If you are a fan of romantic comedies, you might have seen the 2010 film Leap Year starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The film follows Anna, a Bostonian who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on February 29th, a tradition that dates back to the 5th century. Along the way, she meets Declan, a charming Irish innkeeper who agrees to drive her to Dublin, but not without some mishaps and adventures.

The film is set in Ireland, but not all the locations are what they seem. In fact, some of the places that appear in the film are hundreds of miles away from where they are supposed to be.

One of the main attractions of Leap Year is the beautiful scenery of Ireland that serves as the backdrop for Anna (Adams) and Declan’s (Goode) journey. The film showcases some of the most stunning landscapes and landmarks of the Emerald Isle, such as cliffs, castles, beaches, and villages. However, not all of them are located where they are supposed to be in the film.

For example, Dingle, where Anna first meets Declan, is actually Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway. The pub where Declan works is called Caragh’s Inn in the film, but it was actually an old guesthouse called Conneely’s Guesthouse in Kilmurvey on Inishmore Island. The exterior of the pub was decorated with colorful murals and bunting for the film.

Another location that appears in the film as Dingle is Connemara National Park in County Galway. The park is known for its mountains, bogs, heathland, lakes, and wildlife. It is also home to a herd of Connemara ponies, which are native to the region. The park was used for some of the scenes where Anna and Declan walk through the countryside. For several of the driving scenes, the ‘Bog Road’ in South Connemara near the village of Roundstone was used as the backdrop.

The final scene of the film, where Anna proposes to Declan on Leap Day, was also filmed on Inishmore Island. The location is Dún Aonghasa (or Dun Aengus), a prehistoric fort perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The fort is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Ireland and offers spectacular views of the sea and the islands.

Leap Year is a charming and funny film that showcases some of the best aspects of Ireland: its culture, its history, and its scenery. The film may not be very accurate in terms of geography, but it does capture the spirit and the beauty of the country. If you are looking for a romantic and adventurous escape, you might want to follow Anna and Declan’s footsteps and visit some of the filming locations of Leap Year in Galway and beyond.


Connemara National Park (Walking Scenes)

Dún Aonghasa (Proposal Scene)

Conneely's Guesthouse, Kilmurvey (Declan's Pub)

The Bog Road, Connemara (Driving Scenes)




July 8, 2022

One of my fav rom com

Val GC