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9 Proposal Ideas for your Engagement in Ireland

With all of the beautiful and breathtaking backdrops on the Emerald Isle, opportunities to pop the big question abound. Whether you opt for a historic castle, a natural wonder, or a quaint village, your engagement is destined to be memorable and meaningful. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some proposal ideas for your engagement in Ireland:

Private Tour

The Dublin Castle is a historic landmark in the heart of Dublin. Arranging a private tour or visiting during a quieter time could be an incredible lead up to a very regal and special proposal.

Watch the Sunset (or Sunrise!)

Our beautiful island has no shortage of gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. Take your partner to Giant’s Causeway, a unique geological destination and a magical place. Proposing here as the sun sets or rises would be an incredibly memorable moment for both of you.

Romantic Stay

Plan a romantic visit to Ashford Castle. This luxurious hotel in County Mayo offers a fairytale setting. You could propose in the castle’s gardens or by the lakeside.

Plan a Picnic

The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher provide a dramatic backdrop for a proposal. You could plan a private picnic and pop the question against the stunning coastal views.

Scenic Drive

The scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry offers numerous picturesque spots for a proposal, from lakeshores to rolling hills.

Take a Ferry

Taking a ferry to one of the Aran Islands and proposing against the backdrop of rugged landscapes and traditional Irish culture could be a unique and intimate experience.

Reflect in a Garden

The serenity of a garden can offer an invaluable moment to reflect on your love before making it official. Try Kylemore Abbey. The abbey and its Victorian-walled garden create a serene and romantic ambiance. Another option would be Kilkenny Castle. The historic castle and its surrounding gardens will preface your proposal with indubitable charm. You might even consider organising a private event for your special moment.

Scenic Hike

Imagine the tranquility of serene lakes and lush greenery. Glendalough, an ancient monastic settlement, is surrounded by both and offers a handful of picturesque viewpoints, perfect for a proposal.

Visit the Coast

Choosing a spot along the coast could make for a dreamy proposal.  Known for its stunning coastal views, charming villages and rugged landscapes, Dingle Peninsula would be an ideal coastal destination.

Now that you have a handful of proposal ideas for your engagement in Ireland, you might want to prepare for what’s next. I’ve got you covered. Read more here: The First Things to Do After Getting Engaged When Planning a Destination Wedding.

Remember, as with every engagement, you’ll want to consider the personality and preferences of your partner, but no matter where you find yourself in our beautiful country, follow your heart and your proposal will be absolutely perfect. And if you need a little more guidance, we can always help you plan it!

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Barry McCall, Aspect Photography, Eric Kelley, Lisa O’Dwyer Photography