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13 Idyllic Waterside Wedding Venues

If you love the idea of exchanging vows with the water lapping in the distance, strolling by a bustling pier with your new hubby or wife for some fun wedding photos or gazing at magical lake views as you celebrate with family and friends, this post is for you! We’re very lucky to have so many fab wedding venues surrounded by gorgeous scenery all across Ireland, with beautiful sandy beaches and glistening lakes a plenty. So today we’ve rounded up 13 incredible waterside wedding venues to help you make your choice (you can check out more fab waterside locations in Part 1 here)…

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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty, Cork
Guest Capacity: 280 | View Profile

Overlooking the shores of the Atlantic in West Cork and the beaches of Inchydoney, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa provides couples with a dream backdrop for their Big Day. This picturesque wedding venue boasts a fab beachside location, spectacular surroundings, luxurious interiors, amazing service and exquisite dining options. Picture opportunities are endless and if you’re after the wow factor, guests are sure to be blown away.

Leitrim Marina Hotel, Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim
Guest Capacity: 90 | View Profile

Specialising in intimate boutique weddings, Leitrim Marina Hotel is a charming hotel located on the banks of the River Shannon, ideal for smaller celebrations and after parties. Their elegant function suite can host up to 90 guests and boasts balcony views of the marina – it also has its very own self-contained dance floor. Couples can look forward to capturing some fun shots for the album by the marina and toasting married life on their very own boat trip, straight from the bridal suite, complete with champers of course!

Schull Harbour Hotel, Schull, West Cork
Guest Capacity: 120 | View Profile

Superbly located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Wild Atlantic Way and Mizen Peninsula, Schull Harbour Hotel is a magical setting for weddings. Water lovers have their pick of stunning locations for wedding photos and can appreciate the gorgeous views throughout the hotel. Schull Harbour specialises in bespoke weddings ensuring the day is “unique, bespoke and special to you”. They have several great packages you can choose from or you can completely tailor-make your own.

Avon Ri Lakeshore Resort, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Guest capacity: 160 | View Profile

Perched on the shores of Blessington Lake with the Wicklow mountains in the distance, Avon Ri‘s stunning surroundings is one of its major draws. The gorgeous scenery provides the picture perfect backdrop if you wish to say ‘I Do’ outdoors overlooking the lake. The resort boasts an impressive ballroom which can cater for up to 160 guests, with floor to ceiling windows so you can gaze at the beautiful surroundings. They can also arrange marquee celebrations if you fancy something different like a rustic barbecue and dancing under the stars!

Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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Dunmore House Hotel is a private oasis, perched above the Atlantic Ocean in the serene Clonakilty Bay in West Cork. This family run four-star hotel prides itself on its “five-star approach to weddings” and will pull out all the stops to ensure you have an unforgettable day. Their beautiful location is perfect for beach lovers and they can cater for weddings both big and small from intimate gatherings to larger parties for up to 350 guests. Couples can look forward to creating a unique package that truly reflects them.

Inishbofin House Hotel and Spa, Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway
Guest capacity:
150 | View Profile

If you’re after an idyllic island escape, the award-winning Inishbofin House Hotel & Spa will be right up your street. Nestled into a peaceful harbour on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel and its incredible scenery can be exclusively yours for your special day. Make the most of the setting by having your drinks receptions on the sun terrace or by the beach or pre-dinner cocktails and canapes on the lawn before gazing at gorgeous harbour and ocean views from their elegant banqueting suite.

Sneem Hotel, Sneem, Co. Kerry
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Sneem Hotel is located in the heart of the Ring of Kerry with spectacular views of the Kerry Mountains and Kenmare Bay. This magical setting has endless photo opportunities for couples as does the village of Sneem with its quaint pubs, shops and eateries. They can cater for both intimate and grand occasions with a sumptuous ballroom that can host up to 300 guests. Its floor to ceiling windows open on to a terrace that overlooks the tranquil Kenmare Bay, the ideal spot for drinks receptions during warmer months.

The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork
Guest capacity: 270 | View Profile

Elegant décor, excellent service and breathtaking views over the Atlantic combine to make The Maritime Hotel an amazing wedding setting in West Cork. The spacious Windward Suite can host 250 guests and boasts dramatic floor to ceiling windows overlooking Bantry’s Bay, sure to impress guests! The equally elegant Windward Suite is ideal for smaller, more intimate celebrations. Couples can look forward to star treatment including use of the luxurious Bridal Suite which has impressive panoramic views of the waterfront.

Aran Islands Hotel, Inis Mór, Aran Island, Galway
Guest capacity: 200 | View Profile

The charming Aran Islands Hotel (Óstán Oileain Arainn) is located on the picturesque and unspoilt Inis Mór, Aran Islands. The magnificent location with its rugged scenery is a huge draw for couples as is the hotel’s hospitality, charm and fabulous facilities. Couples can make the most of the setting by exchanging vows on the beach or can head to the waterfront for some memorable wedding pics. If you’re looking to put your own stamp on your day, you can avail of their onsite marquee with its gorgeous views of the bay and harbour!

Hotel Curracloe, Curracloe, Co. Wexford
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Just minutes from Curracloe Beach, this gorgeous family run hotel is the perfect setting for couples after some fun waterside photos for their wedding album! Hotel Curracloe has a great range of packages with something for every taste and budget. The dedicated wedding team pride themselves on their attention to detail and that personal touch, and will help to make your day as stress free as can be! The hotel’s newly refurbished Brent Suite is a stunning setting for receptions and can host both small and large celebrations.

Wrights Findlater Howth, Howth Harbour, Dublin
Guest capacity: 20-120 | View Profile

Wrights Findlater is located in the pretty village of Howth with unrivalled views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island. A big hit with couples after an alternative setting for their celebrations, it’s also super popular with foodies. The venue boats breathtaking sea views, mouth-watering menu options and is just a stone’s throw from Howth harbour and Martello Tower, which make for amazing photos. Their gorgeous Sky Bar Terrace which overlooks the sea is a stunning spot for ceremonies and would be perfect for some dancing too!

Dunmore East Golf Club Weddings, Waterford
Guest capacity: 200 |  View Profile

This fab waterside wedding venue in Co. Waterford has magnificent views over Dunmore East Harbour and Hook Head Lighthouse. Dunmore East Golf Club can host both big and small celebrations with capacity for anywhere from 20 to 200 guests. Couples have the option of tying the knot outdoors with views that will blow guests away. Smaller weddings can take place in their intimate Lighthouse Restaurant or if you’re hoping to have a larger bash and put your own spin on it, they can arrange a marquee.

The Bayview Hotel, Bayycotton, Co. Cork
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This gorgeous manor house hotel is nestled Cliffside in the idyllic village of Ballycotton in Co. Cork. With romantic views of the spectacular coastline and Ballycotton Bay, it is a dreamy backdrop for wedding photos. The family run 4 star Bayview Hotel has been lovingly restored, providing couples with a cosy yet luxurious setting for their celebrations. Couples can look forward to amazing views throughout the hotel and can enjoy a memorable drinks reception or midnight hot-toddies on the garden terrace.

Main photo and above photo from Christine & Brett’s Bayview Hotel wedding by DKPHOTO

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