10 Best Locations For Destination Wedding In Ireland - Updated 2021

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When one thinks of the “Emerald Isle” of Ireland, what comes to mind are verdant, rolling landscapes, small and cobble-stoned towns, and vast terrains. This small yet culturally rich and endlessly interesting land is home Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Killarney National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, and many other lavish, olden castles, parks, and other tourist hot spots. But other than these places to see, Ireland’s green spaces, natural features, and constant cool and damp weather are the perfect combination for a laid-back and romantic wedding. With rainy climate and small-town vibe, you’ll have a wedding straight out of a romantic film. Not convinced that Ireland could be the place for your dream wedding? Let this list of best locations for destination weddings in Ireland change your mind.

1. Ballynahinch (from USD 405)

Treat your partner with a romantic destination wedding in Ireland by exploring all the gems that Ballynahinch has to offer. Ballynahinch is a beautiful town located in County Down, Northern Ireland. Visitors who visit this part of the world have so much to discover including Annadorn Dolmen, Loughinisland Churches, Montalto Estate and Slieve Croob. In case you choose Ballynahinch as your destination, you should consider Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, for a spectacular lakeside castle wedding. This wonderful accommodation also offers access to all of its indoor and outdoor facilities including a swimming pool, a tennis court and comfy rooms with smart TV, music players and 24-hour room service for guests. Come and enjoy activities including nature walking, pony trekking, and woodcock shooting all of which are organized by the hotel.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Address: Recess

Concierge service Special diet menus (on request) Shoeshine CCTV outside property Fishing Family rooms Kid-friendly buffet Parking

2. Newtown Mount Kennedy (from USD 156)

Are you looking forward to the best destination wedding ever? Newtown Mount Kennedy, a picturesque village in Ireland is just the place to be. Newtown Mount Kennedy boasts several spots including Great Sugar Loaf, Victor’s Way and Lough Tay. You can also book your wedding at award-winning The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club, which is a well-loved wedding venue for its gorgeous, manicured outdoor and garden settings, elegant decor, and professional planning services. The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club also offers wonderful leisure facilities including a swimming pool, an aerobics studio, a steam room, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium for your guests. Each room in this hotel is furnished with an air-conditioner, flat-screen TV, and two armchairs. Free parking is also available.

The Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club

Address: Glen of the Downs

On-site parking Lift Family rooms Trouser press Heated pool Kid-friendly buffet Breakfast in the room Heating

3. Cong (from USD 341)

How about holding your wedding at a castle? Located in County Mayo just an hour’s drive from Westport, Cong is a beautiful village known worldwide as the filming location for the Oscar-winning movie, ‘The Quiet Man’ which starred Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. There are countless activities you can indulge in while you are here including visiting some of the famous sites such as Cong Abbey and The Quiet Man Museum. There is also Ashford Castle, a grandiose, old structure where you can book The Lodge at Ashford Castle for your ceremony. Your big day will be held at a beautiful, lakeside setting amid a garden sanctuary–straight out of a fairy tale.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Address: Ashford Estate

Games room Bike tours Evening entertainment Express check-in/check-out Food can be delivered to guest accommodation CCTV outside property Books, DVDs, music for children Newspapers

4. Glaslough (from USD 289)

Located in County Monaghan, Glaslough is a magical village surrounded by ancient woodlands and glittering lakes. Most visitors have normally been attracted to this town thanks to its impressive historical and architectural features such as beautiful stone-cut period buildings. The town is full of spectacular attractions for visitors to explore including Castle Leslie and The Wildlife and Heritage Centre. The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate can guarantee your special day will be all you’ve dreamed of, especially when it’s billed as “Europe’s Most Romantic Hotel”. Its secluded rural setting and countryside vibes will give you a breathtaking celebration. It features a modern equestrian centre, an organic Victorian spa, and rooms with an en suite bathroom with roll-top bath and balconies that will award you with amazing views of the woodland for your guests as well.

