If you are thinking of a break away for a romantic getaway, then the Boyne Valley is a perfect destination to consider. Imagine romantic boat trips, castle tours and candlelit restaurants. This is where your romantic adventure begins. As well as ticking all the boxes for activities and accommodation, we also have some amazing romantic walks to while away the afternoons. Here are our top ten romantic walks in the Boyne Valley.
Situated just off the main N2 from Dublin, Balrath Woods is a perfect escape where you can wander through the forest, enjoy the bird song, the sound of trees, and beauties of nature. Bring a romantic picnic and make use of the picnic tables on offer. It is open all year round and there is a car park. This quiet forest offers a long walk, nature walk and easy walk. Remember the woodland code- leave only footprints and take only memories.
If you are looking for a scenic stroll while visiting Drogheda then this is a perfect walk. Start at Dominic’s Park in Drogheda or the Battle of the Boyne Site and experience the boardwalk along the Boyne, the Mary McAleese Bridge and many more sights along the way. The walk is approx. 4.5kms long one way so there is a perfect opportunity to stop for a rest at either Oldbridge house and Brambles tea rooms or in Drogheda itself.
This is an ideal walk if you are staying in Navan or close by the town. Stroll hand in hand between the scenic Boyne River and the canal. Take a moment or two to spot the wildlife on one of the many benches along the way. You will see the canal locks of the once busy Boyne Navigation, Babe's Bridge (the oldest bridge on the river) and pass close to the ruins of the eerie Dunmoe Castle and Ardmulchan Church. This Linear walk is 8kms each way (a 16km round trip!) so you will definitely have earned a well-deserved meal and drink on your return.
If making your way through the streets of a medieval town, popping in and out of shops and cafes is more your thing then the Drogheda walks are for you. A team of Drogheda locals came together to map four walks which highlight the natural beauty, built heritage and historical wealth of the town. The walks range in length from the 1.5km ‘Five Bridges’ walk, to the 6.5km ‘Steps’ walk. The 4km historical ‘Walls’ walk and pretty ‘Spires and Towers’ walks traverse both sides of the river and reveal great views. This town is the perfect couple’s destination in the Boyne Valley.
This beautiful forest trail is perfect to spend an afternoon in the woods. The Littlewood loop trail is just 2km long and takes you through a mixed conifer / broadleaf woodland which starts and ends at the car park. Along the route you will pass two display boards highlighting the diversity of the Flora and Fauna that can be seen in the woodland. This is the perfect place to escape the busy outside world with that special someone.
Take the hill walk up to the highest point in County Meath. Most of the climbing is done by the time you reach the car park, then take the steps and well-worn path to reach Cairn T- one of the largest of the tombs in the Loughcrew complex. Make it even more romantic and take the walk up for sunrise with a flask of tea or coffee. The views of the countryside around are amazing. Please remember to not climb on the Cairn itself to ensure no damage is being done to the inside chamber.
Loughcrew Estate & Gardens is full of history, beauty, fantasy, and atmosphere making your visit a romantic and magical experience. Start at the Limetree coffee shop and take the 6km lake walk around Lough Creeve. As well as the walk, be sure to take in their amazing gardens.
Another beautifully peaceful walk to take in- especially if you are visiting the heritage town of Kells nearby. The Girley bog eco trail is 6 Km and the shorter internal loop is 1.5 Km. There is a wonderful variety of birdlife, plant and animal life here and this is displayed through a number of interpretive panels along the walk. Listen out for the birdsong as you walk hand in hand through this beautiful landscape.
The newly opened Royal Canal Greenway should be on your bucket list for a walk with that special someone no matter where you are staying in the Boyne Valley. Start at Enfield beside the train station, Longwood at the Ribbontail canoe club or at the Hill of Down access point. 22kms of the greenway runs through the Boyne Valley so you may have to return a few times to take it all in!
Get the camera ready and get that perfect romantic selfie on this beautiful river side walk in the heritage town of Trim. This tranquil river walk commences at Trim Castle and finishes at the ruins of the 13th century town of Newtown, providing a glimpse of life in Trim in the Middle Ages. This is a really romantic walk while you are staying in any of the great accommodation available in Trim.
Take some time for yourself and a loved one this Spring and reconnect along our scenic tracks and trails. Discover all of the great activities that you can do as a couple here in the Boyne Valley. We can’t wait to welcome you.
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