There's romance around every corner in Galway and these unique places are just perfect to experience – made even better with someone by your side.
On entering the Castle gates and passing the gate lodge, guests could not but be inspired by the haunting scenery and the stunning mile long driveway of this Irish Castle. Dating back to 1807, Lough Cutra Castle and Estate has a rich and varied history. The Castle itself was built during the Gothic revival period and is idyllically situated overlooking the Estate's 1000 acre lake.
Today Lough Cutra Castle stands more magnificently than ever, retaining much of the original estate grounds, it is surely one of the most remarkable and dreamy properties in Ireland.
Few venues anywhere in the world could provide such a romantic and intimate setting to - 'Pop the question'. Indeed, to celebrate your wedding at Ballynahinch Castle is to make a statement. This is not your average destination; it is an exclusive yet unpretentious castle; it is a truly breathtaking setting.
Completly immersed in Connemara, surrounded by woodland and mountains overlooking the Owenmore River, Ballynahinch is the perfect base to explore Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way.
A garden roof terrace overlooking Lough Corrib and the twinkling lights of the city, floor to ceiling windows with stunning views but also the ultimate privacy and comfort, Moonstone is the perfect hideaway for a honeymoon, proposal or a romantic break.
Perched in one of Galway's most desirable locations, this contemporary design-led villa-style luxury residence has a private gym, sauna, state of the art jacuzzi, wraparound super fast turbo sunbed and remote control mood lighting and entertainment systems, so that there's no reason to leave!
It doesn't get more romantic than the Orient Express and Glenlo Abbey Hotel has two original carriages dating from 1927 that served on the Paris to Istanbul to St. Petersburg route and now offer guests a dining experience like no other.
Glenlo Abbey is one of Galway's most-loved destinations, and for romance, it offers an utterly romantic getaway in a stunning 138-acre estate. The 50 bedrooms and suites have the best of old-world charm and comfort, and the relaxed atmosphere comes from the fact that Glenlo Abbey has been welcoming guests since 1740 and remains an extraordinary place to create lasting memories.
Decadent interiors enhance the alluring design and renowned luxurious suites. Gourmet dining is available in the award-winning Gigi's Restaurant while there is a choice of elegant and relaxing signature Lounges.
The exclusive ESPA Spa, situated on the upper two floors of the hotel, features a fitness studio with a range of cardiovascular exercise machines, resistance and free weights for the ultimate in Spa wellness. The Philip Treacy designed 5-Star G Hotel & Spa is centrally situated less than five minutes from Galway City Centre.
A perfect escape right on the shores of Lough Corrib, this Five Star Lodge offers clients serenity and solace, "a rare opportunity to immerse yourself completely in Connemara's unspoilt countryside".
Conveniently located within a mile of Oughterard town, on the Galway to Clifden road, this is one of Ireland's most scenic routes and the preferred base for touring Connemara, Galway, Clare and Mayo.
Jasmine Cottage, the perfect hideaway for two, has a tasteful, eclectic interior with rough plastered walls, sink-in armchairs, a lovely turf fire and oriental rugs and art, pottery and books collected from around the world. Owner Amelia Joyce, privileged to be a Joyce from Joyce Country has lived all over the world, but has chosen this magical spot to welcome guests – and it's not surprising as it's a place to linger and be in the moment. Her knowledge and passion for her surroundings bring Connemara to life for those lucky enough to stay.
Rated by the Guardian newspaper as one of the 'special places to stay in Ireland', this lakeside retreat is as romantic as it gets. French doors and windows open to vistas of the one and a half acre gardens and the waters of Lough Corrib.