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10 most romantic places in Ireland - starting with a heart-shaped lake

From Cupid's corrie lake to a waterfall immortalised by W.B. Yeats, Pól Ó Conghaile picks 10 sweet spots for V-Day

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Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

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St Valentine's relics are contained within a casket at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

St Valentine's relics are contained within a casket at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

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Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

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Galway - Eyre Square-Kennedy Park

Galway - Eyre Square-Kennedy Park

Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Carlow Tourism

Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Carlow Tourism

Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland

Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland

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The Hugh Lane, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

The Hugh Lane, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Coumshingaun Co Waterford

Coumshingaun Co Waterford

Nestling at the foot of the Knockmealdowns, this towering old country house was home to the Sisters of Mercy for more than 100 years.

Nestling at the foot of the Knockmealdowns, this towering old country house was home to the Sisters of Mercy for more than 100 years.

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Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

Looking for a sweet spot for a getaway, canoodle, or to pop a certain question? Our travel editor suggests 10 of Ireland's most romantic places...

1. A lovers' lake, Co Wicklow

First things first... you're going to earn this one. Lough Ouler (above and below) is Cupid's own corrie lake, a heart-shaped treasure at the base of Tonelagee (from the Irish Tóin le Gaoith... literally 'arse to the wind').

Getting there involves a challenging walk of at least 3.5 hours, starting from the car park above the Glenmacnass Waterfall. The path can be tricky to find, so research carefully, dress sensibly and take safety precautions - this is not a casual walk, and should not be attempted in fog or inclement weather.