Do you want to elope at Dunluce Castle?



Dunluce Castle is by far one of the most popular spots for elopements. It's intimate & majestic, with a private view of the medieval castle ruins overlooking the Irish Sea. If you are wanting to elope in Northern Ireland, It's truly one of the most impressive views on our North Coast!


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So how do I elope here, you ask?


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It's easy! In this guide I will walk you through exactly what you will need to elope at this enchanting location.

Ireland Elopement at Dunluce Castle

Permits


The land next to Dunluce Castle, which is perfect for elopements, is privately owned by a local farmer. He charges a small fee of £250 for access to this land for elopements & truthfully, I haven't heard of a better steal!


Local planners & photographers will be able to arrange this for you!


Ceremonies


You can have a religious, legally binding, or secular/humanist elopement ceremony at Dunluce Castle.


To apply for a legally binding ceremony, you must give notice to the Registrar of Marriages within 12 months of your elopement and a minimum of 28 days before. The earlier you do this, the easier it will be!


You may be required to arrive a few days early for an interview with the registrar & to collect your marriage certificate in person.


You will have to bring some legal documents with you, such as your passports, birth certificates, divorce papers (if applicable) and possibly more. Make a check list of everything you need & tick it off as you go along!


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Some couples opt for a symbolic elopement ceremony if they are eloping from abroad. This isn't legally binding so they decide to sign the legal papers back home & have their ceremony, vows & ring exchange at Dunluce Castle. This is a much easier option, as there isn't any paperwork involved & much less stress! But both are equally as incredible & worth it!


For more detailed information on how to elope in Ireland, check out this blog below.


Travel Information


If you are flying into Dublin Airport, it will take you roughly 2 hours 40 minutes to drive to Dunluce Castle. So arriving a few days before to settle in nearby is a better idea!


Dunluce Castle is situated on the North Coast in Northern Ireland. There are 2 local towns nearby that I would recommend staying in the days before and after your elopement, Ballycastle and Portrush. Ballycastle is around 20 minutes away from Dunluce Castle and Portrush is a mere 10 minutes away. Both towns offer plenty of local restaurants & hotels.


Public transport is much easier from Portrush however. A bus from Portrush to Dunluce Castle will take around 18 minutes. I don't believe there is a direct bus to Dunluce Castle from Ballycastle. So if you are planning to use public transport, this is something to consider.

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Hiring a car, if possible, is much advised, as the public transport from Belfast to the North Coast is not brilliant, truthfully. From Belfast you will have to take a train to Coleraine, then from Coleraine you will need to take a bus (maybe several) to your destination.


If you'd prefer to rent an Airbnb during your stay, I have a list of the best Airbnb's on the North Coast you can check out below!

Ireland elopement at Dunluce Castle

Places to eat & drink!

Just a snippet

Restaurants


  • Ramore restaurants, Portrush
  • 55 Degrees North, Portrush
  • Babushka kitchen café, Portrush
  • Urban Restaurant, Portrush
  • Ocho Tapas Bar, Portrush
  • The Tourist, Portrush
  • Harry's Shack

Cafés


  • Bothy, Portrush
  • Lost & Found Café, Portrush
  • Guilt Trip Coffee & Donuts
  • Mauds
  • MAEGDEN
  • The Giant's Barn

Pubs


  • The Quays Bar & Restaurant
  • Kiwi's Brew Bar
  • Harbour Gin Bar
If you're staying in an Airbnb, ask your hosts where their favourite places are! locals know best.

Fancy a nice dinner & reception at your airbnb?

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there are plenty of caterers & Deliveries here that will sort you. Here are my favourites:



  • Six by Nico
  • Gourmet Grazing NI (Grazing boards)
  • Pomegranate & Fig (Grazing boards)
  • Streetza (Stone fired Pizza)
  • Brooke Avenue (Gelato)
  • The Mallow Makers (Artisan Marshmallows)
  • The Fudge Club
  • Tones_ (Instagram)
wedding grazing board picnic Northern Ireland

@Tones_ on instagram creates gorgeous picnic sets & grazing boards!

Elopement Vendors



Looking for the perfect vendors for your elopement at Dunluce Castle, including videographers, celebrants, styling, florals, cakes and more?
Look no further! I have put together a list (WITH LINKS) to my absolute favourite vendors. Check it out below!

so, are you in?


Lets start planning your elopement!

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