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... and with 2016 being a Leap Year its the perfect opportunity to pop the question! Below are some of our most romantic hotspots for some inspiration.
• Be amazed at the awe-inspiring scenery at Dunluce Castle
Perched proudly on the sweeping Antrim coastline, these historic castle ruins are rich in myth and legend. The castle's magical setting is said to have been the inspiration for the the dramatic Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. It was also included in BBC Countryfile Magazine's top 10 romantic ruins.
• See the sunset at the Giant's Causeway (World Heritage Site)
The world famous Giant's Causeway on the north Antrim Coast is a very romantic and atmospheric location, especially at sunset. Enjoy a brisk cliff-top walk along the Causeway Coast Way, which passes through the site.
• Enjoy a romantic Valentine's break in the Fermanagh Lakelands
Beautiful, watery Fermanagh is a ideal for a Valentine's getaway. Avail of a short break offer on the shores of tranquil Lough Erne, enjoy a picnic at Lough Navar Forest Walk and go for a stroll around one of the county's three National Trust properties: Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom.
• Experience romantic highs in the Mourne Mountains
Explore the dramatic and rugged landscapes of the Mournes, another location which inspired the magical land of Narnia. Reconnect with each other on an invigorating walk at Kilbroney Park or for a more unusual Valentine's experience, treat the two of you to a hot seaweed bath at SOAK in the seaside town of Newcastle.
• Take their breath away with a visit to the iconic Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne
The stunning Mussenden Temple, which was inspired by the Temple of Vesta near Rome, is perched on a cliff edge and offers some of the best views of the North Coast. It can also be booked as a wedding venue!
• Take a boat tour and challenge the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge together
Admire the unrivalled coastal scenery and hold on tight to your loved one as you take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge across to the tiny Carrick-a-Rede island.
• Try an active Valentine's in Tyrone & the Sperrins
If you're the active types, head along to the Tyrone & 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.
• Rekindle your relationship on the shores of Lough Neagh
If you fancy somewhere off the beaten track for some quality time together, head to Lough Neagh. The area around the loughshore has some beautiful walks and attractions, such as Antrim Lough Shore Park, Ballyronan Marina, the impressive 10th century Ardboe High Cross or the quaint Coyles Cottage nearby. Definitely worth a visit is Tannaghmore Gardens in Craigavon: couples who canoodle over its kissing gate are said to marry within the year!
• Blow away the cobwebs with a beautiful beach walk
Northern Ireland has some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, with long stretches of sand and dunes – ideal for a gentle Valentine's stroll. Ideas include the seven-mile Benone Strand in County Londonderry and Murlough Beach in County Down with its stunning views of the Mourne Mountains.
• Pledge your love at the legend of the lovestone
Visit the ancient celtic holestone in Doagh, County Antrim and pledge your love to each other forever.
Take the ‘Leap’ on February 29th
2016 is a Leap Year and on February 29, tradition dictates that women can get down on bended knee and propose marriage to their partners! To celebrate the tradition, we are on the look out to find the most romantic proposal idea and help make it happen for one lucky lady and her unsuspecting partner.
To enter, email your proposal idea in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us in 200 words or less why your proposal, inspired by Northern Ireland, should be the winner. Closing date for entries is February 10. Good luck!
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