Ireland offers some of the most outstanding locations to ask someone’s hand in marriage.
From stunningly wild and rural locations to luxurious historic castles, there are endless choices on offer. Here we detail our top Five locations for the perfect proposal in the Emerald Isle.
Gougane Barra, West Cork
Nestled in an area of outstanding beauty, Gougane Barra Forest Park comprises over 350 acres of land in the Shehy mountains in West Cork. A former Monastic site, Gougane Barra is home to many unusual trees including, Sitka spruce, Japanese larch and Scots pine all mingling effortlessly with the native flora and fauna. The lake, mountains and trees provide for a fairytale backdrop in Winter. If an intimate, wild and woodsy location is what your looking for, then this spot may be the perfect location for your perfect proposal.
The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
While famously windy and touristy at the best of times, there is still no doubt that the Cliffs of Moher make for an unforgettable proposal destination. Wild, rugged and almost surreal, these cliffs rarely disappoint. Best not to propose too close to the edge, getting down on one knee in this location is often not as easy as it looks so do a little homework and find the perfect spot. Perhaps even hire a locally based photographer to capture your picture perfect moment. This wonderfully rural setting has lots of local eateries and cosy pubs to relax in and enjoy your special moment.
Lovers of literature take note! Take a walk in the footsteps of Molly & Leopold Bloom. Howth Head is of course the location where Leopold Bloom proposes to Molly in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Sweeping sea views and the romantic allure of the Baily Lighthouse form a striking backdrop for which to present the love of your life with his or her dream engagement ring. Howth Castle, the National Transport Museum, the Martello Tower and Lambay Island are but some of the attractions that can be found on the gorgeous gorse strewn Cliff Path Loop.
Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois
Laois’ exclusive Ballyfin Demense truly is the height of luxury. Best for those that really want to go all out on the proposal. Here you will be spoilt for choice with some excellent proposal locations to choose from. The grotto, the temple, the water cascade, the tower and many romantic areas by the lake are all stunning options to choose from. You can even hire a Butler to take you on the private row boat on the lake. A quick look at Tripadvisor and you will see reviews titled ‘A little bit of Heaven on Earth’, ‘Paradise’, ‘24 hours of Heaven’! A proposal here will be a wonderful talking point for many years to come.
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Ashford Castle Estate, Co. Mayo
For the perfect proposal in a lush and rural Irish setting, there really is no better place to propose than Ashford Castle. Offering one of the most romantic places in the world to pop the question, the Castle and it’s vast surroundings offer endless opportunities for the perfect proposal. Activities on offer include, falconry, horse riding, fishing and boating to name but a few. Ashford Castle also offers Jaunting Cart rides where you can choose between a traditional horse drawn carriage tour of either the castle’s ancient forest or the picturesque lake. Neither route will disappoint and both offer countless dreamy locations for a fairytale proposal.
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