Five Most Unusual Romantic Places in Ireland
1. Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan
Castle Leslie offers regal sanctuary in the most unusual, enchanting and luxurious accommodation set in 1,000 acres of ancient woodland and glittering lakes. The Leslie family have lived in the Castle since the 1660's entertaining politicians, ambassadors and the worlds stars. Spoil yourself and spend a remarkable week-end living like a King and Queen – morning horseback riding through the ancient woodland, pampering yourself in the Victorian spa or dancing at the Gala Ball.
2. Kinsale, Co. Cork
Kinsale is one of the most picturesque villages in Ireland with beautiful buildings, fantastic restaurants and intimate pubs snugly tucked away on it's narrow streets. It's a fantastic place to spend a few lazy days, sleeping late in a range of fine accommodations dotted along the harbor, stroll around the town popping in here and there for an odd pint or a bite of some world renowned seafood cuisine. Duck out into the festival night for traditional music sessions, dancing and theater.
3. Whitefriar Church, Dublin
Go spend some time in the home of remains the actual patron saint of Lovers – Saint Valentine! His remains are interred in Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin. It is located between Aungier Street and Wexford Street, and is just a few minutes' walk west of St Stephen's Green. It has become a pilgrimage for those seeking love, celebrating love and indeed cursing love! But what an ideal place to propose to your beloved!
4. Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Irealnd. It was built in the fifteenth century. Each evening medieval banquets are put on and you are treated as guests at a medieval court complete with jesters, singers and musicians. Phone ahead to the organizers and inform them of your intention to propose to your beloved and they will arrange a minstrel serenading your lady while you offer a ring or other token of love to her.
5. Ross Castle, Lough Sheelin, Co. Meath
Sleep a night in the haunted Ross Castle on the banks of Lough Sheelin. The ghost of Sabina Nugent is said to roam the flagstones of the castle. She was the daughter of an English lord known as the Black Baron because of his infamous ill-temper. She fell in love with Orwin O'Reilly son of an Irish chieftain. They decided to elope but Orwin drowned while he was rowing over the lake to collect her. Sabina died of a broken heart and to this day she haunts the castle, searching for her lover. How about spending a romantic evening snuggled away in such a palace of romance.