Making the Most of the Magical Mournes

Posted on March 30, 2015 @ 5:02 PM in Walking

Dramatic Tors, breath-taking reservoirs, rugged landscape and barely another sole in sight; you can expect to find this and more in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down.  The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits are crowned by granite tors with a network of paths and tracks, providing incredible opportunities for exploration.

The beloved inspiration for CS Lewis’s fictional land of Narnia with all mountains situated within a relatively small geographical area the beauty of the Mournes is that you can conquer and explore a vast variety of the hills all within a matter of days and all from one base.  With this in mind, we have designed a variety of walking itineraries coupled with some great offers in nearby walker friendly accommodation to enable you to get the best out of a short break in the Mourne Mountains. Two of our favourites are below however for even more itineraries download the free ‘Mourne Mountains Walker’s Guide’. 

Conquer the Peaks

A challenging 3 day itinerary climbing the 6 highest peaks in the Mournes including Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest summit at 853m / 2,798ft.  As the name would suggest this itinerary requires a high level of fitness but rewards walker’s efforts with breath-taking views out over the Irish Sea and beyond!

Day 1: Slieve Donard, Commedagh and Bearnagh 17.5 km (10.9 miles)
A challenging circular walk with some strenuous ascents, this route takes in 3 of the highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains (Slieve Donard 853m, Slieve Commedagh 765m, Slieve Bearnagh 739m) with wonderful views out to the Irish Sea and back into the High Mournes.  The route follows part of “The Brandy Pad”, a track created by the boots of smugglers and the hooves of heavily laden ponies, particularly during the 18th and 19th centuries.  

Walker Review : “This walk is a gem, the long walk in from Trassey ensures the modern world is left behind, and it's just you, your companions and the Mournes. Each mountain has it's own magic, and the views are a treasure.” Posted on WalkNI.com by Tom

Slieve Commedagh
Image: Slieve Commedagh

Day 2: Slieve Binnian 7 miles (11 km)

This fantastic circular walking route follows the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Binnian (747m). It then traverses between the spectacular South and North Tors with stunning views of Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs before descending along a track past the Blue Lough, Annalong Forest and back to Carrick Little car park near Annalong village.  Between 1904 - 1922 many skilled people were employed seasonally to build the Mourne Wall which stands up to 8ft high and 3ft wide and took 18 years to complete. 22 miles (35.5km) in length it connects the summits of no less than 15 mountains, including Slieve Donard.

Walker Review: “The castles at the top are well worth the climb and the view from the top of Binnian must be the best you will get anywhere in the Mournes.” Posted on WalkNI.com by Trevor Greer

Slieve Binnian
Image: Ben Crom Reservoir viewed from Slieve Binnian Loop

Day 3: Meelmore and Meelbeg 5.5 miles (9 km)

This is a moderate circular walk in the Mournes, summiting 2 of the 7 highest peaks in the region, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg. The walk starts and finishes from Ott car park ascending to the col between Slieve Loughshannagh and Carn Mountain before following the Mourne Wall to the summits of Slieve Loughshannagh (619m) and Slieve Meelbeg (708m) and up to the summit of Slieve Meelmore (687m). Once at the bottom of the valley, the route picks up the Ulster Way, passing Fofanny Dam.

Walker Review: “This is a perfect short walk - warm up on the walk up Ott, stretch out on Loughshannagh and Meelbeg and then rise to the challenge of Meelmore.” Posted on WalkNI.com by Georgina Milne

Meelmore

Image: Mourne Wall ascending Slieve Meelmore

The 'Best of the Mournes’

For those only in the Mournes for the weekend, these 2 invigorating days are perfect to fit in some of the highlights of this spectacular range. This itinerary summits Slieve Binnian and Bearnagh with the option of scaling Slieve Donard, all of which will reward walkers with breath-taking views over the South Down and County Armagh landscapes.

Day 1: Reservoir Views 9.3 miles (15 km)

A strenuous linear walk linking the southern end of the High Mournes to Newcastle via Slieve Binnian, Slievelamagan and the Glen River. Impressive views of Silent Valley Reservoir can be enjoyed from Slieve Binnian and of Ben Crom Reservoir from Slievelamagan, both of which supply Belfast with piped water. The walk starts near Annalong and finishes in Newcastle. From the top of Slieve Donard, on a clear day, walkers can see out over to England’s Lake District, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, Snaefell on the Isle of Man, the Scottish island monolith of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.

