5 Amazing Places In Ireland To Honeymoon At Home

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It sometimes seems too good to be true – finding paradise without getting on a plane. From seaside to countryside, Ireland has its fair share of beautiful, scenic staycation opportunities. So, for your honeymoon, look no further – everything you’ve ever wanted is right on your doorstep, you just haven’t discovered it yet.

1. Crookhaven Lighthouse, Cork

Crookhaven Lighthouse perfectly describes itself as ‘luxury accommodation on the wild Atlantic way’. This breath-taking lighthouse rental offers the choice of the modern ‘Long House’, built in 2008, or the charming original cottage, founded in 1843.

Both are situated next to the lighthouse itself, and are made for bright and breezy days, cosy romantic dinners and celebratory champagne sipping whilst admiring Ireland’s most South Westerly point.

2. The Strand Inn, Waterford

In the stunning seaside village of Dunmore East, The Strand Inn is an iconic staycation destination known for its locally sourced seafood and authentic nautical atmosphere.

Not only does this place pride itself on its relaxing and calming environment, it also offers the chance to discover the best of parts of being beside the sea. From cliff walks to hidden beaches to boat trips, you will have some amazing postcard-worthy photo opportunities here.

3. Turin Castle, Mayo

If you prefer the countryside, why not go the extra mile and stay in the medieval Turin Castle? With its white stone walls, rustic beams, jewel-toned furniture and roaring woodfire – you’ll feel like a king and queen staying here, what more could you want for your honeymoon?

The area abounds with natural beauty, with the mountains and lakes of Connemara less than an hour away and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher approximately an hour and a half away, Turin Castle offers plenty to explore as well as being perfect secluded gateway for newly-wed couples.

4. Smithstown Castle, Clare

Keeping up with the castle-in-the-countryside theme – set away from busy roads on almost five acres of mature grounds overlooking a river valley, Smithstown Castle offers tranquillity, privacy and solitude. Perfect for unwinding after a busy wedding.

Boasting beautiful interiors including four-poster beds, a regal drawing room, period-esque furniture, candle-lighting and a surrounding private demesne, this destination is as royal and rustic as they come.

5. Castle Leslie Estate, Monaghan

Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate offers boundless options of luxury accommodation. From old stable mews to village cottages; boutique lodges to heritage castle suites – you will be spoilt for choice on which to pick for your stay.

Castle Leslie is like its own little world, with hundreds of indoor treatments to relax you and outdoor activities to excite you. Perfect for when you want to immerse yourself in your own little honeymoon bubble. Why not try a horse-drawn carriage ride to add to your fairy-tale happily-ever-after ending?


You see, it is possible. Paradise is literally just around the corner.

By Amy Pollock, Excalibur Press