Run away to Ireland for your adventure elopement!
Ireland is a total dream location for your adventure elopement, with its rugged coast lines, ancient Castles & rolling green hills it makes for a fairy tale setting. 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.
The Best Places to Elope in Ireland & Northern Ireland
As an adventure elopement photographer based in Ireland, I’m constantly on the look out for awesome locations for my couples. Ireland seriously has so many places that are unreal & I plan to shoot elopements in all of them!
Here are, in my opinion, the best places to elope in Ireland. *UPDATE, I’ve been to more awesome places for elopements so this list has grown!
- 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 would have to be Dunluce Castle which is situated on the County Antrim Coastline in Northern Ireland. 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 have a look at an elopement that happened on the cliff edge right in front of 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. 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. 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, so when couples start their Irish elopement journey it’s 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 that even in summer the wind on top of the cliffs can be very cold so if you do elope here, you’ll need something to keep you warm.
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. 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. To take a look at a gorgeous intimate wedding in Killarney National Park 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. It has it all, an ancient ruin of a castle, lush green fields & huge looming cliffs. It makes the perfect spot for a ceremony as you are surrounded by huge cliffs which give shelter from the wind. Click here to see a beautiful vow renewal that happened at Dunseverick.
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 visit. The town of Dingle itself is a lively place full of pubs, restaurants & live music. To check out a an elopement that happened on the Dingle Peninsula, click HERE.
10. The Mourne Mountains, Co Down
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. 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 to elope in Ireland & Northern Ireland. Could you imagine yourself 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 here in Ireland or anywhere else exciting I’d love 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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