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29th January 2018


Ireland By Rail: Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations

Iarnród Éireann can take you more places than just to work. If you’re planning a romantic getaway for St. Valentine’s Day – or any other time – why not let Irish Rail take you there? Sometimes you just don’t want to keep your eyes on the road. Leave your car and your worries at home, and visit one of these tantalizing romantic destinations.


Cobh is home to the Titanic Experience, but it can also be home to romantic story with a much better ending. Rent a boat for your own private tour of the harbour. Cobh’s popularity with tourists ensures you are spoilt for choice for candle-lit dining options. Countless Irish people embarked on a new life when they set sail from Cobh, so it might be a good spot to pop any questions about embarking on a new life together.

Why not try a stroll through Fota Wildlife Park with its exotic animals and plant life, experience nature up close with that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Fota Wildlife Park is the perfect destination for budding young couples and those who still have that spark. Fota Wildlife Park has things to see and do for everybody, don't wait, book a journey now and enjoy the scenery from the train!


This valentine’s day why not hop on cupids dart to travel around Dublin with you and your loved one to treat each other in the city where it all began.

St. Valentine has been kept in White Friar Street Church since 1836 after being donated by Pope Gregory XV. White Friar Street is a mere 17 minute scenic walk through the lively capital of Ireland where you can encounter numerous street performances and drop into hundreds of loved up cafés and restaurants. The relics of the saint who started it all are dis-played every 14th of February.

If that doesn’t appeal check out some more ideas below!!

Hop on the dart to bray and enjoy a quiet hike to bray head with your loved one and if heights aren’t you’re thing don’t worry! A nice fish and chips sitting by the seaside will go down a treat.

Is your train stopping at Dublin Heuston? Dublin Heuston station is a 20 minute walk from Dublin Zoo which on Valentine’s Day 100 couples will have the zoo all to themselves! Upon arrival at 8am couples will be given a picnic that they can enjoy together, then after will have the opportunity to have guided tours and enjoy the sights and sounds of the zoo in the morning.

The Phoenix Park is a brilliant place to go on Valentine’s Day, with so much to do like the trip to the zoo or why not hop on a bicycle made for two? Explore this expansive park on a tandem bike from Phoenix Park Bike Hire and find a nice spot for a private picnic or lock up the bike and have a nice lunch in the Phoenix Park Tea Rooms.

Let your love reach new highs at the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar, offering 360 views over the Dublin skyline! Getting there is easy by getting the LUAS red line from Dublin Connolly station or a short walk from Heuston.

Take the Dart to Tara Street station and just 10 minute walk away you’ll find Dublin’s Creative Quarter! The Creative Quarter is filled with talented buskers and artists alike which will entertain you and your partner for hours! If the weather doesn’t work out there are plenty of cosy pubs you can warm up in and enjoy the traditional music that is played in most.

Does love make you feel like you’re floating? Well just a short 15 minute walk from Grand Canal Dock Station is a cool floating restaurant! La Peniche is a restaurant built on a barge in the Grand Canal. It offers a unique dining experience for you and your partner!

Galway City 

Galway City can’t be overlooked. Tourists love this city for a reason. Home of the famous Claddagh ring and its romantic backstory of the man who created it for his beloved while in servitude, Galway is simply beautiful. What’s more romantic than watching a dramatic sun set over Galway Bay?

Don’t be a Dory by forgetting Valentine’s Day and take your loved one to Galway Atlantaquaria where you can experience life under the sea. Then take a romantic stroll down Salthill promenade where you are exposed to Galway’s coastline. Continue your stroll down Shop Street where you can immerse yourself in culture with buskers and local pubs and pick up a delicious ice cream from Gino’s.


Killarney is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway with incredibly beautiful countryside full of rich heritage and world class hospitality. Hire a jaunting car where you can cuddle up to your loved one and explore Ireland’s oldest National Park. While in Killarney National Park you can visit Muckross House and the beautiful rugged Torc Waterfall. Why not take your relationship to the next step and continue your journey up the 100 steps or so beside the waterfall to experience the magnificent views of Muckross Lake.

Finish the day off with a drink in Scotts Bar, a popular choice among locals as there’s always a buzz every weekend with live music in the courtyard. Looking for something a little more personal and the perfect place to enjoy a quite drink, get cosy beside the fire in The Snug.


Sligo is where you can enjoy the rugged romance of the west then pamper yourself at a spa before heading out for a night of theatre. Of course, you’ll want to walk along the beach on your romantic getaway, and Sligo has gorgeous options. And compared to the story of local man WB Yeats and Maude Gonne, your romance has to rate as a success.

Remember, when you go by rail, you can hold hands and gaze into each other’s eyes on your trip. Relax, enjoy the scenery and drink a toast to your romance along the way. Driving can’t compete with that.

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The train is the perfect way to travel with our fantastic Web Fares from €17.99 each way from Dublin. So you can sit back, relax and let us do the driving.


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