Top Romantic Locations
Places to tell them you’ll love them forever
Northern Ireland is full of stunning locations that will make you fall in love all over again. Often steeped in myth and legend they have their own unique tales to tell.
Northern Ireland also has some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, with long stretches of sand and dunes – the perfect place to fall in love all over again. Ideas include Benone Strand in County Londonderry, which has seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent backdrop of cliff scenery, and Murlough Beach in County Down which offers stunning views of the nearby Mourne Mountains.
Perched proudly on the sweeping Antrim coastline, where the darkest of basalt embraces the limestone cliffs of the Whiterocks, these historic castle ruins are rich in myths and legends. Take a romantic stroll and make a Valentine’s wish at the wishing well and let the Atlantic breeze provide an excuse to keep each other warm at the mermaid’s cave. If you are feeling particularly romantic how about a nice sailing trip off the coast?
The Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site is not only Northern Ireland's most famous attraction, but an equally romantic and thought-provoking location, especially at sunset.
- 3. Take their breath away with a visit to the iconic Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne
Although in ruins the drama of the mansion is still evident. The stunning, circular Mussenden Temple which is perched upon a precipitous cliff edge has some ofd the best views of the North Coast - a location that's been making hearts skip a beat for centuries. Mussenden Temple is now also a wedding venue!
The Rope Bridge challenge is well worth it. It covers a 30 metre deep and 20 metre wide chasm to Carrick-a-Rede island is not only a Site of Special Scientific Interest, but a great way to see some unrivalled coastal scenery. Feeling a little nervous about the whole experience? What better way to hold your loved one's hand or get some well deserved support!
If your other half is a history buff, they'll love a visit to this 800-year-old castle on the shores of Belfast Lough. One of Northern Ireland's most striking monuments, it looks particularly impressive when illuminated in the evenings. And who knows, you might return one day - the castle is a popular wedding venue!
Beautiful, watery County Fermanagh is a ideal for a Valentine's getaway. Avail of a short break offer in the pretty island town of Enniskillen, take the Lough Navar Forest Drive and enjoy a picnic with breathtaking views over Lower Lough Erne, and go for a stroll around one of the county's three National Trust properties: Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom. Another option is Castle Archdale Country Park which offers a variety of tranquil walks along the shores of Lower Lough Erne.
Explore the dramatic and rugged landscapes of the Mournes, which inspired C.S. Lewis' magical land of Narnia. Reconnect with each other on an invigorating stroll in this wonderful hiking country or, for a more unusual Valentine's experience, treat your partner and yourself to a hot seaweed bath at SOAK in the resort town of Newcastle.
- 8. Rekindle your relationship on the shores of Lough Neagh
If you fancy somewhere off the beaten track where you can simply spend some quality time together, head to Lough Neagh. The area around the loughshore has some beautiful walks and attractions, such as pretty Ballyronan Marina, the impressive 10th century Ardboe High Cross or the quaint nearby Coyles Cottage. Definitely worth a visit is Tannaghmoe Gardens in Craigavon - couples who canoodle over its Kissing Gate are said to marry within the year!
If you and your partner are active types, head along to the Sperrins region this Valentine's. The area has has some beautiful open spaces for walking - options include Gortin Glen Forest Park near Omagh and Banagher Glen near Dungiven. If you're after an adrenalin fix, the region also has some excellent outdoor activity centres, such as The Jungle NI, Moneymore and Todds Leap, Ballygawley.
For an alternative Valentine's excursion, why not take your loved one on a leisurely ride one of Northern Ireland's excellent cycling trails? Ideas include the peaceful (and traffic-free) Newry Canal Towpath in County Armagh, or the extensive new walking and cycling routes at Castle Ward in County Down.