Chris Scott Activity Tourism Manager
Having 'retired' from competitive sailing he is trying to find something new to fill the void. Currently mixing it up with 10ks, trail running, duathlons and adventure races.
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Ok, you’ve got November’s pay cheque, you’ve got your list of who you need to buy presents for but you just can’t face battling through the snow to hit the shops this weekend.
Don’t worry OutdoorNI.com can help solve your problem and all from the comfort of your armchair.
With over 90 Christmas Gift Vouchers available you’ll have no problem choosing the perfect present for someone special.
Choose from a whole host of unforgettable gift experiences throughout Northern Ireland including zorbing, surfing, mountain biking and even hover crafting! Simply look through the activity ideas online to purchase the perfect gift; you will then receive a personalised voucher in the post. All that will be left to do is give it to someone special and watch their face light up with excitement!
All vouchers are valid for 10 months from the day of purchase meaning your friends and family will have something to look forward to once the excitement of Christmas has been and gone. So what are you waiting for? Give your loved ones an experience they will never forget this Christmas.
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Listed below are a few spectacular places to visit in the last few months of winter…so wrap up and get ready for the crisp winter air because there isn’t a better way to explore them than by bike!
This is one of the most popular routes on CycleNI.com and it is no wonder why…traffic free, flat path, nice coffee stops and in the winter time it offers beautiful crisp winter scenery for the whole family to enjoy! The whole route itself is 21 miles long but can be accessed from various points so you can cycle shorter sections of it suiting any ability.
Wheel your way around Castlewellan Lake on this 2.5 mile family cycling trail and keep your eyes peeled for birds such as Little Grebes, Cormorants, Mallards and Mandarin Ducks. Set within the Mournes Area of Outstanding Beauty you will be sure to catch some great glimpses during the winter season.
One of my personal favourites…and the picture above says it all! Gosford is not only a fantastic cycle trail but a wonderful forest filled with incredible flora and fauna making it a winter wonderland at this time of year. The trail combines forest roads with two short sections of single track and is suitable for cyclists with basic off-road cycling skills and should take an average of 1 hour to complete.
This traffic-free route is great for a family ride with young children. The parks mature woodland, the winter mist above its tranquil lake and its stunning swans make this a place to remember!! The areas of high ground offer splendid viewpoints of surrounding town land and countryside with views of Lough Neagh on a clear day.
Explore 1000 years of history on the shores of Lower Lough Erne whilst riding this trail in Castle Archdale Country Park. The trail runs through secluded parts of the forest as well as on open areas where it hugs the shore of Lower Lough Erne offering stunning panoramic views. Experience the cold chills of the wintery forest as well as the clear cool mist of Lough Erne!
This short family cycle connects Castlerock village and Downhill Forest and is predominantly along traffic-free sections of NCN Route 93. Cyclists will be able to take in the winter sea breeze and scenery as they make their way along the coast and also experience the mystery of the cold forest as well as being able to view two of the tallest Sitka Spruce trees in Ireland, known by some locals as "Laurel & Hardy".
If these routes have inspired you to get out cycling...there are lots more routes listed on CycleNI.com.