9 Days/8 Nights Romantic Tour of Ireland
Looking for the perfect honeymoon in Ireland - then choose this luxurious Blue Book romantic getaway...
Arrive in Dublin and head straight for the heart of Georgian Dublin. Enjoy all the thrills of staying in this vibrant city. Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and an open-top bus tour of the city. Make sure to include a visit to the historic Trinity College Library on your itinerary. Here you can view the famous Book of Kells - a hand-illustrated manuscript written over 1000 years ago. Stay overnight at The Merrion Hotel - a sumptuous 5-star hotel and ideal for your first night of romance. Dine in either Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, next door to the hotel, or L’Ecrivain Restaurant, just a stone’s throw away. Or you could wander hand-in-hand Parnell Square, where you can visit the Hugh Lane Gallery or the Dublin Writers Museum before dinner in Chapter One. All three restaurants have a Michelin star rating.
Or perhaps you would prefer to visit the King Sitric Restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth - just a short train ride on the DART from Dublin city centre.
Overnight: The Merrion Hotel
Close to Dublin City options: Barberstown Castle or King Sitric Restaurant Fish Restaurant & Accommodation
Driving south on the west side of the Wicklow mountains you will find yourself in a wonderful parkland landscape. Passing the famous Curragh racecourse you will see many jockeys practising for the big race days. Stop, on-route, at Russborough House, often referred to as one of the most beautiful properties in Ireland. Amble through the peaceful gardens or explore the impressive private art collection. Pop into the charming tea rooms before departing for delicious tea and scones.
Your first night in the countryside will be at the irresistibly lovely Rathsallagh House, where you will find an abundance of peace and quiet. Wonderfully large romantic bedrooms await you. Breakfast is their ‘piéce de resistance’ and will set you up the next day for your travels.
Overnight: Rathsallagh House
Take a drive across the majestic Wicklow Mountains and arrive at Glendalough - a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. It is an area renowned for its natural beauty and history. Stop at the Avoca Handweavers for a light lunch and some shopping before continuing on to Gorey. Overnight at the luxurious Marlfield House, a magnificent Regency House, where all the bedrooms are beautifully designed for lovers of romance.
Overnight: Marlfield House
Drive to the south coast of the country and take a walk around the romantic Kilmokea Gardens and then a quick visit to the famous Hook Lighthouse, one of the world’s oldest operational lighthouses. Overnight at Dunbrody House Hotel, where food is their passion and the owner, Kevin Dundon is one of the country’s most renowned chefs.
Overnight: Dunbrody House
A visit to the House of Waterford Crystalis always a treat. Go behind the scenes and learn how the intricate crystal masterpieces are created. Those on honeymoon may also wish to buy some lovely traditional cut glass crystal champagne flutes to bring home.
Your next night will be a famous farmhouse called Ballymaloe House, home to the finest of organically produced country produce. Their cosy bedrooms are filled with period furnishings and other small touches, which provide a wonderfully romantic ambience combined with an abundance of Irish charm.
Overnight: Ballymaloe House
Once you drag yourself reluctantly from the warm embrace of Ballymaloe House take some time to stop for a tour of the nearby Jameson Distillery in Midleton, home of Irish whiskey. Your romantic sojourn will take you on a short drive to visit Fota House and Victorian Working Garden. Fota House is an architectural masterpiece and treasure trove of art. Overnight in Longueville House - a beautiful Georgian Manor whose bedrooms are all individually decorated to the highest standard and bursting with antiques and heirlooms.
Overnight: Longueville House
Drive from Longueville House towards North Kerry and visit the town of Listowel, home to all those would-be writers, as this was the home of the famous playwright John B. Keane. Enjoy a pint in John B. Keane’s pub before heading off towards Ballingarry, near Adare village. Your last night will be in the quaint Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, where all the herbs and vegetables are homegrown. Don’t forget to ask for the four-poster bedroom for added luxury and romance!
Overnight: Mustard Seed
Drive north from Ballingarry towards county Galway, home to the breathtaking landscapes of Connemara, the lively city of Galway itself and the myriad of charming and colourful seaside towns and villages along the Galway coast. Check in to the 5 Star Glenlo Abbey hotel for a glamorous end to your trip. Just minutes outside of Galway city, it the perfect base for exploring the city as well as being easy driving distance from many of the main places of interest in Galway, including Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara National Park
Overnight: Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Drive from Galway to Shannon Airport or Dublin Airport for your outgoing flight