Welcome to Northern Ireland's Outdoor Adventure Blog. This blog will keep readers up to speed with all things ‘adventure’ in Northern Ireland this year. The OutdoorNI team will be posting up new and exciting information on the best ways to get out and enjoy the Northern Irish countryside whilst industry professionals will be letting us into their tips of the trade in order to get the best from Northern Ireland’s ultimate activity playground!

This blog is packed full of useful information for everybody looking to take part in outdoor activities from the hardcore adrenaline junkie to those simply looking for some fun ideas for all the family.

This outdoor adventure blog will cover a range of land, water and air based activities such as caving, coasteering, hover crafting, zorbing, surfing, sky diving and many more. You can also find more activity specific information by visiting the other three blog sections on cycling, canoeing and walking.

WalkNI Awards 2018

Posted on December 3, 2018 @ 4:34 PM in Walking

Have you voted in this year's WalkNI Awards? With lots of new categories competition is heating up and every vote makes a difference! Check out our guide to this year's Awards.

WalkNI Awards 2018

How to vote

Voting in this year's Awards is quick and easy you can do so here: WalkNI Awards (Vote Now)

Why You Should Vote

Who wins is decided by the public and in the most hotly contested categories every vote matters! This year by voting in the Awards you can also enter into our competition to win a £515 walking outfit from this years sponsor Jackson Sports, Belfast.

The Categories

Favourite Walking Destination of 2018

Strangford Lough
Mourne Mountains
Causeway Coast & Glens
Belfast
Sperrin Mountains
Fermanagh

Favourite Family Friendly Walk

Gortin Forest Park & Pay Structure
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park
Montalto Estate Trails, Tree House & Natural Play
The Giant's Lair, Slieve Gullion
Magic Ink Pot, Mount Stewart

Favourite Place To Watch A Sunrise / Sunset

Slieve Meelbeg, Mourne Mountains (Hibernia Landscapes by Stephen Wallace)
Manannán Mac Lir, Binevenagh Mountain (Neil Moroney Photography)
Giant's Causeway (Alistair Hamill Photography)
Kilbroney Forest Park (Jaime Collins Photography)

Favourite Place to watch a sunrise / sunset 

Favourite Summit In The Mournes (6 Highest Peaks)

Slieve Donard
Slieve Binnian
Meelmore
Slieve Bearnagh
Slieve Commedagh
Slieve Meelbeg

Favourite Place To Walk On The Causeway Coast

White Park Bay
Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne
Giant's Causeway
Fairhead

Favourite Walker Friendly Coffee Shop

Synge & Byrne (Slieve Gullion)
Sea Shed (Benone Strand)
Purple Heather Mobile Coffee Unit (Culicagh Boardwalk)
Lock Keepers Cottage (Lagan Towpath)
Ground Espresso Bar, Portadown (Newry Canal)
Courtyard Coffee Shop (The Argory)

Favourite Coffee Shop

Favourite Place To Walk Your Dog

Castle Ward
Lagan Towpath
Scrabo Hill
Benone Strand
Gosford Forest Park
Blessingbourne Woodland Walk
Castle Archdale

Favourite Walking Festival / Event     

Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge
Sperrin & Killeter Walking Festival
Boots N Bogs Walking Festival
Castlerock Walkfest
Walk the Glens Festival
Wee Binnian Walking Festival
Causeway Coast Challenge Walk
Omagh & Sperrins Walking Festival
Glenarm Walking Festival
Mourne International Walking Festival

Charity Walks 2018

Best Charity Walk Of 2018

Mood Walk's (Aware NI)
The Bra Walk (Action Cancer)
Moonlit Walk's (Cancer Focus)
Memory Walk (Alzheimer's Society)

Favourite Nature Reserve

Murlough Nature Reserve
Island Hill & North Strangford Nature Reserve
Bog Meadows
Cladagh Glen
Oxford Island
West Lighthouse, Rathlin Island

When The Winners Are Announced

Voting closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 12th December 2018. Winners will be announced early in the new year via the WalkNI Facebook Page & Website. The winner of the competition by our sponsor Jackson Sports, Belfast will be contacted in the new year (see terms and conditions for details)

The Most Important Part- Spread The Word!

Every vote makes a difference so don't forget to spread the word by sharing our posts on Facebook or telling your friends!

