How To Spend A Honeymoon In Ireland

Ireland is such an amazing place to go to for your honeymoon. We went to Ireland for slightly over a week and it is easily one of our favorite destinations in the world. Exploring the castle ruins and historical sites, enjoying the amazing landscapes and the Irish hospitality made for an unforgettable trip.

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Where To Go On Your Honeymoon In Ireland

Most people will visit several towns and areas during their trips to Ireland. Here are our favorite can’t miss destinations for your honeymoon.

Dublin 

Recommended Stay: 2-3 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: The Merrion & Blessington Basin Cottage Airbnb

Ireland’s capital city is usually the starting point for a honeymoon in Ireland that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Visit some of Dublin’s famed landmarks include the cobbled streets of Temple Square, O’Connell Bridge, the Trinity College that aids Dublin to be one of six UNESCO cities of literature, and Phoenix Park. This vast expanse of green space is the largest enclosed park in any capital city in Europe, offering 1, 252 acres to explore. Make sure you visit one of the 1000 pubs across the city and go to the Guinness Brewery that has been in the same place since 1670.

Doolin

Recommended Stay: 2-3 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Ballinalacken Castle Country House

Nestled on the Wild Atlantic Way, the village of Doolin boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. It offers an easy reach to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten.

The home of traditional Irish music, you can expect live music and craic to be had every night. This small vibrant village is full of characters, stories, and experiences, there is something for everyone.

Take a clifftop walk together and breathe in the crisp, salty Atlantic air, appreciate the beautiful wildflowers, discover the stalactite at Doolin Cave or board an Atlantic cruise to see a completely different side of this beautiful coastline. 

Dingle Peninsula

Recommended Stay: 3-4 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Greenmount House

Once called ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic,  the Dingle Peninsula is a must-see on honeymoon in Ireland. Its meandering country lanes lead to wild hedgerows, endless skies, and cozy thatched pubs.

From Dingle, you can make the Slea Head Drive to see ancient monuments, beautiful beaches, and landscapes.

Head to the sprawling Inch Beach on the peninsula’s southern stretch for a spot of stargazing. Or head to a local secret – the Beál Bán beach a short walk away from Ballyferriter village. In town, eclectic fashion and jewelry shops give way to intimate cozy pubs. This includes Foxy John’s – a DIY store with beer taps and, consequently, the only pub in Ireland where you can sink a pint and satisfy your hardware needs at the same time. 

For adventurous couples like us, check out the activities provided with Irish Adventures. We went sea kayaking along the cliffs and into caves and horseback riding over the rolling hills behind the town.

Ring of Kerry

Recommended Stay: 3-4 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Tig Leaca Bãn Airbnb & Killarney Park Hotel

In essence, the Ring of Kerry is a ring road following the coast of Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. It is one of Ireland’s most popular holiday routes to drive. It is an iconic destination wrapped in stunning visual history, with a diverse mix of wildlife to be seen across Ireland’s lush green hills. At 111 miles long, take your time to experience everything Kerry has to offer.

The Skellig Ring Road was rated one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 rated destinations in 2017. From this stretch of road, you get breath-taking views of the Skellig Islands – a UNESCO World Heritage site. The glacial valleys of Moll’s Gap are one of the most dramatic views of the Ring of Kerry route. It boasts the best view of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range. 

Cork & Blarney Stone

Recommended Stay: 2-3 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Hayfield Manor Hotel

Commonly known as Ireland’s Maritime haven, Cork has a maritime history spanning over a thousand years. Set in a beautiful coastal location it is a place where the land, people and their culture welcome you with open arms. As the biggest county in Ireland, it is no surprise that there is plenty on offer in Cork. With over 1000km of coastline, being part of both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, there are endless experiences to be had. In every corner of Cork, there is something unique to discover, from Youghal in the ast to the vintage towns and villages in the west.

However the most popular is often Cork City – a fun-loving, independent-minded city built on a series of islands. It has a thriving foodie and craft beer scene, friendly pubs, and artisan coffee bars. Or head to Blarney castle to follow in the footsteps and fulfill the 200-year-old tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence. 

Killarney

Recommended Stay: 2-3 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Victoria House Hotel

This vibrant little town is nestled between the incredibly beautiful countryside, making Killarney a very special place indeed. It is brimming full of history, heritage, activities, and world-class hospitality. With 26,000 acres of the surrounding countryside to explore there is plenty to do. You could head to Lough Leane, an idyllic lake, and kayak with a magnificent backdrop of mountains and dense forest.

Don’t forget to watch out for red deer coming down to drink at the lakeshore, or the majestic white-tailed eagles gliding above the water. Killarney is an adventurer’s playground, with plenty awaiting you. From rock climbing in the Gap of Dunloe to biking around the lakes, there is an array of choices during your stay in Killarney. 

