Ireland is the best place in the world for your adventure elopement!
If you’re going to elope in Ireland or Northern Ireland, you need to read this blog! So many couples are planning their dream elopement days in Ireland. I’m an adventure elopement photographer & guide, and I’m here to help you have the most amazing experience when you elope here on the Emerald Isle.
What is an elopement?
The 2020 definition of an elopement is worlds away from the traditional definition! It used to mean running away in secret to get married. There would be slightly negative vibes associated with it as though the couple were doing something sneaky or underhand. It was seen as though the bride was being stolen away.
The 2020 definition of eloping is a million miles away from that. There are zero negative connotations to a couple eloping today. The world has moved on & couples now have the freedom to decide how they want to get married, where they get married & with whom they want to get married.
A 2020 elopement is simply two people getting married in an intentionally small way. Sometimes it is just the couple, sometimes it involves a handful of close friends and relatives. The most important element of an elopement is the couple’s freedom to choose how they get married.
Elopements vs Big Weddings
If the idea of planning a big wedding fills you full of anxiety then choosing to elope is a no brainer! You are allowed to get married to the one you love anyway you want. Not everyone dreams of spending the day being the centre of attention and that is ok. Not everyone dreams of making small talk to 100+ people on what is meant to be the best day of their lives and that is ok. Not everyone feels comfortable saying their heartfelt vows in front of a large crowd. For a lot of people for their wedding day to be meaningful, it just needs to be smaller.
Big weddings aren’t bad, they just aren’t a great fit for a lot of couples. Most of the couples who I’ve helped elope in Ireland really value experiences over things and they want to create an elopement day that reflects that.
Why should you elope in Ireland?
Ireland is a total dream location for your adventure elopement wedding day! With its rugged coastlines, ancient Castles, rolling green hills, rich history & friendly people it makes for a fairy tale setting. So many modern couples are ditching their traditional wedding plans because they want a stress free day that is about their relationship. When couples decide to elope they often feel like a huge weight has been lifted from their shoulders. The burden of trying to please so many people & big wedding plans just aren’t for some couples.
Your wedding dreams can come true when you say yes to an elopement in Ireland!
Could you imagine saying your vows in front of an Irish Castle, then heading to epic cliff tops for portraits, then having your first drink (it’s got to be Guinness!) as a married couple in an Irish pub and maybe even having a first dance there too! All these things can happen if you choose Ireland as the destination for your elopement or small wedding. Your special day will be your greatest adventure so far!
What are the 10 Best Places to Elope in Ireland & Northern Ireland?
As an adventure elopement photographer based in Ireland, I’m constantly on the look out for the best elopement locations for my couples to get married. Ireland seriously has so many places that are unreal, it really is one of the best places to elope in Europe!
Here are, in my opinion, the 10 best places to elope in Ireland. You will not believe how many incredible locations there are on this small island!
- Dunluce Castle, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
- Kinbane Head, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
- The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland
- Menlo Castle, Co Galway, Ireland
- Murlough Bay, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
- Cliff top path at the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
- Killarney National Park, Co Kerry, Ireland
- Dunseverick Castle, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
- The Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, Ireland
- The Mourne Mountains, Co Down, Northern Ireland
1. Dunluce Castle, Co Antrim
Number one on my list for anyone planning to elope to Ireland would have to be Dunluce Castle. This iconic castle is situated on the County Antrim Coastline in Northern Ireland. It’s an absolute fairytale spot to get married! Built in the 1500’s this medieval ruin casts a dramatic & imposing shadow on the Causeway Coast line. The ancient ruin was actually built on the rocks of the coastal cliffs. As far as adventure elopement go it doesn’t get much more epic than this! Click HERE to check out my 2020 guide to Dunluce Castle elopements. If you’re planning to elope in Ireland you’ll struggle to find a more impressive location than Dunluce Castle.
The field that overlooks Dunluce Castle is owned by a local farmer, so permission for access will need to be sought prior to the day of your elopement. If you choose this spot for your ceremony, there is a fee to pay to the farmer. I have the farmers contact information so can arrange this for you.
2. Kinbane Head, Co Antrim
Rugged cliffs, an ancient Castle & a waterfall! Not many places can offer as much awesome stuff in one location. This is what eloping in Ireland is all about! Number 2 on my list is Kinbane Head. This place is a hidden gem, nestled in the Causeway Coastline of Northern Ireland. One of the best thing about this place is that it’s not insta famous so you won’t be surrounded by tourists whilst you’re saying your vows. There a small hike down the steps and you’ll see Kinbane Castle perched on the headland that juts into the sea, when you get to the bottom of the steps you’ll be overwhelmed by the landscape, it feels like something from another planet. The amount of variety this one place offers makes it a dream location for a photographer and it’s ideal for anyone looking to elope in Ireland. To take a look at this incredible place click here.
3. The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
Imagine saying your vows on the edge of a cliff 214 metres (702ft) above the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs of Moher have to be seen to be believed and that’s why they are 3rd in this list of the best places to elope in Ireland. Have a look at an adventure elopement on the Cliffs of Moher here. The Cliffs of Moher is one of the most iconic locations in Ireland, and is very popular for elopement weddings. When couples start their Irish elopement journey it’s often the first place they tend to look at, this is not a bad thing because it is amazing you just have to go the places where there aren’t hundreds of tourists. One other thing to consider is even in summer the wind on top of the cliffs can be very cold so if you do get married here, you’ll need something to keep you warm. One of the best spots for an elopement ceremony is Hags Head as you’re able to hire the area from a local farmer and drive pretty much up to the cliff edge.