Latest comment posted by Adele Walker on December 6, 2018 @ 5:42 PM

My favourite walk is Castle Archdale Read more >

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

Northern Ireland's 5 Most Iconic MTB Spots

Posted on November 6, 2018 @ 12:57 PM in AdventureMountainbiking

We asked for your favourite bits of trail on Northern Ireland's MTB trail centres and you delivered! Below are 5 of the most popular sections of trails that were sent to us. If your favourite place to shred wasn't included, let us know so we can use it in future! Just email info@mountainbikeni.com

 

1. Boundary Rock, Davagh Forest Mountain Bike Trails

 

2. The Great Escarpe, Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails

 

3. Stream Trail, Davagh Forest Mountain Bike Trails

 

4. On the Pulse, Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails

 

5. Run Ragley Run, Davagh Forest Mountain Bike Trails

 

Visited these trails before? Have some epic footage or pictures of you on any of the mountain bike trails in Northern Ireland? We'd love to see them! Send them to us by emailing info@mountainbikeni.com. You can also check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information on any of the mountain bike trails in Northern Ireland, please visit MountainBikeNI.com.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

#WalkNI Instagram Favourites (Causeway Coast & Glens)

Posted on October 16, 2018 @ 5:47 PM in Walking

From picture perfect sunsets to cliff top views, we take a look back on our favourite #CausewayCoast #WalkNI moments shared on Instagram.

Glenariff
Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk, 1.5 miles circular, Glenariff, Co. Antrim

Runkerry Beach
Portballintrae Causeway Loop, 5.5 miles circular, Portballintrae, Co. Antrim

Mussenden Temple
Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne, 2 miles Circular, Coleraine, Co. Antrim

Fairhead Northern Ireland
Fairhead, Various walks between 1.5 & 3.3 miles circular, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

White Park Bay Beach
White Park Bay, 1.4 miles linear (one way), Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Giant's Causeway

Causeway Coast Way (part of the Ulster Way), Co. Antrim

Kinbane Castle

Kinbane Castle which can be found along the Causeway Coast Way (part of the Ulster Way), Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

Carrick-A-Rede
Carrick-a-Rede, 0.7 miles linear (one way), Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Gleno Waterfall
Gleno Waterfall, 1 mile circular, Gleno, Co. Antrim

Whiterocks
White Rocks- Portrush to Bushmills walk, 6.6 miles linear (one way), Portrush, Co. Antrim

Ballintoy Harbour
Giant sea caves at Ballintoy Harbour along the Causeway Coast Way (part of the Ulster Way), Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Don't forget to share your Mournes Adventures with us using #WalkNI on social media.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

5 Tips to Help You at the Red Bull Foxhunt

Posted on October 2, 2018 @ 2:45 PM in Mountainbiking

This year's Red Bull Foxhunt will see 550 riders compete against each other and three of the biggest names in the world of mountain biking, who are assuming the mantle of the Foxes: Gee Atherton (Multiple World Cup and Championship wins), Loic Bruni (UCI World Champion) and Greg Callaghan (Ranked No.3 in the world at the 2017 Enduro World Series).


A daunting task for anyone - but MountainBikeNI have spoken to the one man who has won the Foxhunt an amazing 3 times; Colin "Rosco" Ross. Colin took us to Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails, where the Foxhunt takes place, and gave us his 5 tips on how to give yourself the best chance when taking part in the mass start event.

Tip 1: Look After your Suspension

 

Tip 2: Go for a Thicker Tire

 

Tip 3: Choose Different Lines During Practise

 

Tip 4: Practise Your Sprints

 

Tip 5: Make Sure You've Enough Energy for the Race

 

Good luck for the big day! If you'd like more advice on the wider Red Bull Foxhunt experience, you can check out MountainBikeNI for loads of helpful tips. We'll see you all in Rostrevor.

Colin Ross
Colin Ross  World DH Master's Champion

Colin is a 3 time winner of the Red Bull Foxhunt and current Master's World Downhill Champion.

#WalkNI Instagram Favourites (Mourne Mountains)

Posted on September 17, 2018 @ 2:26 PM in Walking

From summit selfies to picture perfect views, we take a look back on our favourite #MourneMountains #WalkNI moments shared on Instagram this summer.


Slieve Donard via Bloody Bridge, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Bloody Bridge
Find this Bridge: Bloody Bridge River Walk, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Reservoir Views
Discover these views for yourself: Reservoir Views, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Devils Coach Road
Take in this epic view from the top of the Devil's Coach Road Slieve Beg
, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Hare's Gap
Walk here: Hare's Gap
, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down


Discover these views for yourself: Reservoir Views, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Slieve Binnian
Take a summit selfie here: Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down


Find this Bridge: Spelga Dam, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Annalong Valley

Walk here: Annalong Valley (Central Mournes), Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Slieve Binnian
Find this walk: Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Summit Cairn
Take in these views from the summit cairn of Slieve Lough shannagh, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

Don't forget to share your Mournes Adventures with us using #WalkNI on social media.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

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