Top Valentines Date Ideas to Help You Stand Out from the Crowd


Are you trying to pull someone a little bit hotter than you? Need some ideas for Valentines Day? According to Nicole Buckler, perhaps you might get a win using these sexy moves.

Hot Air Balloon Flight


This is a very romantic way to impress someone who is a little more interesting than you. You can take them up over the fields of Athlone, the rolling pastures of Trim, or the castle at Kilkenny. The adventure will be breathtaking as long as you don’t hit powerlines and singe your date’s hair.

You will get to see parts of Ireland that only birds get to see… although sometimes that isn’t a good thing –  when those naturists are baring all in their back gardens, the birds-eye view utterly betrays you. But we think this is a winner. It’s romantic, it’s different, it might be freezing…but it could swing the love pendulum your way.

Full Moon Walking Tour for Two – Wicklow Mountains

This was a dark November night in a Swedish fir tree wood. This kind of wood is pretty dense and consists mostly of fir trees. Pretty scary at night. Than the moon rose up over tree tops overhemlingly bright and magnificent, like a crown, ruling the night world.

Is your beau one of those annoying fit people who likes the outdoors and breathing in fresh air and all that stuff? Well then here is an impressive romantic notion. Take them on a guided moonlit walk through Wicklow’s wild scenery.

You have to wear hiking boots and rain gear, which is in no way sexy. But the adventure and wild romance of the outdoors will make up for that. As long as you don’t get pooed on by a bat. Which happens in Wicklow. Don’t write in and tell me about it. I know from FRESH EXPERIENCE.

This is the outdoor date of a lifetime, so get some sexy boots and get going. It costs €50 for two people.

A Private Hawk Walk for Two


For a wildy romantic experience, you can do a private hawk-walk for two people. Within minutes of arriving you will be introduced to a hawk each. You may even be able to send the hawk to get you a burger if necessary. Ok, that’s a lie. But once you’ve made friends with your hawk, it will promise that it won’t fly away to a more interesting place.

You and your beau will spend an hour learning to fly hawks, with lots of photo opps. The hawk will fly from the trees to your gloved fist. Hopefully it won’t gift you a dead rodent, but if it does, suck it up and eat the thing, the hawk was just trying to be nice.

This will set you back €165.

Weekend Retreat with Cooking for Two in Co. Wicklow


Romance and food have been tied together since the beginning of human life. What woman would reject a man who came home with a mammoth to put on the fire? And what man could turn down a woman who made a fine ale from the wild barley she found? These are all signs of true love.

Presenting food is an aphrodisiac, so a good idea for Valentine’s day is one of full food immersion while staying in a gaff that you don’t have to clean yourself.

Consider a cookery getaway at Ballyknocken House and Cookery School in the picturesque Wicklow countryside. When you arrive, you will be  stuffed with tea and cake. You can then relax beside the log fire or amble through the forest before returning for a four course dinner. The next day you do your cooking course, and then you’re sent home to practice on other humans, who you hopefully won’t poison. Just be sure to alert staff of any allergies, no one wants you to die in the egg salad.

It will cost you €494.00.

Dolphin and Whale Watching for Two


For something really different, how about some wet animal watching? Here you can take your lover (or someone you’re begging to be your lover) onto a boat in the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll get up close to sea animals, so close you’ll be able smell their fishy breath.

As dolphins play you can look into your lover’s eyes and expect big kudos. And it’s not just the sea mammals that will impress bae, you will also see West Cork’s great coastline, with its ancient castles, islands and other marine life. Bae is gonna be impressed.

You can bring food and drink on board, so get busy packing the choccie strawberries and champers. If you need to send samples to me first for quality approval please feel free.

One drawback is that you have to dress warmly, so you won’t be able to show as much skin as you usually need to, which might tempt your intended. But nevermind, just remind yourself that you are naked under your clothes.

The tours run from April to November. But getting the voucher on Valentine’s day is close enough. It will set you back €150


Dinner Cruise along the Dublin Canals


Usually these cruises don’t start running until April. But there is a Valentine’s special available, if you’re quick on your keyboard you might just nab one.

For those in the capital, you can cruise lazily up the canal, hopefully not killing any swans along the way. With this cruise comes a traditional Irish dinner in a romantic setting. The boat slides along, passing through several locks along the way. You can actually watch the crew open and shut the locks, which is still done manually. It’s like something from Downton Abbey, although this is the missing chapter about the working class skivvies along the canal.

The boat has a fully licensed bar. If you get very inebriated and fall over, you only fall into knee-deep water, so even if you’re very drunk, you’ll be fine. You will however probably be pecked in the head by weird swans who certainly don’t like you.



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