Silent ValleyImage: Silent Valley

Day 2: Bearnagh and Meelmore 6 miles (9.6 km)

A strenuous walk in the Mournes taking in the peaks of Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Meelmore, finishing by walking down Happy Valley and along a section of the Ulster Way. This is a circular walk using the Trassey Track as the gateway to the core of the High Mournes.

Walker Review: “This walk has breath-taking views from the top of Bearnagh out to Spelga Dam, down into Kilkeel and out across Newcastle into the deep blue sea... A must for those seeking beautiful scenery and a good leg workout” Posted on WalkNI.com by Claire and Mark

Slieve Bearnagh

Transport

Activities in the Mournes Shuttle Services (AIMSS) provide a shuttle service to walkers in the Mourne Area. Contact 07516 412076 to book. Translink operate a dedicated “rambler” bus service through the Mournes from May-September; Tuesday to Sunday. 

Places to Stay – Up to 50% Off for walkers

There are a number of small towns and villages dotted around the foothills of the Mourne Mountains all which make a great base for walkers. Newcastle, a coastal resort around 31 miles (50km) from Belfast and 87 miles (140km) from Dublin, is probably the most popular town located at the foot of Slieve Donard. 

Get up to 50% off accommodation for your next walking break in the Mournes –simply contact the accommodation providers listed below directly and quote ‘WalkNI’ when booking. All offers are valid from 1st March 2015 – 31st May 2015. For full T&Cs and a full list of all walker-friendly accommodation offers across Northern Ireland visit WalkNI.com 

Accommodation Mourne Mountains

Newcastle

Burrendale Country Club & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down50% Off 4* Hotel
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down15% Off 4* Hotel
The Views Apartments, Newcastle. Co. Down3 nights for the price of 2, self-catering 
Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down20% Off Hotel
Mourne Heights, Newcastle Co. Down15% Off self-catering
Waterfoot Apartment, Newcastle, Co. Down3 nights for the price of 2, 4* self-catering

Castlewellan

Hillyard House B&B, Castlewellan, Co. Down£28pp for walking groups
Mourne Haven, Castlewellan, Co. Down15% Off self-catering

Dundrum

Dundrum Bay Holiday Cottages, Dundrum, Co. Down15% Off 4* self-catering
Downshire Manor Apartment, Dundrum, Co. Down £100 Off 4* self-catering 

Other Places to Stay

Kribben Cottages, Annalong, Co. Down - 3 nights for the price of 2, 4* Self-catering
The Mourne Lodge, Attical, Co. Down - £30pp B&B plus packed lunch
Tory Bush Cottages, Bryansford, Co. Down20% Off 3* self catering 
Mountains of Mourne Country Cottages, Kilkeel, Co. Down3 nights for the price of 2, 3* self-catering
Graceys Barn, Rathfriland, Co. Down3 nights for the price of 2, 4* self-catering

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

Eggcellent Easter Adventures 2015

Posted on March 30, 2015 @ 4:59 PM in Adventure

There is no need to struggle with ideas to keep the kids and teens amused over the Easter break. Check out our list of outdoor activities on offer this year to ensure you have an eggcellent Easter. Whether you plan on joining in on the fun for a family day out or are looking to leave the kids to it at one of the many adventure camps taking place there is lots happening in the outdoors over the holidays. Easter 2015

Easter Activities for Families 

Easter 2015

Easter Sea Safari, Sun 5th & Mon 6th Apr, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, Co. Down
Hold on tight as you whizz across Strangford Lough in a high speed boat. Take in the spectacular views of this area from the water as you travel out to the Sea Gen and spot seals and whirlpools.

Easter Trail & Cruise, Sun 5th & Mon 6th Apr, Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh
Find the Easter treats and surprises hidden along the trail by the Easter Bunny before hopping on board a boat to cruise around the lough. 

Easter Family Madness '3 for 2', 3rd, 6th, 7th & 10th Apr, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Enjoy 3 for 2 entry to an action packed family day out climbing, kayaking, archery, zip lining and more.  

Easter Family Fun Day, Mon 6th & Tue 7th Apr, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
With a whole range of activities including body zorbs, archery, climbing, paintball target shooting, segways and more, nobody will be complaining of being bored this Easter break at the JungleNI.

Easter Kids Camps

Leave the kids to it with friends their own age for a few action packed days of outdoor adventures.
Kids Easter Camps Northern Ireland

Kids Easter Surf Camp, Fri 3rd- Sun 5th Apr, Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim
Come down to the beach and enjoy a weekend of professional surf instruction to introduce the kids to surfing. Pay per session or book all 3 at a reduced rate. Minimum age 8 years old.

