If you’ve watched the romantic comedy PS I Love You you’ll already be familiar with the film locations used among the stunning scenery of Ireland. Picture the scene as the cameras roll. A guy and a girl stroll among a quiet road through the rolling moorland of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, stained with purple heather with a stream flowing under the stone bridge steeped in history. Later their eyes meet over a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub, among the craic and laughter as he sings her a rousing version of Galway Girl and sweeps her off her feet.
The places we see in the movies have a way of transporting us and inspire us to travel, so it’s great to see this guide from Travel Republic to famous movie locations, with tips for film lovers on where to go and some unmissable things to see while you’re there.
Visit the PS I Love You Film locations
In the 2007 hit movie PS I Love You, the central character Holly meets her husband Gerry in Ireland, but after he sadly dies, his letters mysteriously arrive from beyond the grave to persuade her to overcome her grief and return to Ireland. She revisits the places they fell in love, with scenes from the film shot in the glorious countryside of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Sally Gap, Blessington Lakes and Whelan’s Bar on Wexford Street in Dublin which stands in for the local pub. This rugged and scenic corner of Ireland is surprisingly accessible, as it’s less than an hour’s drive from Dublin and has been used in other films such as Excalibur and Braveheart. You can read more about the PS I Love You film locations in the Travel Republic famous movie locations guide.
If you’d like to visit these film locations and experience the natural beauty of County Wicklow for yourself, it’s easy to hire a car and drive south of Dublin for the day, or book on the Wild Wicklow tour with local guides who can tell you all the best stories. Read about my day in Country Wicklow with Irish Tales and 50 shades of Green on the Wild Wicklow tour.
I visited a few years ago the autumn, and while the best time to see the heather in full bloom is in August and September, there was still colour (50 shades of green according to our guide) over the moorland with dots of fluffy white bog cotton. The peat turf that was cut on these hillsides in days-gone-by, was once the main source of fuel for families in the area, with that unmistakable smell of peat smoke hanging in the air from each pub chimney and the water of the streams coloured peat-brown.
Visit the Glendalough Monastic Settlement
Although it’s not included in the film, I highly recommend a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Glendalough monastic settlement, built in a glacial valley in the 6th century by St Kevin, who lived as a hermit beside the lake. A lone tower stands among the gravestones, once used as a bell tower to call the monks to prayer, or to spot intruders from a far. It’s a lovely walk up the valley through woodland and alongside the lake toward the second lake which fills most of the valley.
Visiting a traditional Irish pub
Of course, no visit to Ireland would be complete without visiting a traditional Irish pub, where you’ll usually find some live music in the evening, whether it’s a harpist or an Irish band with accordian and fiddle. In PS I Love You, the local pub where Holly listens to Gerry playing in a band is actually Whelan’s Bar in Dublin, but on our drive through Wicklow, we stopped for lunch at Lynham’s Hotel in Laragh where bare brick walls are covered with old pictures and prints.
Visiting the PS I Love You Film locations
For more information about where to find the PS I Love You film locations in County Wicklow, Ireland visit the Travel Republic Famous Movie Location Guide, and for more things to do in Ireland check out the Ireland Tourism website and the Visit Wicklow website.
The Travel Republic Famous Movie Locations Guide
If you’d like even more inspiration for your travels from famous film locations around the world, why not plan a trip to;
Kefalonia: The film location for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, set during the Italian occupation of Greece during WWII where an officer falls in love with a local woman, set against the olive groves and crystal clear waters of the Aegean.
New York: The film location for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where Audrey Hepburn appears on 5th Avenue outside Tiffany’s, wearing her trademark pearls and sunglasses.
Paris: The film location for Before Sunset, where Jesse and Celine rekindle their romance in a romantic boat trip along the Seine.
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