In our view, there’s no better way to get to know each other than on one of Ireland’s many adventure options. Whether you’re dating in Cork, Galway, Kerry or dating in Dublin, see below our pick of the greatest activity dates around:
Dalkey and a Swimsuit
Lose your inhibitions and get straight into that figure-hugging, no-place-to-hide wetsuit and head out to Dalkey in County Dublin for a spot of kayaking. If you’re a novice take in a relaxing tour of the bay and spot some celebrity homes, or for the more daring go full steam ahead into white-water rafting but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted and expect to get very wet, many times. www.kayaking.ie
If you’re dating in the West and you’re not afraid of heights then Ziplining through Lough Key Forest park in Roscommon will be right up your street. Swing into Cargo nets, climb high into the treetops and fly down ziplines. Perfect for adrenaline junkies.
For surfer dudes it’s hard to beat the atmosphere or the cracking waves in Bundoran, Co. Donegal. No better way to enjoy a nice moment after a hard days’ surf than to paddle out together once the sun starts to set.
Going to Extremes
If you prefer to take your adventures on 4 wheels then try your hand at 4X4 off-roading in Cavan. If you have the solid nerves and precision handling to navigate these powerful vehicles through rugged, extreme terrains, then this is the perfect date for you. Manoeuvre through deep-drops, rivers and muddy slopes. Holding hands all the while, of course.
Zorbing at Speed
If you and your partner are dating in Cork and you like the idea of life in a bubble then try a spot of Zorbing. For the perfect, couples adventure date, both of you will be strapped into a giant inflated ball together and rolled, at speed, down a steep hill. Although Zorbing is considered on one the safest extreme sports, the adrenaline rush will satisfy any thrill-seeker.
For couples dating in Dublin that like the idea of shooting each other – playfully of course – then paintballing is a fun way to break a sweat and make the most of those shooting skills you’ve refined playing Call of Duty. Play as part of a larger group and be a team protecting each other. The post-game autopsy will keep you entertained for hours.
For a once in a life-time, truly unique experience, get behind the wheel of a Tank. If you are partial to big hunks of metal or if you simply enjoy a good war movie, then it’s hard to argue with the uniqueness of feeling 17 tonnes of military engineering at your fingertips.
The Great Western Freeway
If soaring adrenaline doesn’t float your boat but nor does the traditional dinner date and you’re thinking, where should I go on a first date? A scenic, leisurely excursion could be perfect for you. Rent a bike and take in the idyllic views that the Greenway on Mayo’s Atlantic Coast has to offer. The world class, great western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.
Shoop, shoop, shoop your way down the slopes together at Ski Club of Ireland at Kilternan, Co. Dublin. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or you wouldn’t be caught dead without a snowboard, enjoy your shared interest in all things ski on the dry slopes.
Hell & Back
If none of the above excite your interest because they just don’t seem punishing enough; if you can’t sleep at night without feeling you have completed some measure of endurance; if hardship is the name of your game-then it has to be Hell and Back. With events all over the Country, Hell and Back is Ireland’s toughest mental and physical endurance challenge. You will have to complete a 10-15km trail route crossing rivers and lakes, climbing hills and mountains and crawling through bogs and swamps. You will share a gruelling experience and bond over your shared trauma. Enjoy comparing cuts and bruises afterwards and maybe even a small bet between you on who can get the muckiest.