Published on : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
But lovers have gone to Ireland for eons. Romance is ablaze in the landscapes, the legends and the ancient customs and traditions, so Blarney is but one of a thousand places to conjure up a Valentine’s kiss in Ireland of the Welcomes.
Here’s a quick guide to the Top 10 places on the Emerald Isle for a more delicate touch of lip upon lip.
1) Dublin for St Valentine’s Shrine
The remains of the patron saint of lovers lie in Dublin. Yes, Saint Valentine’s Shrine is in Whitefriar Carmelite Church, Aungier Street, and is a mecca for couples especially around the saint’s big day. How kiss-worthy is that?
Located just a few minutes’ walk from Temple Bar, the centre of culture and craic in the Irish capital, it’s the perfect place to share a smacker. And while in Dublin have a look at the statue of Molly Malone. Kiss here and look back – it’s said that Molly smiles upon lovers.
2) Sligo for the cave of star-crossed lovers
One of the most romantic counties in Ireland, Sligo is a place of majestic beauty, history and legend made famous in the writings of WB Yeats. Ireland’s greatest poet was fascinated by the area’s mythology, like the ancient tale of runaway lovers Diarmuid and Gráinne. He even wrote a play about it.
Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Cave is said to be the eloping couple’s last hiding place. It’s located on a scenic drive above the Gleniff Horseshoe loop road. A small climb to the cave will be rewarded by amazing views of Yeats Country… if not that longed for kiss.
3) Titanic Belfast for a Kate and Leo moment
You know the flying scene at the prow of the Titanic when Leonardo Di Caprio shows Kate Winslet how to fly? Well there’s a replica Titanic grand staircase for couples to replicate those movie moments in Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest visitor experience dedicated to the most famous ship ever.
Spend a Valentine’s Day to remember with your loved one in the opulent surroundings of this amazing attraction, taking in the stunning surroundings with views of Belfast Lough and Cavehill. Then have that kiss – it can only be a Titanic experience.
4) Kilkenny for dizzy heights
The view from the top of St Canice’s Cathedral Round Tower, a ninth century skyscraper, should provoke a pucker in medieval Kilkenny. It’s one of only two round towers that people can climb in Ireland.
Or try the Black Freren Gate on Abbey Street. Steal a kiss beneath that gate and the word is that it heals the past and bodes good luck for the future.
5) Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge for a challenge
Hold on tight to your loved one as you take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge across to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede in County Antrim. Completing the walk will get the pulse racing for sure.
But there’s is only one way off the island – back across the swinging bridge with nothing but the sea 20 metres below. Returning must be worth a peck at the very least.
6) The Cliffs of Moher for passion, drama and thrills
With a ton of blessings, proposals, renewals of vows and engagements under its belt, all Irish lovers know that the Cliffs of Moher is one of the most spectacular and romantic places in the country to share a special kiss.
Surprise your sweetheart with a boat trip to see them – the cliffs that is – from a whole new angle. Once over the thrill of nature they’re sure to get passionate in the lips department.
7) Adare Manor for romance in an Irish castle
It doesn’t get any more loving than taking your lover to the fairy tale Adare Manor, one of the finest and most famous five-star hotels in Ireland.
The County Limerick resort is dripping with kissing opportunities. How about the gorgeous footbridge overlooking the River Maigue – and with a candlelit trail from the manor house? It could be under the oldest cedar of Lebanon tree in the British Isles, or maybe a hot air balloon ride overlooking the grounds. Even the 18th green of the championship golf course with accompanying private fireworks display is possible. Definitely kiss and tell your friends occasions.
8) Glendalough for the magic of ancient Ireland
Thought by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland, this is a glacial valley where a monk named Kevin moved over 1,000 years ago. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, a graceful round tower, and various sites associated with the life of St Kevin.
Go there early and watch the sun rise, or go late and watch inky light fill the valley. Either way, you’ll be enveloped in romance from ancient Ireland. And that’s certainly worth a kiss.
9) Rathmullan House for being nuts about someone
This luxury hideaway in County Donegal is for those who are just nuts about each other. Set amid secluded golden beaches and spectacular coastal scenery Rathmullan House has it all – amazing food, indoor heated pool, sauna, tennis courts, massages and holistic treatments.
Couples who stay over this Valentines weekend will be offered a spot in the garden to plant a hazelnut tree. The lasting token of love will grow with your relationship and really show someone special that you care. Now that really deserves a kiss – and a cuddle too.
10) The Mountains of Mourne for more than a kiss
Take a helicopter ride over the Mountains of Mourne in County Down and it could lead to more than just a kiss. At least that’s what happened to Hakan Sakalli and Renata Stonkute who both work at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa where the mountains famously sweep down to the sea.
Through his friendship with retail magnet John Henderson, who arrives by helicopter to the hotel every Sunday for lunch, Hakan managed to fly Renata over the Mournes on a crisp clear Valentine’s Day last year. While hovering over the Royal County Down golf course Hakan proposed. Renata said yes, and on landing the champagne flowed. The couple married at the hotel in September. Ahh, x.