Now that the January Blues should be well and truly out of the way, it might be time to treat yourself to some romance this Valentines or indeed any time this February.
1. Tour the picturesque Kylemore Abbey & Romantic Walled Gardens
Tour the beautiful estate & gardens and learn all about the tragic love story of Mitchell Henry & his beloved wife Margaret; a story full of romance and sadness.
The estate had been bought and planned as an elaborate love token for Margaret and as a ‘nesting place’ for the growing Henry family.
2. Valentines Overnight Hotel Break with Dinner
Perched on edge of the Renvyle peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, Renvyle House Hotel offers the ideal getaway for you and your loved one. Take an overnight break (or two!) at the famous Renvyle House Hotel with gourmet dinner on the evening of arrival. Book Online
3. Catch a New Show – Valentine’s Day
Share the Love this Là l’Valintín.
Don’t miss the Queen of Connemara, Caitriona Ní Cheannabhàin & her new show “Songs from The Mists” this Valentine’s Day. This promises to be a spectacular show with song, music and dance. The show takes place at Clifden Station House Theatre on Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb. Doors opening 8pm. Show starts at 8.30 pm. See more details.
4. Dinner for 2 At the Marconi Restaurant Clifden
After a long day enjoying the sites and stories of Connemara come to Clifden and enjoy a meal like the locals do in the Marconi Restaurant Clifden. The Marconi specialises in seafood and traditional Irish favourites using fresh, seasonal locally sourced ingredients. Booking is advised.
5. Book a Self-catering Cottage for Two
Could there be a more romantic and unique experience that staying in one of the romantic little cottages peppered throughout Connemara?
Turf fire, cosy couches, and tons of things to do during the day – why not?
6. Enjoy a Spa, Massage or Treatment
Take some time out and experience the ocean at the Connemara Sands Luxury Spa with Voya Seaweed Baths. Also on offer is a range of stimulating and indulging massage therapy treatments. Advance booking required.
7. Romantic Drives Galore
Connemara is packed full of driving routes and promises fabulous sea and countryside views around every turn. Take our suggested drive or make up your own route – either way there’s lots to see and loads of romantic photo opportunities too!
Love Connemara Suggestion: The North Route
This drive will begin and end in Clifden and will cover a large part of North Connemara. Start your drive by leaving the bustling market town of Clifden via the Sky Road. The Sky Road is one of the most picturesque areas in the Connemara region. The peninsula is also a part of the Wild Atlantic Way driving route. At the viewing point high up on the hill you will find unbeatable views of the Connemara countryside, the Atlantic Ocean, The Islands, and the coastline of Co. Mayo to the North, and Co. Clare to the south. Continue the route towards Claddaghduff, Omey Strand and on to Cleggan.
It is worth exploring the area to experience the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and breath-taking seascapes. Omey Beach is an ideal stop off point for a romantic stroll to Omey Island which can be reached on foot at low tide. Follow the route on to Letterfrack where you will find the Connemara National Park. Enjoy any of the wonderful nature and walking trails, scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Leaving Letterfrack, follow the N59 on to Kylemore Abbey. As well as the being an iconic building in a beautiful location, Kylemore Abbey is also home to the Sisters of the Benedictine Order, in Ireland, since 1920. Today it is still a working Abbey where the sisters live, work, pray and welcome visitors from around the world.
Next stop is the Inagh Valley where you will be surrounded by breath-taking mountain and lake views. The valley separates the Twelve Bens from the Maamturk Mountains and its lakes, woodlands and hills are enjoyed by many walkers, fishermen and artists. On your return route to Clifden town you will see Pine Island which lies within Derryclare Lough. This is a popular viewpoint for visitors to the area and a great place for photo opportunities. The lough is popular with fishermen for both salmon and trout.
8. Romantic Rambles
What better way to explore the countryside than to take in one of the many walking trails in the area. We have some suggestions for you here:
Try the River walks at the stunning Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & don’t miss The Fisherman’s Pub afterwards. Also, nearby is the recently completed 6km section of the Connemara Greenway – a pleasant stroll within the idyllic Connemara scenery.
Roundstone’s Beach Walks
Explore Dogs Bay, a horseshoe shaped bay with more than a mile long stretch of white sandy beach. It backs on to Gurteen Bay, and together they form a tombolo which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. This is an amazingly scenic area and a wonderful spot for a romantic stroll. Don’t forget to pop into Roundstone village after for a hot bowl of O’Dowds famous chowder!
Derrigimlagh Discovery Point
Learn about the local heritage by visiting one of only sixteen special walks on the Wild Atlantic Way – the Derrigimlagh Discovery Point
Diamond Hill Trails
Challenge yourself to the Lower Diamond walk or Upper Diamond Walk – both in the heart of Connemara National Park!
9. Say it with Connemara Marble!
Connemara is home to the famous Connemara Marble. Give your loved one a piece of Connemara Marble wrapped in the loving hands of the Claddagh jewellery.
View pieces @ The Celtic Shop / Tara Jewellers at Main Street Clifden and Joyce’s Craft Shop in Recess.
10. Above All, Don’t Forget The Basics!
– Roses? Pop in to Pamela & Eric at the Connemara Florist
– Romantic cards and cute gifts? – Kings Paper Shop – open all day long!
– Prosecco, Champagne, Chocolates? – The Connemara Hamper is a treasure trove for all things romantic!