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50 great dates in Ireland: From canoe-dling in Cork to cuddling strangers in Wicklow

Stuck for a date idea? Our 50 days out with a difference will see you through Valentine’s Day... and beyond

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Bosca Beatha

Bosca Beatha

Lough Ouler

Lough Ouler

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Say it with roses, or you can go for an alternative option from our list

Say it with roses, or you can go for an alternative option from our list

Loose Canon

Loose Canon

Glamping Finn Lough

Glamping Finn Lough

Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites

Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites

The view from Dzogchen Beara

The view from Dzogchen Beara

Seafood cafe

Seafood cafe

Wine tourism: a growing trend. Photo: Deposit

Wine tourism: a growing trend. Photo: Deposit

Carrauntoohil. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Carrauntoohil. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Refurbished: Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street reopened in 2017

Refurbished: Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street reopened in 2017

Stella cinema

Stella cinema

Natalie Keane of Bean and Goose chocolate. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Natalie Keane of Bean and Goose chocolate. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A bedroom in the Cosy Cabin at Dunbrody House

A bedroom in the Cosy Cabin at Dunbrody House

Ericsson skyline tour, Croke Park

Ericsson skyline tour, Croke Park

Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Limerick Big Band

Limerick Big Band

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Bosca Beatha

From cuddling strangers in Wicklow to a spot of after-dark canoe-ddling in Cork, dates with a difference that will see you through Valentine's Day... and beyond

1. Hike to a heart-shaped lake

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Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

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Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake in the Wicklow Mountains

How: Here's an old-school outing for the Instagram age. Co Wicklow's Lough Ouler is a corrie lake shaped exactly like a heart, though don't underestimate the challenging walk of about 3.5 hours to get there and back. Start from the car park above Glenmacnass Waterfall; end with a memory (and boots pic) to savour.


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