The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate

Address: Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough

Concierge service Heating Gift shop Children's playground WiFi Available On-site parking Newspapers Chapel/shrine

5. Dublin (from USD 137)

The capital city of Ireland, Dublin is the largest city in Ireland and it attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its culture, architecture, and numerous attractions. For those who would love to explore the city, historic buildings include Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and The National Museum of Ireland are some of the must-visit sites. Meanwhile, hold your dream wedding at Clontarf Castle Hotel–its amazing facade, original 12th-century architectural splendour, and manicured gardens will create a perfect setting. It also features an award-winning restaurant and luxurious rooms with air-conditioning, LCD satellite TVs, free internet, and 24-hour room service your wedding guests will surely appreciate.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Address: Castle Avenue, Clontarf

Currency exchange Dry cleaning Sun terrace Security alarm CCTV outside property Internet services Non-smoking rooms Free WiFi

6. Ballyfarnon (from USD 237)

Ballyfarnon is a romantic village in northern County Roscommon known for its beautiful landscape, architecture, and culture. Those who choose to have their destination wedding in Ballyfarnon get to experience amazing hospitality while exploring all the hidden gems around which includes unexplored tracks and trails, exciting waterside towns, and beguiling Blueways. Hold your wedding at the award-winning Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa located just 45 minutes’ drive from Sligo Airport. Celebrate your special day at Kilronan Castle, and choose from several venue options for a magical ceremony. This romantic hotel features an indoor swimming pool, on-site spa, a fine dining restaurant, and spacious en suite rooms with a flat-screen TV, antique furniture, tea/coffee-making facilities, and free internet access for your guests.

Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa

Address: Castletenison Demesne

Kid-friendly buffet Safety deposit box Free WiFi CCTV outside property Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Vending machine (drinks) Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Cashless payment available

7. Straffan (from USD 347)

Located along the banks of River Liffey, only 25 km (15 miles) from the Irish capital Dublin, Straffan is a quaint town offering picturesque scenery and kind hospitality making it perfect for a destination wedding. During your stay here, you will have lots to discover including The Palmer Smurfit Course, The K Spa at The K Club, The Steam Museum, and Lodge Park Walled Garden. Have your wedding at the over 700-year-old Barberstown Castle, an elegant 13th-century castle located only 30 minutes’ drive from both Dublin city centre and the airport. It is a perfect venue for a rustic wedding, whatever your theme may be. The accommodation offers spacious rooms for your guests that feature elegant touches such as classic decors, antique furniture, chandeliers, smart TV, and unlimited access to the internet.

Barberstown Castle

Address: Straffan

8. Luttrellstown (from USD 6309)

Luttrellstown Castle in Clonsilla, on Dublin’s outskirts, dates back to the early 15th century. You can choose to hold your wedding at the majestic castle itself or in the alpine-lodge-style clubhouse. Both are sprawling venues that ensure a fairy-tale experience for your big day. Meanwhile, accommodations afford your guests classic, well-maintained rooms, a billiard room with pool, beautiful gardens, and activities like golfing and horseback riding.

9. Kingscourt (from USD 173)

Historically known as Dunaree, Kingscourt is a romantic town in County Cavan, Ireland. The town attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its beautiful landscape and beautiful spots for a destination wedding including Cabra Castle and Dun A Ri Forest Park. This 18th-century castle situated in a quiet location, overlooking huge grounds and the beautiful countryside, will make a wonderful venue for your wedding. Your guests will love Cabra Castle Hotel which features en suite rooms with mix-period furnishings and modern comforts such as a satellite TV, comfy beds, coffeemaker, and room service.

10. Kinnitty (from USD 162)

The picturesque village of Kinnitty is located 13 km (8 miles) east of Birr, and famous for its beautiful landscape, the culture, the favourable weather, and the numerous attractions. During your destination wedding, you should make sure you visit the nearby attractions which include Slieve Bloom Mountains, Saighir, Garraunbaun, and Fancroft Mill and Gardens. Have your wedding at Ireland’s “Most Romantic Wedding Venue” and relish the magnificent castle and garden locations. It also features world-class facilities such as a fine dining restaurant, a tennis court, and rooms with classic decor, unique furnishings, and features including cable TV, access to the internet, and en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, a hairdryer, and free toiletries for guests.

Romantic celebrations in Ireland

Verdant backgrounds, scenic and grandiose castles, and a cool, dewy climate–Ireland is a perfect setting for a storybook wedding. Check out these great options to choose the right fit for your special day and make memories of a lifetime.

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