For a small country, Ireland has a stunning selection of wedding venues and locations for breathtaking wedding portraits, including an array of 16 beautiful beach wedding venues in Ireland. Dotted across the coast of the country from Donegal and Galway to Kerry, Cork and even Dublin, beach wedding venues offering a naturally calming environment, sea views, and sandy shores for unique wedding photos. Today we’ve chosen 16 of our favorite beach wedding venues – perfect for a relaxed destination wedding feel in Ireland, or even just a sneaky weekend away by the sea…
1. Inishbofin House Hotel
The picturesque island of Inishbofin lies seven miles off the coast of Galway, the “Island of the White Cow” is a jewel in the Atlantic. The Inishbofin House Hotel and Marine Spa is just beside the harbor, enjoying impressive views back over to the Galway and Mayo coastline. Miles of golden sand await you as you can see from the real wedding of Neasa and John.
inishbofinhouse.com | Co. Galway
2. Rathmullan House
Rathmullan House has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s true hidden gems, a beautiful country house set in idyllic wooded grounds overlooking Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal, and it is renowned for the quality of its cuisine. For those perfect wedding pictures on the beach, the house is just a few steps from a two mile-long golden beach.
rathmullanhouse.com | Co. Donegal
3. Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant
An award-winning restaurant set on an idyllic shingle beach and with phenomenal views of the McGillicuddy Reeks, Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Peninsula. Unsurprising seafood is a speciality here but menus can be adapted to suit your wedding and tastes.
jackscromane.com | Co. Kerry
4. Inish Big Estate
If you fancy departing to an island to get married, why not go one step further and hire the private island of Inish Beg off the coast at Skibbereen in West Cork. Inish Beg Estate is owned by Paul and Georgiana Keane, who have created an oasis of exclusivity, with a number of properties on the island to cater to a wedding party of up to 50, and the main boathouse overlooking the harbor is licensed for civil ceremonies too.
inishbeg.com | Co. Cork
5. The Cliff House Hotel
Perched on the cliff overlooking the sea and the historic village of Ardmore, in West Waterford, the Cliff House Hotel is an intimate five-star hotel renowned for its design aesthetic, attention to detail, and Michelin Star restaurant. The Cliff House is licensed for civil ceremonies and can cater for a variety of events from small groups of eight to wedding parties of 100.
thecliffhousehotel.com | Co. Waterford
6. Renvyle House
One of the original Country House hotels, Renvyle House has been operating as a hotel since 1883. Located in the heart of Connemara, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Renvyle House sits on a estate of 200 acres which includes a private lake, a Nine-hole golf course, 1km of beach, woodlands, and gardens.
renvyle.com | Co. Galway
7. Hotel Doolin
Not quite on the beach, but a stones throw from the epic Cliffs of Moher, Hotel Doolin is suitable for wedding receptions of 120 to 300 guests, it’s got a sustainable edge on other venues – for each wedding reception held there, the venue plants 10 trees in collaboration with the Home Tree charity. Choose to have your ceremony cliffside close to the venue like Shannon and Thomas, or see how Triona and Robbie used the space at Hotel Doolin for their ceremony or Leola and Mike who celebrated their reception with their guests in the lush Eco Barn all with the gorgeous backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way.
hoteldoolin.ie | Co. Clare
8. The Strand Inn
Right in the heart of the beautiful Dunmore East, The Strand Inn is the perfect venue for those wanting a relaxed beach style. With 15 bedrooms, your guests will be able to make the absolute most of the panoramic ocean views right from their room. And you can snap some pictures from the terrace as you look across Hook Head.
thestrandinn.com | Co. Waterford
9. Actons Hotel Kinsale
Actons Hotel is the oldest hotel in Kinsale but thanks to a refurb, is also one of the most modern! The four-star hotel has 77 beautiful guest rooms and a bar and garden lounge so you and your guests can look out over Kinsale Harbor.
actonshotelkinsale.com | Co. Cork
If the words light, bright and coastal are on your list of desirables when it comes to a wedding venue, then Arcadia could be the perfect fit. Nestled right on the coast in Portrush in Antrim, the scene will be set with this incredible venue perfect for those with smaller guest lists. Need more proof? Check out Lauren and James’ beautiful small wedding that was held there.
facebook.com/arcadiaportrush | Co. Antrim
11. Loughanmore Court
Loughanmore Court has the best of both worlds with the mountains forming a gorgeous backdrop for guests as they look out across the Irish Sea. The beautiful beach house, set right on the coast line, is part of every wedding package. Perfect to use for Champagne receptions, sunset photo shoots, or a during-the-day getaway, to take in the moment and beautiful surroundings.
facebook.com/loughanmorecourt | Co. Louth
12. Sea Church
Ballycotton’s Sea Church is an incredible casual dining restaurant and event space in the heart of East Cork. The restored church is the perfect seaside location to say your ‘I dos’ before moving to the dining area to eat, drink and celebrate with your guests. Just think of the incredible photographs you could get in these surroundings.
seachurch.ie | Co. Cork
13. Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Perched right on a cliff edge of Northern Ireland, Mussenden Temple boasts breathtaking views and intimate surroundings that will give you and your guests a ceremony location to remember! Let Amy and Faisal’s or else Jonny and Katherine’s gorgeous ceremonies be your inspiration.
nationaltrust.org.uk | Co. Derry
14. Drumhalla House
Nestled on a 50-acre estate on the banks of Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal, which flows into the North Atlantic, Drumhalla is a Georgian manor house with the gorgeous Kinnegar beach on its doorstep. The marquee is a perfect blank canvas for crafty couples and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
drumhallahouse.ie | Co. Donegal
15. Garyvoe Hotel
The beautiful, five-mile sandy beach and Ballycotton Bay make the Garryvoe Hotel the perfect romantic setting for a magical day in East Cork. The venue hosts a glorious ballroom that is purpose-built just for weddings, and would be dreamy to return to after a ceremony on the sand.
garryvoehotel.com | Co. Cork
16. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Nestled along Dublin’s Velvet Strand, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is Dublin’s only coastal resort and the original home of the Jameson Whiskey Family. It combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th century home, and offers a spectacular setting for an outdoor wedding.
portmarnock.com | Co. Dublin
Love these beach wedding venues in Ireland? See our post with 38 Amazing Wedding Venues Along the Wild Atlantic Way or find lots more inspiration in our wedding venue section.