You’re ready to take that next step. It’s the most important question you’ll ever ask. Why not set the scene in one of the world’s most beautiful places?
It’s no secret that Ireland and the United Kingdom are full of stunning scenery and breathtaking views. For a fairytale start to your ‘happily ever after’, look no further than our favorite places to propose in Ireland and the U.K.
1. The Shard, London, England
Make your significant other feel on top of the world with a proposal at the tallest building in the UK. The Shard is a 95-story skyscraper and is home to some of the best offices, restaurants and hotels in London. Even if you don’t wish to stay there overnight, you can still take in amazing scenery when you experience The View from the Shard. As you and your partner visit The Shard’s viewing rooms, you’ll take in sights of London spanning up to 40 miles away.
2. Dartmoor National Park, England
Dartmoor National Park in southwest England truly has it all. This vast moorland is home to craggy landscape, romantic forests, lively rivers and Dartmoor ponies. You and your significant other can trek through its landscape hand-in-hand as you pass through valleys with Neolithic tombs and Bronze Age stone circles. Fun fact: This was also where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got his inspiration to write the Sherlock novel ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. Whether your partner is a literary lover or not, there’s no doubt he or she will fall head over heels for Dartmoor just before you pop the question. If you decide to make Dartmoor your proposal setting, we suggest staying in the nearby 5-star Bovey Castle. Both Dartmoor and Bovey combined offer an unforgettable, romantic experience.
3. Loch Lomond, Scotland
Ah, the Scottish Highlands. It’s hard to find a place more enchanting or romantic. Located in The Trossach’s National Park, Loch Lomond is one of the gems of the Highlands. You and your partner can take a cruise along the loch and enjoy a fine meal by the water’s edge. Let the nearby snow-capped mountains and the rustic countryside set the scene as you get ready to start the next chapter of your lives.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
The capital of Scotland is home to some of the world’s most historic castles and ancient streets. Edinburgh lives and breathes history with the backdrop of elegant architecture and stunning views. There are many great spots to propose in this city. If your partner is the outdoorsy type, you’ll want to climb Arthur’s Seat before dropping the big question. This extinct volcano is located in Holyrood Park and sits at 251m above sea level. You and your partner will lose your breath at the sight of greater Edinburgh in the distance. Or, perhaps you’d rather stay closer to sea level. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Old Town’s refined restaurant The Witchery. A proposal here would be nothing short of elegant. Or, if you wish to move on after dinner, you can stand outside Edinburgh Castle lit up beautifully in the evening.
5. Ashford Castle, Ireland
Start your happily ever after in this 5-star fairytale castle located along Ireland’s fabulous Wild Atlantic Way. Home to the Guinness family for more than 70 years, Ashford Castle oozes in regal splendor and intriguing history. You and your partner can wander its grounds and take part in activities like falconry, horseback riding, archery, zip-lining and much more. Treat yourself to some fine dining at the George V Dining Room or explore the wine cellars below the castle and have a tasting. Fans of the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’ are in for a treat with screenings of the movie in the castle’s cinema. Whatever you and your partner fancy, you’re both in for a majestic getaway and a beautiful proposal.
6. The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
As the west coast of Ireland’s top visitor attraction, The Cliffs of Moher require no introduction. This UNESCO Global Geopark provides staggeringly beautiful views at its 702ft above sea level. Take your partner to the top of O’Brien’s Tower where the two of you can spot the Aran Islands to the north. When the moment is right, get ready to pop the question and make a magical experience even better.
7. Skellig Michael, Ireland
Away from all the hustle and bustle, tucked into some of Ireland’s most remote quarters you’ll find the Skellig Islands. They sit approximately 8 miles from the village of Portmagee in Co Kerry. Of the two islands, Skellig Michael has the most religious and historical relevance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once described by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw as “part of our dream world”, and it’s not hard to see why. You and your partner can access the islands via boat trips from Valentia, Portmagee or Ballinskelligs. You’ll get a view into the lives of an isolated and storm-lashed community of monks who once resided there. You’ll also find views like no other which can only be topped by the look on your partner’s face when you propose.
8. Snowdonia National Park, Wales
The Snowdonia region of northwest Wales combines mountains and glacial landforms into one beautiful national park. You and your significant other can board the Snowdon Mountain Railway and travel to the summit of Wales’s highest mountain, Mount Snowdon. Imagine standing together at the top of the mountain with views spanning across the sea to Ireland right before asking the question that changes your lives forever.
9. Cardiff Castle, Wales
Located in the heart of the capital city of Cardiff, Cardiff Castle stands as a remarkable site with a history spanning over 2,000 years. Allow you and your partner to be whisked away into a time of noble knights and romantic Victorian fantasy. Walk hand-in-hand through breathtaking rooms rich with murals, stained glass and superb craftsmanship. Top off the experience with a traditional Welsh Banquet filled with food, wine and Celtic music. It’s all ready and waiting to help you pop the question.