Sweep the one you love off their feet with a romantic break to Lough Derg. Whatever the weather, wrap yourself in the magic of the region and let romantic walks, cosy restaurants or visits to historic sites warm your heart!

Here’s a couple of options to whet the appetite but there are oodles of options to choose from.

Nenagh Castle: Keep your romance alive in the finest cylindrical keep in Ireland. Climb up the 101 steps and enjoy the stunning views from the top which stretch all over County Tipperary. What a wonderful backdrop to an important question!

Brocka on the Water: If the restaurant’s the old-world charm and character, open fire and location on the shores of Lough Derg don’t say romance the fact you are dining in the heart of someone home certainly will. This restaurant simply exudes ambiance.

Holy Island: Go old style on that all-important question and seal the deal at the Bargaining Stone on Holy Island. The tradition is that contracts were sealed between monks on the island by shaking hands through this stone. Now that’s a proposal you will tell the grandkids about.

Ballina / Killaloe: Make it a super special weekend and book a stay in one of the many towns or villages on the shores of Lough Derg. In Killaloe /Ballina you will eat, drink, sleep and amble along the floating docks right on the waterfront. The bonus the town also throws up plenty of surprises on its narrow, winding streets in the form of great little cafes, shops, galleries, lively pubs or interesting eateries. It’s time to take your romance exploring.

Hike: Of all the adventures that Lough Derg has to offer, walking through beautiful trails is one of the most romantic and relaxing. With each successive step, you will experience the soothing peacefulness of the unique region where the vistas of Moylussa and Tountinna are sure to take your romance to new heights.

The Snug, Mountshannon: Like things a bit off the beaten path? The Snug, in Mountshannon has you covered. Not only is the atmosphere beautiful and romantic, people can’t say enough nice things about the service here, so you’ll be well taken care of.Wilde Irish Chocolates. Romance and chocolate have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship since time began. If your loved one likes chocolate you simply have to make time to visit Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgraney on this special day. Over 80 chocolates are handmade in the small artisan factory. There’s an open plan production area where you can see the chocolates being made and packed. You can taste what’s in production and make suggestions for your own favourite flavours. Now there’s a special proposal gift: a bar of chocolate inspired by your visit to Lough Derg.

Killaloe River Cruise: Gently cruise along the calm, sheltered around Killaloe. Out on deck drink in the magnificent scenery or head inside and enjoy an Irish coffee while being entertained with stories of legends and folklore.

Drive around the lake: Lough Derg is the most beautiful lake on the River Shannon. Hop in your car and explore this enchanting drive along the country roads, stopping off in cosy pubs and cafes. Sounds idyllic, right? There is even more, visit a gallery, pop into a farmer’s market, take a meander around a quay and snap a perfect sunset. Sometimes it’s the journey that we remember most.

Follow your heart to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.