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Romantic Adventures and Romantic Breaks



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Dirty weekends take many guises. Candlelit dinners, long lie-ins and breakfast in bed are all standard, but for couples looking for something extra, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has something a little different to offer.

 
 

Couple kissing at the Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Along this coastal journey there are remote places that couples can visit and feel like they are the only two people in the world. From horse riding along the rugged, untamed landscape to midnight kayaking under the stars, there are plenty of ways to reconnect with each other and get a little bit dirty... doing outdoor activities! Let the fresh sea air mess your hair, and the muddy roads scuff your boots. In return you’ll leave feeling fully refreshed and invigorated. 
 

Gallop along the strand to the soundtrack of the sea

Horse riding on the Northern Headlands, Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Sandy beaches, quiet lanes and soft springy bog land provide the trail for an afternoon's horseride off the beaten track on the Wild Atlantic Way. Gallop along the strand to the soundtrack of the sea, explore lesser-known scenic spots, and with a saddle view, take in the breathtaking scenery. Sure, a horse drawn carriage sounds romantic, but if you’re looking for a dirty weekend with your significant other, horse riding here is just the activity to roughen you up round the edges. Pictured is one of Donegal’s stunning beaches located up on the wild Northern Headlands, famous for its remote sandy shores. Of course, you can horse ride all along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, find more information and romantic breaks in Ireland here.

Take a moonlit walk at the Dark Sky Reserve

Breathtaking night sky at Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Image via KerryDarkSky.com
 

The kaleidoscope of colour that makes up a Wild Atlantic Way sunset is followed by a breathtaking night sky at Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve, a region in the South West of Ireland. Here the sky is illuminated with thousands of glistening stars, clusters and even the odd shooting star, all visible to the naked eye. This is the only Gold Tier Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning the view is as clear and unpolluted as remote places like the Desert Plains of Africa or the Joshua Tree National Park in California. Fancy a romantic midnight stroll and a starlit picnic under the Milky Way?

 

Mountain Bike the Burren’s rugged landscape

The Burren, Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The Burren is a place like no other, rich with historical and archaeological sites, located in Clare, on the Cliff Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way. Its limestone landscape is an environmental wonder that stretches over 250 square km, reaching from sea level to 300m – with a network of caves beneath the surface. Spend a day exploring the crevices by bike to see forts, cairns, tombs and caves. For those who want the fresh air and an easier pace, pick up an electric bike from Electric Escapes. Before you leave, head to the top of Corkscrew Hill for beautiful views of Ballyvaughan Valley and Galway Bay.
 
Finally, to reward your efforts, stop off at the Linnalla Ice Cream Parlour in New Quay to relax and enjoy one of the many delicious artisan ice creams on offer, all sourced from local (Moo!) ingredients.
 
See where else you can cycle and take in the breathtaking views along the Wild Atlantic Way. 

 

Night kayak under the stars on Lough Hyne

Kayaking on West Cork’s Lough Hyne, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Image via atlanticseakayaking.com

As skies of pinks and purple turn to midnight blue, it's the perfect time to take a kayak on West Cork's Lough Hyne. Guided by Jim, a world-champion kayaker, you'll be in safe hands as you navigate through dark, serenely still waters. It might take a little while for your eyes to adjust to this kind of darkness and as they do, your other senses seem to heighten. Together you'll be lead through cliffs and keyholes under a blanket of stars. Time to re-think the perfect night out with your partner. Dinner and drinks versus drifting under the stars? Get in touch with Jim at Atlantic Sea Kayaking to book your midnight kayaking experience.
 

Forage, feast and soak in seaweed

A couple foraging for food Along the Wild Atlantic Way

If the two of you really feel like getting your hands dirty, roll up your sleeves and go foraging for seaweed. You can make the most of your new found foraging skills by cooking up a delicious dish like celebrity chef Donal Skehan did on his foraging trip on the Wild Atlantic Way. Of course seaweed has benefits beyond eating it. Why not indulge in a traditional treatment for detoxing and de-stressing; the seaweed bath. Before you settle in, it’s common to spend time in a steam room to open your pores and facilitate your skin's absorption of rich nutrients. Then sink side-by-side into warm baths of rejuvenating Atlantic waters and freshly harvested seaweed. Soft lighting, ambient music and stunning views all marry together in this luxurious experience.

Connemara seaweed baths

A hideaway haven for couples to escape the hustle and bustle and lie back and relax together. To find out where you can enjoy this unique experience, click here.
 

Coasteer and swim in the swell

Leaping from cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Famed for its rugged beauty, there's no better way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way’s coastline than by jumping right in and coasteering along its edges. Leap from cliff faces into the pristine Atlantic waters, swim in the swell and explore caves for an invigorating experience that is sure to make your hearts pound. All you need is swimwear, a towel, shoes and an adventurous partner in crime. The perfect adrenaline rush for fun loving couples. Find guided coasteering tours along the Wild Atlantic Way here.


Walk on the wild side

Roam rugged roads together, take in the clean air on a coastal cliff walk, or discover untouched scenery off the beaten track on a Wild Atlantic Way walk. These trails may get your boots muddy, but the views will set your hearts racing. The countryside changes dramatically from north to south making each walking trail along the route truly unique, from flowering blanket bogs, to the dramatic quartzite mountains of the Twelve Bens. Ireland’s longest off-road route is the Great Western Greenway, aptly named with rich green landscapes and spectacular seascapes. This route has many shorter trails. Walking from the seaside village of Mulranny to the spectacular sights of Achill Sound will take around 3 to 3.5 hours. Long enough to earn yourselves a feast for two at one of the many pubs and restaurants dotted around the island. 

Couple walking along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Find even more ways to treat yourselves on some romantic adventures just about anywhere on the route with our handy Directory.

 

 
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