Fall in love with the National Trust

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Latest update 06.02.2014 15:18

While romance is in the air, find someone to love this Valentine’s Day and enjoy time together at one of the National Trust’s special places.

Discover somewhere different, fall in love with beautiful views and take a walk through centuries of romantic tradition at some of the most beautiful historic houses, gardens, coast and countryside in Northern Ireland.

Here’s a selection of the conservation charity’s top tips for romance:

Spend the day together
There’s nothing more important on Valentine’s Day than spending time together. Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge at Carrick-a-Rede and enjoy a truly unique cliff top experience. Explore the basalt stone columns at the Giant’s Causeway or wander hand in hand through the inspirational gardens at Mount Stewart.

Think about the backdrop
A memorable day out needs a memorable setting. The breathtaking ruins of Downhill Demesne with Mussenden Temple perched on the cliff edge are guaranteed to capture the imagination. Or for a peaceful setting head to Florence Court in Fermanagh with its glorious walks set against the dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests.

Make a stay of it
Why settle for an afternoon out? National Trust holiday cottages are in some of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. Relax with a short break at Butler’s Apartment in Florence Court, enjoy coastal walks on the North Coast from Portbraddan Cottage or explore the cycle and walking trails at Castle Ward with a stay in Potter’s Cottage.

It doesn’t have to cost the earth
You don’t have to break the bank for a great day out. With an array of coast and countryside places across Northern Ireland, a stunning location may just be right on your doorstep. Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Murlough National Nature Reserve, miles of golden sand and dramatic sand dunes at Portstewart Strand, and spectacular panoramic views over Belfast from Divis and the Black Mountain.

Find a quiet space
With extensive grounds on magnificent country estates, not to mention stunning walks on the coast and in the countryside, you can always find a secluded and romantic corner. Rowallane Garden is a world apart, with 52 acres of informal gardens to explore there’s plenty of space to find your moment. Or savour the peace at Castle Coole with a stroll around the lakeside walk and discover the wildlife that live in and around Lough Coole.

Fantastic flowers
From delicate white snowdrops to colourful winter gardens, you can see stunning displays of seasonal flowers at many National Trust places. The Argory and Springhill have some of the best displays of delicate snowdrops; much more memorable and impressive than any bouquet.

Give a thoughtful gift
Rather than something impersonal, pick up something special to remember your day. With a great selection of handmade delights and fine local produce, shops like the one at Mount Stewart or the Giant’s Causeway, are a great place to pick up a memento.