Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year is just around the corner and Tourism Northern Ireland is spreading the love by highlighting some of the most romantic hotspots and stunning locations to woo that special someone in your life.
Tourism Northern Ireland Destination PR Officer Rachel Quigg says there is no shortage of romance filled locations and picture perfect settings in Northern Ireland.
“Northern Ireland is famous for its beautiful scenery, enchanting forests, stunning coastline and historic attractions and with romance in the air this is the perfect time of year to spend some quality time with that special person in your life.
“Whether you are looking for a picturesque spot to enjoy a picnic for two, delicious local produce cooked at award-winning restaurants, a romantic weekend away or the perfect location for your surprise proposal, Northern Ireland is full of wonderful places to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one,” added Rachel.
To help plan a Valentine’s Day to remember, Tourism Northern Ireland has highlighted some of Northern Ireland’s most romantic locations.
Go for a romantic stroll hand in hand and declare your love on one of Northern Ireland’s beautiful beaches. Why not get creative and write a love letter in the sand or pop that all important question to your significant other?
Part of a six mile stretch of golden sand, Downhill Strand is set against a magnificent backdrop of clifftop scenery. Also close-by is Portstewart Strand, at the mouth of the River Bann, which boasts domineering sand dunes and a hidden estuary.
A romantic road trip along the Antrim coastal road will capture your imagination and present you with picturesque beaches, ideal to sweep your loved one off their feet, including Whitepark Bay in Ballintoy and Portrush’s Whiterocks beach.
Co. Down also has a selection of beautiful beaches such as Murlough Bay in Dundrum with its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains and the award-winning Tyrella Beach in Downpatrick with its wide, flat sandy beach backed by mature dunes. You can even do some stargazing in the Mourne Mountains.
There are plenty of love-filled locations spread across Northern Ireland ideal for a romantic day out with promises that love will blossom.
Visit the Kissing Gate at Tannaghmore Gardens by the Craigavon Lakes in Co. Armagh. Legend has it that couples who kiss over the gate will marry within the year. If marriage is on your mind, why not take your other half along?
The Celtic Holestone in Doagh, Co. Antrim attracts couples all year round and tradition says that any woman who reaches her hand through the round hole in the stone, to grasp her partners, will pledge love to each other forever.
Capturing stunning views of the whole of North Down and Strangford Lough, Scrabo Tower in Newtownards has been a popular location for couples over the years as you can enjoy the paths through the quiet and peaceful countryside before reaching the top.
For something extra special, how about watching the sun go down at the world famous Giant’s Causeway, found along the Causeway Coastal Route, and bask in the romantic atmosphere and amazing views.
Gorgeous Gardens and Wonderful Woodlands
Put your best foot forward and enjoy some quality time together exploring Northern Ireland’s gorgeous landscape on a romantic walk.
Cave Hill Country Park in North Belfast offers panoramic views across the city, Belfast Lough and the surrounding areas from vantage points on the hillside. The grounds are also home to the stunning Belfast Castle.
Let love blossom at one of Northern Ireland’s gorgeous gardens such as Mount Stewart on the Ards Peninsula, Florence Court in west Fermanagh or Downhill Demesne in Derry~Londonderry.
If you like to be surrounded by glorious nature, then a visit to one of Northern Ireland’s forest parks might be the perfect destination for you and your sweetheart. Places like Tollymore Forest Park in Co. Down, Glenariff Forest Park, Co. Antrim and Slieve Gullion Forest Park and Gosford Forest Park in Co. Armagh, all offer stunning settings to enjoy a relaxing day out with your loved one.
Spanning counties Tyrone and Derry~Londonderry, the Sperrins region, has many love-filled walks and beauty spots including trails in Gortin Glen Forest Park near Omagh and Banagher Glen near Dungiven.
Last Minute Getaways
The Fermanagh Lakelands are renowned for being one of the most beautiful places in the UK and Ireland so a trip to Lusty Beg Island is sure to make anyone feel amorous.
A setting of peace and tranquillity, this haven is home to an Island Spa designed for the ultimate relaxing break or if you have something more adventurous in mind, why not try some couple’s activities such as cycling, canoeing or archery.
Rated as ‘one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide’, the Causeway Coastal Route offers some of the most breathtaking views in Northern Ireland with romantic castle ruins, tumbling waterfalls and rugged coastlines. Book a romantic break in the luxurious four-star Galgorm Resort & Spa and experience a vista with a difference.
For more information and ideas on romantic locations to propose, things to do over Valentine’s Day and some great offers visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/valentines or visit your local visitor information centre.