An elopement in Ireland is the best decision you could make (well, maybe I’m biased!)…
If you’re looking for an adventure, explore the rugged coastlines and ancient castle ruins, stroll through the colourful little towns, grab a pint of Guinness, and exchange your vows among the rolling green hills, possibly with some sheep as witnesses, then keep on reading!
As a modern wedding planner and stylist in Ireland, I truly believe instead of having a big traditional wedding, an elopement is the best way to celebrate your love in the most unique way.
If you are ready to start elopement planning then you need to know the best locations for an Ireland elopement!
7 Locations for an Ireland Elopement
- Cliffs of Moher
- Howth Cliffs
- Dunluce Castle
- Causeway Coastline
- The Mourne Mountains
- Gougane Barra – St Finbarr’s Oratory
- Whiterocks Beach, Portrush
Cliffs of Moher
Standing on top of a 700-foot-high cliff overlooking the wild Atlantic below is an unforgettable experience at Cliffs of Moher.
The views are incredible, and many couples want to elope here for that reason. There are also a number of friendly Irish pubs with live Irish music and a large number of locals to visit afterwards.
Many couples enjoy ending their Ireland elopement day with a pint of Guinness in hand, dancing and singing!
The best location for an elopement ceremony at Howth Cliffs is on the peninsula which is along a narrow walking path along the peninsula’s southeast edge, providing an amazing view of the Baily Lighthouse.
At this location for an Ireland elopement, you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, beautiful views, and sea air.
The walking paths are also used by locals for jogging and dog walking, so keep that in mind if you want complete privacy for your wedding ceremony.
Duncluce Castle is a castle ruin on the edge of a cliff in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, located on the North Coast. This mediaeval ruin, which was built in the 1500s, provides a dramatic backdrop for your wedding vows.
The castle ruins provide a one-of-a-kind and picturesque backdrop for an elopement ceremony. And, the castle’s dramatic location provides views of the sea and surrounding landscape.
A farmer owns the field, and for a fee, he will allow you access to it. The best part is if you book this field ahead of time, you will have the entire field to yourself!
If you’re feeling adventurous then this may be the best location for an Ireland elopement!
The Causeway Coast is one of Ireland’s most beautiful and dramatic coastlines. With its rocky cliffs, white sand beaches, and beautiful waterways, it is the ideal setting for a private and romantic elopement.
A stunning cliff-top walk with incredible scenery can be found along the North Coast’s coastline– starting at Dunseverick Castle, you can walk for just under two hours to the Giants Causeway, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way.
You don’t have to walk the entire two hours; the epic views begin almost immediately, giving you plenty of time to explore other areas nearby.
The Mourne Mountains
The Mourne Mountains for your Ireland Elopement would be ideal for those of you who enjoy exploring, hiking, and camping in nature.
If you want to spend more time exploring on your elopement day, The Mourne Mountains are the place to be.
You could spend all day exploring these mountains. If you want to spend your elopement day adventuring, you could have a sunrise ceremony, then spend the rest of the day adventuring, even having a picnic and taking in the views.
Gougane Barra – St Finbarr’s Oratory
Gougane Barra in Cork, Ireland, has everything you could possibly need for your Ireland Elopement.
There is a hotel on site, which is an ideal location for an elopement with a few guests.
There’s also a small church surrounded by the Sheehy Mountains and there is a beautiful forest nearby that would be a lovely place to exchange your vows.
Whiterocks Beach, Portrush
Whiterocks Beach is right on the causeway’s coastal route and is one of Northern Ireland’s favourite beaches.
It’s a lovely setting for your Ireland elopement, and because it’s on the north coast of Northern Ireland, there are plenty of amazing locations nearby to explore which is great for photo opportunities.
Are you ready to plan your elopement in Ireland?
Now that you know some of the best locations for an Ireland elopement you can go away and decide which one is best for you!
If you have any further questions about your Ireland elopement then let’s chat. I am an Ireland wedding planner and stylist who loves joining couples on their adventures and planning to perfection.
Cover Image by Julie Clarke photography