Ireland is a fantastic destination for a romantic getaway with your other half and is becoming a popular honeymoon destination for couples seeking a unique, off the beaten track experience. The countryside itself, with its gentle sloping hills and awe-inspiring sea views, would warm the coldest of hearts, but there are also a variety of authentically Irish activities that are so romantic that you and your loved one will be left with sensational memories to take with you when you leave. Here are some of the things that cupid himself would recommend;
Wild swimming at sunset
Swimming in the pristine beaches of Ireland is a must on any vacation to the Emerald Isle. The sun sets late in the evening during the summer months and, along the west coast, you can watch it sink into the Atlantic Ocean and turn the sky all shades of red and orange. A sunset swim is one of the most memorable things you can do together; the invigorating water temperature is sure to stimulate the senses! Be sure to ask locals for advice on a suitable, safe spot before you venture in to the water and bring a small drop of whiskey with you to warm you up when you get out!
Oysters & Guinness
Oysters are, of course, the ultimate aphrodisiac and the perfect meal to enjoy with your one and only! When washed down with a pint of Guinness, fresh Irish oysters are a little piece of heaven. You will find this combination in all good seaside restaurants around the coast but to experience oysters in all their glory visit the Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival. The annual event takes place at the end of September in the beautiful coastal city of Galway, on the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. Now in its 62nd year the festival promises tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster opening (shucking) championships and tasting events in some of Galway’s best restaurants as well as a Mardi Gras style Gala. To make your oyster eating experience extra hot – try adding a drop of tabasco sauce!
Seaweed Bath in Sligo
The Irish, especially along the west coast, have been enjoying seaweed baths for centuries and have managed to keep it a fairly close guarded secret. In fact the seaweed bath is remarkably simple - a bath of hot steamy water (some places use sea water) with natural, unprocessed, local seaweed. The heat causes the plants to release their minerals which turn the water into a soft silky gel. Bathing in this seaweedy bliss with your loved one is perfectly romantic and has the added bonus of detoxifying and moisturising your hair and skin at the same time. Voya, in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, does couples bathing packages where you can enjoy this unique experience together, open the window and hear the waves crashing against the shore on the nearby beach – Wow!
Plant a Tree
If you don’t want your romantic vacation or honeymoon in Ireland to end and feel as though you’d like to leave part of yourself behind, then planting a tree is a truly special way of doing just that. You can sponsor a tree through The Tree Council of Ireland, who will plant a tree on your behalf. Once it is planted, your names and the occasion you want remembered or celebrated are entered into a record book and kept in Ireland. A certificate, recording the dedication, will then be sent to you for you both to cherish as evidence of your own little piece of Ireland. How romantic is that?
Night Kayaking among the Phosphorescence in a Salt Water Lake.
The Irish Times Newspaper describes night kayaking on Lough Hyne, Co. Cork as " A night paddle with Atlantic Sea Kayaks in the beautiful Lough Hyne in West Cork is truly amazing"......."Seeing giant starfish as you set off just as the light is fading sets the scene for what is one of the magical experiences you have anywhere in the world. The water comes alive with bioluminescence as your kayak cuts thorough it. It's like paddling through stars". An experience that must be shared with a loved one!