The most romantic places in Northern Ireland

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Finding romance is never easy but, with its stunning landscapes steeped in myth and legend, Northern Ireland provides the perfect backdrop for real-life love stories to unfold. Here are a few of our favourite spots

Majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, captivating castles, rivers, lakes, and secluded scenic spots lie in wait for couples looking to get away from it all in Northern Ireland. But where are the best spots to find a romantic escape? Here are five of the best.

Mourne Mountains

South-East (Province of Ulster)

The Mourne Mountains, known in Gaelic as ‘na Beanna Bóirche’, are famed the world over for their majestic beauty and as the inspiration for C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. In the words of songwriter Percy French you will be in the place ‘where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’ and you can’t help but be swept away by the beauty of it.

Mourne Mountains

Fermanagh Lakes

South-West (County Fermanagh)

Northern Ireland’s very own Lake District is another great spot to get away from it all. The stunning Fermanagh lakes are steeped in myths that help to add even more romance to this secluded setting. One legend tells of how the lakes were formed when the beautiful Erne and her maidens dissolved their bodies into a lake to escape the attentions of a fearsome giant. Today, the picturesque lake views are still enough to melt any heart.

Fermanagh lakes

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Dunluce Castle

North (County Antrim, BT57 8UY)

Found where the darkest basalt of Antrim’s undulating coastline meets the white limestone cliffs, this medieval castle is truly awe-inspiring. Lovers can cuddle against the breeze and make wishes at the well before sailing off into the sunset.

Dunluce castle

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Lough Neagh

Central (5 of Ireland’s counties border its shores)

The shore of Northern Ireland’s largest lake offer plenty of opportunities for secluded strolls, romantic boat trips and perfect picnics. To the west, the pretty Ballyronan Marina is definitely worth a visit while the impressive 10th century Ardboe High Cross of County Tyrone is an inspirational example of long-lasting devotion. Be sure to pay a visit to the Kissing Gate in the Tannaghmore Gardens (Craigavon, County Armagh) – couples who embrace here are said to be set for a wedding before the year ends.

Lough Neagh

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Giant’s Causeway

North-East (County Antrim)

You may not find yourself all alone at Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, but it’s especially romantic at sunset. Couples who visit will certainly have to take one step at a time; the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were the result of an ancient volcanic eruption – or the remains of an ancient giant’s bridge to battle. Expect plenty of opportunities for hand-holding while admiring the natural beauty of the geometric pillars.

Giant's Causeway

 


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