achieved several noteworthy accolades. In 2014, UNESCO recognised it as one of the five Cities of Film in the world. It was also named the European Capital of Culture for the year 2020. The Claddagh ring, a symbol of love, friendship, and loyalty, was born in Galway over 400 years ago. 

Galway is also the perfect base for exploring the stunning landscapes of Connemara, with its rugged mountains and pristine lakes.


Killarney Ireland

No honeymoon in Ireland would be complete without a visit to the small town of Killarney. When you think of Ireland, you probably imagine vast green fields and picturesque villages. Killarney is a town that perfectly fits this description. Nestled amidst the beautiful Killarney National Park, this charming town offers breathtaking scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney.

It sits on the shores of Lough Leane and is a popular stop for tourists exploring the famous “Ring of Kerry” drive (more below). 

Whether you’re interested in Irish culture and history and prefer to explore Killarney Town or an outdoor enthusiast wanting to discover Killarney National Park, this area has something for everyone.

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park, visit the historic Muckross House, or embark on a scenic hike along one of the many trails. Killarney is the epitome of Irish romance and natural beauty.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry ireland

Embark on an unforgettable experience along the charming Ring of Kerry. The route starts and ends in the bustling town of Killarney, passing by magnificent mountain landscapes, Atlantic vistas, farmland, and quaint villages as you make your way to Kenmare. 

This scenic route showcases stunning coastal villages, rugged mountains, and tranquil lakes. You’ll be able to uncover hidden beaches, ancient ruins, and traditional Irish culture.

Overall, the Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular scenic drives for a good reason. It is a must-see for honeymooners who seek unparalleled natural beauty, but if you have more time you may want to embark on the Wild Atlantic Way drive instead…

Drive The Wild Atlantic Way & See The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Mohar Ireland

Here’s an idea for those of you with time on your side. Embark on the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic coastal route stretching 1,500 miles across nine of Ireland’s western seaboard counties, covering the entire western shoreline of Ireland, starting from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal and ending at the charming town of Kinsale in County Cork.

The road twists past some of the most beautiful places in Ireland, including craggy cliffs, stunning beaches, and charming towns.

The majestic Cliffs of Moher- Ireland’s most famous tourist attraction – are incredibly romantic and a natural gateway to this enchanting coastal driving route. These iconic cliffs offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline.

Take a romantic walk along the cliff edge, marvel at the dramatic landscapes, and capture memories that will last a lifetime. Tip: You should be able to enjoy a peaceful moment alone in this incredible location if you walk past the visitor’s centre far enough that the crowds dissipate.

If you plan to take this road trip, it is essential to know that it is a long journey that requires considerable time. This is a honeymoon road trip that should be taken slowly to appreciate the breathtaking scenery fully. The route is considered one of the world’s best car journeys, and while most drivers choose to travel segments of it, tackling the full length is an unforgettable experience.

Above, we’ve covered some of the must-visit sites in Ireland for couples, but if you have more time, there are a few other great Irisih experiences that you should consider building into your itinerary, such as:

  • Cruising along the serene waters of Ireland’s longest river is an experience on many people’s bucket lists, and you can captain your own boat and do a multi-day cruise along the River Shannon, stopping at tranquil spots to explore pretty villages and historic sites along the way.
  • Consider going horseback riding in Ireland for an unforgettable romantic experience with your spouse. The Emerald Isle boasts stunning natural beauty, and exploring it on horseback provides a unique opportunity to discover hidden gems that are not easily accessible by car.
  • Ireland is renowned for its numerous castles, ranging from abandoned ruins that have yet to be restored to those that have been transformed into luxurious hotels, with various choices in between. Try to leave time to explore some Irish castles to get a clearer sense of the country’s rich history and heritage. Two notable castles include:

Glenveagh Castle: One of the most impressive castles in Ireland is Glenveagh Castle, situated on the shores of Lough Veagh. It was built between 1867 and 1873.

Glenveagh Castle: Ireland
Glenveagh Castle

Trim Castle:  Trim Castle is located on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath and was built in 1176. It is the largest castle in Ireland and some say the best. You may recognise it from the movie Braveheart, which featured Trim Castle as one of its castles. 

Related: 5 Fairytale Castles to Sleep at in Ireland & Scotland

Best Time to Visit Ireland:

When planning your honeymoon in Ireland, it is important to consider the best time to visit. July and August are the most popular months, but if you prefer fewer tourists and pleasant weather, June and September are ideal.

Getting To and Around Ireland:

Dublin Airport is the main international gateway, and renting a car is recommended for exploring multiple parts of the country.

What to Pack For a Honeymoon in Ireland

If you’re planning a honeymoon in Ireland, it’s important to remember that the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to bring a lightweight rain jacket with a hood (it can get too windy for umbrellas). 

It’s also wise to bring clothes you can layer, as the temperature fluctuates quite a bit throughout the day. Comfortable shoes are a must-have as well.

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and outlet adapters, as these are essential items. 

While you’ll wear mostly comfortable clothes during your trip, it’s a good idea to pack some suitable outfits for special dinners.

As you can see, Ireland offers a tempting blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and romantic experiences, making it an ideal destination for honeymooners. Whether you choose to explore the bustling streets of Dublin or immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the countryside, or, better yet, leave yourself a week or two and embark on an Ireland road trip to experience as much of the Emerald Isle as possible, there is something for every couple to enjoy.

Scroll to Top