Rock of Cashel

Makes a great stop on your way to or from Killarney

Situated on a dramatic outcrop of limestone, the Rock of Cashel is an iconic feature of Ireland’s landscape. It has a significant historic presence, possessing the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. These include a round tower, high cross, Romanesque chapel, Gothic cathedral, abbey, Hall of the Vicars Choral, and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Originally the seat of the kings of Munster, in 1101 the site was granted to the church, and Cashel who was crowned in 978 swiftly rose to prominence. The surviving buildings are nothing short of remarkable and contain the only surviving Romanesque frescoes in Ireland. The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions, and deservedly at that. 

Do not forget to visit Hore Abbey which is in a field west of the Rock of Cashel.

Galway

Recommended Stay: 2-3 Days

Recommended Honeymoon Accommodations: Galway Bay Hotel

A bohemian escape, Galway offers the best of what Ireland has to offer – it’s laid back and relaxed but always ready for a party. Situated in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, the city’s reputation is of artistic creativity and upbeat vibe. From music and horseracing to literature and oysters – Galway knows how to celebrate. It’s no surprise that people pour into the hopping bars, traditional pubs and fantastic restaurants.

Brightly painted pubs are bustling with live music and cafes offer front-row seats for street performers. Its flamboyant art scene attracts tourists worldwide, with activities such as the famous Galway International Arts Festival as well as the indulgent Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. 

Top Honeymoon Hotels & Castles in Ireland

Ballinalacken Castle Country House

A sanctuary situated high on a hilltop, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the West of Ireland. The 15th century castle watches over this exclusive country hotel, which boasts views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Its bay-windowed bedrooms and welcoming fire provide an escape from the world.

The rooms are not in a castle, they are in a country house next to castle ruins which you can tour with the owners.

Whilst being right on the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean you are also right at the heart of plenty of things to do on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Ballinalacken Castle Country House provides the best of the best – with polished mahogany four-poster beds and exceptional, award-winning fine dining. 

The guest house has an amazing restaurant on site and when the sun sets dinner service pauses for you to go outside and see it.

Adare Manor

The Adare Manor prides itself on feeling like you are returning home every time you walk through the door. Whether it is your favorite drink or the best seat by the fire. Its cherished heritage is evident throughout.

Its legacy is vividly alive throughout the manor house itself with it being sumptuously restored, brimming with gothic splendor, and perfectly appointed in every way. Its 840 acres of parkland are free to guests to roam before they head to the Michelin star restaurant to dine. Or perhaps after a day out playing your way through the magnificent golf course. Its prestige is obvious but brings with it a sense of belonging like no other. 

Galway Bay Hotel

Situated right at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Bay, and just five minutes from Galway City the Galway Bay Hotel provides the perfect luxurious base. Nestled on the shores of Galway Bay, there is something for everyone at this 4-star hotel. It comprises 153 bedrooms, fine and casual dining restaurants as well as a leisure center and spa.

You can choose to spend your days shopping, sightseeing, enjoy the great outdoors or even opt for Galway’s lively nightlife. If you’re after an eclectic mix of everything Galway has to offer, culture and arts as well as a relax and unwind, the Galway Bay Hotel is for you. 

Greenmount House

Owned and run by the local Curran family, Greenmount House is a modern guesthouse that due to its elevated position, boasts spectacular views across Dingle Bay. Its generously spacious rooms offer the relaxed atmosphere and charming ambiance of a country house whilst remaining refreshingly understated.

Greenmount House offers all the cozy comforts of a traditional B&B whilst also having all the necessary modern amenities. It is situated in an amazing location for exploring Dingle town itself, which boasts a wealth of fine restaurants, lively pubs, and traditional music – all within a five-minute walk. 

The Killarney Park

The Killarney Park Hotel is a family-run boutique hotel located in the heart of Killarney. As one of the finest five-star hotels Ireland has to offer it is no surprise that the Killarney Park Hotel prides itself on delivering an unparalleled guest experience.

Situated adjacent to the 25,000 acres Killarney National Park if you’re looking to explore Ireland’s rugged countryside then this is the hotel for you. Old world elegance meets modern-day luxury, complimented by the roar and comfort of an open log fire. Inspired by Irish heritage the distinctive guestrooms are designed to offer guests the ultimate luxury. 

The Merrion 

Located in the heart of Dublin city center, The Merrion is the capital’s most luxurious five-star hotel and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Boasting 142 bedrooms this hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. The combination of four restored Georgian townhouses, it provides comfort and elegance balanced with modern guest facilities.

Home to 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar, The Garden Room, and the intimate No.23 Cocktail Bar there is plenty on offer for guests. Situated opposite the Government buildings it is just a few minutes walk from the galleries, museums, pubs, restaurants of Dublin city center, as well as the shops of Grafton Street. 

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century – as the home of the O’Briens of Dromoland. Its imposing baronial facade and breath-taking interiors provide a sense of grandeur, which is then complimented by the finest modern comforts.