4. Menlo Castle, Co Galway
If you’re considering eloping in Ireland you doubt have lots of lush green locations in mind! The don’t come much more lusher & greener than the stunning 16th century ruin of Menlo Castle. The whole outer walls are covered in vibrant green ivy and it looks like something from a fairytale. The castle is nestled in a stunning location on the banks of the River Corrib which gently flows by. You are able to enter the ruin so you could have your ceremony inside or outside. The site is only 10/15 minutes outside of Galway too so its very easily accessible. Click HERE to take a look at an intimate destination wedding that took place at Menlo Castle.
5. Murlough Bay, Co Antrim
A completely incredible location that is often overlooked as it is near much more famous places on the Causeway Coast such as Dunluce Castle or The Giant’s Causeway. For anyone planning to elope in Ireland this spot has got to be considered, every time I shoot there I’m blown away by how many incredible nooks & crannies there are here. Also it’s amazing to go somewhere so beautiful and have no one else around. Game of Thrones used Murlough Bay for their filming & when you see if for yourself you will quickly understand why. You could say your vows here surrounded by huge cliffs & crazy rocks, with only the local sheep for witnesses, it really is a special place. Places like this are one of the reasons that Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is one of the best places to elope in the world. Click HERE to look at an adventure elopement that took place at Murlough Bay.
6.The Giants Causeway, Co Antrim
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is one of the countries biggest attractions, hundreds of feet above the Causeway the cliff top path offers breathtaking views, you could say your vows at any number of locations depending on how far you want to explore together. For the super adventurous couples you could hike for an hour and have your ceremony at Hamiltons Seat, possibly the best view in the whole of Ireland. Click here to take a look at an adventure session on the cliff top path.
7.Killarney National Park, Co Kerry
Mountains, lakes & waterfalls under the ever changing Irish skies make a beautiful place for an adventure elopement. Killarney National Park is 26,000 acres of scenery that typifies the beauty of the Emerald Isle, you could say your vows in the ancient ruins of Muckross Abbey or next to a lake at the foot of a mountain. This place has everything a couple thinking of eloping in Ireland could want. To check out my complete guide to Killarney National Park elopements just click HERE.
8. Dunseverick Castle, Co Antrim
Dunseverick Castle is another hidden gem on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. It is a special place that just has a tranquility & peacefulness to it. This amazing place to exchange vows has an ancient ruin of a castle, lush green fields & huge looming cliffs. Dunseverick is the perfect spot for a small wedding ceremony as you are surrounded by cliffs which give shelter from the wind. This is the sort of place that you dream about when you’re considering eloping in Ireland. A huge plus for this elopement location is that it is so easy to access and is ideal if you’re bringing a handful of guests to see you get married. Click HERE to see a gorgeous vow renewal that happened at Dunseverick Castle.
9. The Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist areas on the Wild Atlantic Way. From the stunning views that you’ll see driving through the mountains on the Connor Pass, to the crazy triangular rocks at Dunquin Pier or the beautiful ruin of Minard Castle, it’s a great place to explore. The town of Dingle itself is a lively place full of pubs, restaurants & live music. You can see why Dingle elopements are getting more and more popular.
If you choose another location to elope in Ireland you should definitely hit Dingle up when you road trip around afterwards. To check out a an elopement that happened on the Dingle Peninsula, click HERE.
10. The Mourne Mountains, Co Down
Another awesome place that you could get married in Ireland is the Mourne Mountains. This mountain range are one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful natural attractions. The Mournes are a granite range located in the South-East of Northern Ireland. There are countless places among these stunning mountains where you could have your elopement ceremony. For couples eloping in Ireland who love the mountains, this place is a no brainer. Getting married in the Irish mountains just sounds cool! You could hike for a couples of hour to say your vows at sunrise or there are several spots where you can park up a walk less that 5 minutes and have a view that will blow your mind! One benefit of having your ceremony here is that you’re only 2 hours from the Causeway Coast so potentially you could head there for a day after portrait session if you want to hit some of the other spots in this list such as Dunluce Castle or Dunseverick Castle. Click HERE to see an adventure session in the Mourne Mountains.
The Best Places to Elope in Ireland & Northern Ireland
So those are the best places for couples eloping in Ireland. Could you imagine getting married in Ireland and saying your vows in one of these stunning places? If you can, working with adventurous couples and shooting elopements in amazing places is my absolute favourite, if you’re eloping in Northern Ireland or anywhere else exciting it would be great to hear from you! I love to help couples have an amazing experience & get epic photographs that document their love story! You can get in touch here.
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Northern Ireland Elopement Packages
My elopement packages for couples eloping in Northern Ireland & Ireland cover everything you could want & need to create your dream elopement experience. For super busy couples who don’t want to spend all their weekends planning, I offer planning assistance. With my planning assistance you get everything needed, photography, videography, celebrant, flowers, hair & make up. It’s pretty much an all inclusive Ireland elopement package. If you don’t need that you can just book me for your elopement photography, either way I’m here to help you craft your perfect Ireland elopement day! To find out all the pricing for my Ireland elopement packages please click HERE to get in touch.
Elope to Ireland – Planning resources
I’ve helped so many couples have the most incredible elopement days. There’s a lot of things you can do to ensure that you have the best day ever. I’ve made some elopement planning blog posts that should be super helpful for any couples in the process of planning their adventure elopement. So please stick around, have a read and if you have any questions you’re more than welcome to reach out to me via my contact page. I’m here to help! Eloping in Ireland is such a great choice, I’m a so stoked for you!