With Covid 19, many of us have had to go back to the drawing board when it comes to our wedding day for 2021 and beyond. It's made us think about how we are going to celebrate it and or possibly downsize our weddings. Having an intimate wedding or elopement in Ireland is the perfect solution. Currently in Ireland indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted. It sure makes the prospect of eloping or an intimate wedding, all the more attractive.

So I've put together some spots in Cork which would make the perfect spot to get eloped.

Cork is full of hidden ELOPEMENT gems

Cork is full of hidden ELOPEMENT gems

When to elope

The weather in Ireland is notoriously changeable, with the rainy season generally lasting all year long. Being on the edge of Europe our climate means we are never too warm or too cold and West Cork has its own micro climate where its quiet temperate and mild, even in winter. The warmest months to elope in Ireland are from May through to September. Autumn, Winter and Spring are generally cooler, wetter and windier. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 66°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 73°F. So pack your hiking boots, bring a warm jacket and pack a hot flask of whiskey to make the most of your Irish elopement photoshoot.

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Cork is the largest county in Ireland, and I can guarantee around every corner there is some sort of hidden gem. I know the most beautiful places to get eloped and most of these are within an easy commute from Cork Airport or Shannon Airport. Be it up a boggy mountain, on a coastal cliff or in a vibrant or buzzing Cork town or village. An elopement in Cork will never disappoint. I'm going to show you some great spots to elope to in Ireland.

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Roberts Cove

Roberts Cove is a tiny village in West Cork, just east of Kinsale, it is only a 30 minute drive from Cork Airport. The beach itself is sheltered and can be viewed from a beautiful cliff walk. Gastro pub Roberts Cove Inn is renowned for its food is the perfect place for some food and a bottle of champaign afterwards your elopement.


Want to get married on the edge of the world? There is no where more picturesque than Sheep's head in West Cork. The untempered coastline make for a dramatic elopement backdrop. Venture further south and you can incorporate Three Castles into your Irish elopement package.

Gougane Barra

Nestled in a hidden valley, Gougane Barra and St. Finbarr's church is a must see on your trip to Cork. It also makes for the most rugged and romantic of places to get married in Ireland. While the wait list for the church is years long, an elopement on the shores of the lake or in the surrounding hills. The beautiful Gougane Barra Hotel is a great place to kick back and relax afterwards.

Macroom Castle

Don't fancy an epic climb or a remote elopement? Macroom Castle makes the perfect backdrop to for some epic elopement shots. And because its in the heart of the historic market town you can easily walk to multiple locations within the town to get your perfect Cork Elopement pictures. The Castle Hotel and Granvilles offer beautiful food using locally sourced Irish produce too.


A vibrant town bustling with life, history, music and art, Kinsale is a fabulous place to get eloped, enjoy some Guinness in one of the many pubs and dance the night away. Enjoy a wander around the beautifully colourful streets or take a walk over to James Fort to get the best views of Kinsale Harbour, Charles Fort and Kinsale Dock Beach. A must for a sunset elopement in Ireland. Head to The Spaniard Inn or The Bullman to enjoy an evening stepped in Irish Tradition

Kilcrea Friary

If you want to get off the beaten track and enjoy your elopement in somewhere which isn't overly populated with tourists, the Kilcrea Friary makes a beautiful spot for your elopement. Opposite the friary is a castle, nestled amongst the trees and hidden from public view. It makes the perfect location to get away from it all and get some great couple shots of your micro Irish Elopement.

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