Lavish decor, indulgent dining, spectacular views, and comfortable bedrooms really do bring this hotel to life. Whether you’re looking to tee off on its world-class golf course, enjoy afternoon tea by the fire or simply stroll around its 450-acre estate. This hotel truly provides the opportunity to walk in the shadows of Kings, safe in the knowledge that all of your expectations will be met. 

Victoria House Hotel

Victoria House Hotel is a beautiful property set on the scenic Muckross Road of Killarney. The 33 guest rooms available are all elegant and luxurious, offering a comfortable base to explore the local area. They are proud of the unique individual decor of each of their boutique-style bedrooms.

The hotel restaurant prides itself on home-cooked meals made with locally sourced produce, providing a quality dining experience. Follow this up by retiring to the Ivy Room Bar for a tipple or two. With two roaring fires, it provides a space that is full of character whilst also remaining affordable.

Ashford Castle

As the former home of the Guinness family and Ireland’s first Forbes Five Star Hotel, Ashford Castle truly does live up to its reputation. Boasting spectacular surroundings, exquisite interior, and delicious cuisine, it really brings this corner of Ireland to life. This 800-year old castle is situated in the beautiful County Galway and is set on a 350-acre estate with landscaped gardens, ancient woodland, and emerald lakes.

Image Credit: Ashford Castle

Its 83 guest rooms are extremely traditional and elegant, which are complemented by six restaurants and three bars run by a team of world-renowned chefs and sommeliers. Not only does it have all of this on offer, but it also has an award-winning spa with a swimming pool, sauna, and steam room. 

Ireland Honeymoon Airbnbs

Roundhouse Retreat, Spiddal, County Galway

A rural hideaway that is ready to welcome guests in for a relaxing break. Spend your days fishing at Spiddal Angling School or visiting the Aran Islands before nestling together in front of the fire. For its size, the inside of the Roundhouse feels extremely spacious and offers everything you will need during your stay.

This includes a cozy living area as well as equipped kitchen and spacious dining area. It also boasts a beautiful outdoor space perfect for summer days. The walk to the village passes traditional stone walls, which lead to friendly pubs offering great food and music, as well as a promenade along the beachfront. 

Firestation House, Dingle, Kerry

Jump at the opportunity to wake up to picturesque views over Dingle Harbour. This trendy townhouse is filled with thoughtful touches that will make it feel like home. Its elegant double bedrooms, contemporary kitchen, and spacious dining area compliment the cozy and intimate living room.

It is just a short stroll to the center of Dingle town whilst also providing off-street parking if you are looking for a base to explore the local area. And what more? This newly renovated townhouse also has the perfect bath to soak away in after a day of exploring and sightseeing. 

Blessington Basin Cottage, Dublin, County Dublin

A recently restored cottage that provides beautiful lake views. It is a true haven in the inner city of Dublin, with high ceilings providing a spacious feel. It comes fully equipped and beautifully furnished, with a warm but light vibe.

This two-bedroom cottage is a home away from home, with polished cement floors, wood ceilings, and big windows. The bedrooms are both king-size, with one ensuite bathroom. Guests are within easy reach of everything Dublin has to offer, as this cottage provides an amazing base close to O’Connell Street. 

Tig Leaca Bãn, Killarney, County Kerry

If you’re after the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of home, this self-contained one-bedroom accommodation is for you. Attention to detail is key, with local soaps, guide books, maps, and tips available to ensure that your trip to Killarney will be an experience to remember. It is fully equipped with a spacious living and dining area plus a full kitchen, as well as an ensuite bathroom.

Outside you will find a secluded outdoor seating area, as well as free parking and two complimentary bicycles which allow you to truly explore the local area. On your doorstep are three golf courses, which were home to four Irish Opens, as well as the Golden Nugget Pub and Horseshoe Bar. Killarney Riding stables is also just a short walk away.

Recommended Honeymoon Itineraries For Ireland

1 Week Honeymooon in Ireland

If you have 1 week to enjoy Ireland, I would start by enjoying the first day in Dublin. The next day you can stay in Dublin for the morning before moving on to Doolin. After spending a full day in Doolin, exploring the Cliffs of Moher and going to the Aran Islands, go South to Dingle for two days. On your last day, head back to Dublin. The trip will take over 4 hours so you can plan some stops in between. I would stop at the Rock of Cashel, which is only slightly out of the way.

10 Day Honeymoon in Ireland

With 10 days for your honeymoon in Ireland, I would recommend following the same itinerary as the 7 days. Adding to your trip, I would add a stay at one of the castles mentioned previously away from the tourist spots or adding a stop in Galway or Killarney.

2 Week Honeymoon in Ireland

With 2 weeks in Ireland, you can add on some time in Northern Ireland including Belfast and the Giants Causeway. You can also spend a few days relaxing at one of the castles in Ireland.

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