Ireland has long been associated with tales of love and romance and, for many, the Emerald Isle is the perfect location for a honeymoon. Interestingly, the term “honeymoon” is thought to derive from the medieval Irish tradition of newlyweds drinking mead (honey wine) everyday for a month (or one full moon) after their wedding. The mead was believed to increase the couple’s fertility!
Today, with or without daily mead, any couple will find modern Ireland a fantastic place to spend their first days of marriage. Here are just three ideas for a romantic Irish getaway…
With this Ring
The Ring of Kerry is a popular trail in County Kerry, in the South-West of the country, covering a 179 km circular road, starting at Killarney and heading around the Iveragh Peninsula. The Ring features stunning scenery, from the Lakes of Killarney to some of the finest beaches in Europe.
Honeymooning couples looking to spend at least some time outside of their hotel room can enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits including golf, watersports, cycling, walking, riding and fishing in freshwater rivers or at sea.
The Ring is a popular route for bus tours, all of which run in an anti-clockwise direction. As the narrow roads making passing difficult, lovers travelling by car are recommended to tour the Ring in the opposite (clockwise) direction to avoid being stuck behind buses!
The Edge of Glory
Did you know that there is currently an international competition taking place to find 7 new natural wonders of the world? The dramatic, romantic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare have been put forward as the Irish nomination.
The cliffs are 214m above sea level at their highest point and range across 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s western seaboard, providing unbelievable views of Galway Bay and the three beautiful Aran Islands – Inishmore, Inishmean, and Inisheer – which can be visited via a 30 minute ferry-crossing from the nearby village of Doolin.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Less than one hour from Dublin by road or train, the Mountains of Wicklow are a strikingly beautiful setting for a romantic break. The Wicklow Mountains National Park was established in 1991 to conserve the local biodiversity and landscape, and encompasses delights such as the stunning and historic glacial valley of Glendalough.
Couples can simply relax and soak up the heritage or get busy sample some of the many leisure activities on offer including scenic walking and cycling trails, rafting, horse riding and, of course, mountain climbing.