I traveled to Ireland for a study-abroad trip a few years ago and found it to be one of the most magical, awe-inspiring places I’ve ever visited. The stunning scenery, history, and friendly people make it a destination that should be on everyone’s “must visit” list. For the adventurous bride and groom who also love nature, Ireland would make a fabulous destination for a honeymoon.
Attempting to narrow down a list of sites to see when honeymooning in Ireland can seem a bit daunting, but I spoke with the very knowledgeable Stephanie Garner of Memphis travel agency Travel Leaders to get the scoop on five places you simply have to check out when visiting Ireland for your honeymoon!
1. Ring of Kerry
If you and your groom are in the mood for a long leisurely car ride, Stephanie recommends Ireland’s most popular scenic drive. Honeymooners will love the Ring of Kerry’s fabulous coastal scenery, including mountain landscapes and beautiful beaches. This horseshoe-shaped drive is about 110 miles long and is well known for “Ladies View” – a spectacular view of three lakes and breath-taking mountain ranges in the background.
2. Cliffs of Moher
Head farther north on the west coast of Ireland towards Galway to check out these dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic, dropping almost seven hundred feet into the sea! The limestone wall serves as a gorgeous backdrop and stretches along the coast for eight miles. If you and your groom are a particularly adventurous couple, Stephanie says you may want to give windsurfing a try while you’re there. Beaches along this coastal region are well-known for the great windsurfing opportunities due to the brisk Moher air!
There is so much to see and experience in Ireland’s capital city, which makes Dubin very popular with honeymooners, according to Stephanie. There’s plenty of sight-seeing and shopping to be done here, along with checking out the famous Guinness Storehouse, where creamy draft beer has been brewed for 250 years. Stephanie also suggests taking in The Old Jameson Distillery to see whiskey production techniques. Since Dublin was founded over 1,000 years ago, there are a ton of historical sites to visit, such as Trinity College which was founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592 and St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church and National Cathedral.
4. Blarney Castle
Checking out this castle is a must for newly-wed couples says Stephanie! It features the Blarney Stone, also known as the Stone of Eloquence (found at the top of the tower). According to legend, anyone who kisses the stone is rewarded with royalty and eloquence…sounds like a pretty great start to a marriage to me! This 600 year-old castle is set among colorful flowers and trees and is a world landmark – making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
5. House of Waterford Crystal
Your Irish honeymoon would not be complete without a trip to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here, you and your groom can learn glass-blowing and see the one-of-a-kind masterpieces Waterford is known for. The area of Waterford is south of Dublin and is also home to the charming 500 year-old Waterford Castle which is reached by ferry on its own island.
To get the most out of a honeymoon in Ireland, Stephanie advises brides to come up with an itinerary that best fits the couple’s interests and wishes. The couple can easily drive the whole of Ireland but need to allow the time to do so. She says this type of honeymoon is not just about sites but being able to enjoy the small towns and local people. Stephanie and the rest of the Travel Leaders team would love to help you plan your honeymoon today! Make sure you check out their website and Facebook page, and give Stephanie a call at 901-377-6600. Tell her The Pink Bride sent you!
All photos courtesy of Pink Lady Kathleen.