The island of Ireland, amongst its many draws, is now making a name for itself as an active honeymoon destination, ideal for newlyweds looking to get a taste of adventure to kick start their wedded bliss. From world-renowned sports, to lesser-known hidden gem adventure, Ireland promises an adrenaline-filled start to a couple’s new chapter.
It is no secret that Ireland offers spectacular views and landscapes, and those looking to make the most of this natural beauty can do so by exploring its vast stretches on horseback. With many a stable located near popular hiking trails, couples can saddle up and take to the wilderness. A bonus experience for couples is the chance to rent a caravan in County Mayo, and enjoy life on the road for a couple of days in the company of a loved one and a local horse.
To get even closer to a significant other, guests can opt to traverse the well-worn walking trails strewn across the country, to take in the sights and sounds of Ireland first hand. Superb views are promised along the Causeway Coast Way, which winds past cliffs, beaches and numerous landmarks, such as the famous Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland. If timed well, honeymooners can coincide their trip with local walking festivals, such as those held across Fermanagh, Galway and Kerry, which will see groups of locals guiding guests towards the best views on offer.
Summer months bring with them the chance to take to the sea and make the most of the waves at beaches along counties Clare and Sligo. Surfing is a much-enjoyed sport in Ireland, with beaches at Strandhill and Enniscrone proving to be a great challenge for seasoned surfers, but also ideal for learners, courtesy of the many surf schools in the area.
Kayaking is another way to keep moving during a honeymoon, especially on the River Liffey, which runs through the vibrant city of Dublin. A touch of romance can also be introduced into the trip, with the option of moonlight kayaking on Lough Foyle. Home to bioluminescent plankton, the lake comes alive when guests kayak through its waters, with each stroke of the paddle inciting an ethereal glow within the ripples. For those looking to take this up a notch, ‘adrenaline junkies’ can try their hand at white water rafting in Sligo and Donegal. The thrill of navigating the waters first hand as well as working alongside a partner, is sure to provide a thrilling bonding experience unlike any other.
Cycle routes are another great way to get around the country, promising to keep couples fascinated and fit at the same time. The Ring of Kerry, Kingfisher Trail, and Glendalough Cycle Loops will have guests wheeling with joy, as they whiz past awe-inspiring natural landscapes. With an increasing number of official cycle trails developed, spanning an approximate 99,000km of roads, couples are spoilt for choice from short cycles around a lake, a guided tour, a quick urban loop, self-guided tours, or a longer single to multi day cycle route along the coast.
Being home to a third of the world’s links courses, Ireland is no stranger to international golfing circuits. Couples with a penchant for putting, can break out their clubs and take to the pristine greens dotted across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Must-play courses include Royal Portrush Golf Club (County Antrim), Portstewart Golf Club (County Londonderry), Lough Erne Course (County Farmanagh), Royal County Down Golf Club (County Down) and The K Club (County Kildare).
With the vast array of unique activities awaiting couples, Ireland promises an action-packed honeymoon experience like no other.