Kids Easter Mountain Bike Camp, Fri 10th- Sat 11th Apr, East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Co. Down
The kids will be introduced to the skills needed to hit the trails confidently and safely during this specially designed mountain bike kids camp. Suitable for children aged 7 to 14. 

Easter Activity Club, Wed 8th- Fri 10th Apr, Bryson Lagansports, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Drop your kids off, on the way to work, for three fun filled days of activities in the heart of the city. Suitable for ages 8 and over they are sure to have an exciting few days of activities including canoeing/kayaking, orienteering, archery and having a go walking on water in Water Roller Zorbs. 

BAC Easter Scheme, Wed 8th- Fri 10th Apr, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Avoid boredom setting in and drop the kids off for a couple of days of action packed fun at Belfast Activity Centre during the Easter holidays. Activities will included: caving, climbing, mountain biking, bushcraft, team games, nightline, archery, easter egg hunt and more. 

For even more events happening over the Easter break check out OutdoorNI.

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Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She enjoys getting out and exploring the fantastic adventures on offer across Northern Ireland.

Walk in the Footsteps of St Patrick

Posted on March 13, 2015 @ 4:08 PM in Walking

If you fancy stretching your legs and using the bank holiday for a St Patricks Day Pilgrimage, we’ve put together a list of walks all which have associations with the famous Saint for you to enjoy:  

Slemish Mountain, Broughshane, Co. Antrim (1.2 miles circular)
Slemish Mountain rises 1500 feet (437 metres) dramatically above the rural plains to the east of Ballymena. The central core of an extinct volcano, this breathtaking monolith dominates the local landscape however its value as a heritage site is entirely bound up with its association with Saint Patrick. Legend tells that Saint Patrick was captured and brought to Slemish to work as a shepherd under a man named Miluic for around six years. After his escape, many believe that Patrick planned his now famous journey back to Ireland to convert his old master and one of Patrick’s churches is thought to be at the site of the nearby Skerry Churchyard. 

SLEMISH

Lecale Way Section 1, Downpatrick to Ballyalton, Co. Down (4 miles linear)
Starting in Downpatrick, the medieval capital of County Down this 4 mile linear walk is steeped in Irish Christian heritage and is a section of the 40 mile Lecale Way stretching from Strangford to Newcastle. The walk starts outside the St Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick, an interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland with the option to visit Down Cathedral, where Saint Patrick's remains are buried.

St Patrick Visitor Centre

Mourne Mountains, Newcastle, Co. Down
The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains have more than one association with Saint Patrick. He is thought to have visited the Mournes on his first landings to Ireland and converted the local hill folk to Christianity and it is at the foothill of Slieve Donard, in Newcastle where popular mythology states he famously banished snakes from Ireland. Further into the mountains themselves where a small stream marks the boundary of the Kingdom of Mourne legend has it that there is a rock in the stream with Saint Patrick’s hand print from where he knelt down to drink the water. 

Slieve Donard

North Antrim Cliff Path to Dunseverick Castle, Bushmills, Co. Antrim (4.8 miles linear)
This well maintained walkway follows a key section of the longer Causeway Coast Way & Ulster Way. Nearly 5 miles in length, this section of coast from Giant’s Causeway to Dunseverick Castle is officially referred to as the North Antrim Cliff Path (& maintained by The National Trust). The spectacular cliff landscape & rich biodiversity of the coast merges effortlessly with the surrounding farmland.  Ending at Dunseverick, Saint Patrick is recorded as having visited the castle in the 5th century AD, where he baptized Olcán, a local man who later became a Bishop of Ireland. Little now remains of this ancient promontory fort, which was eventually sacked by Vikings and fell into ruin, being replaced as a local stronghold by Dunluce.

Dunseverick Castle

Sliabh Beagh Way Section 1: Sliabh Aughnacloy to St. Patrick’s Chair & Well, Co. Fermanagh (7.5 miles linear)

Steeped in local myth and legend, the Sliabh Beagh Way meanders through the valleys of Co Tyrone, the drumlins of Co Monaghan and the lakeland of Co Fermanagh.  The first section begins on country lanes and will take you to St Patrick’s Chair & Well (also known as the Druids Chair and Well or St Brigid's Well or St Brigit's Well) in Altadeven Wood.  Tradition relates that St Patrick said mass in the Chair and blessed the nearby Well. However it is likely that the site's importance predates St Patrick. The name Altadaven translates as 'Glen of the Druid, or Devil' and archaeological evidence indicates that the Chair was probably also used for pre-Christian rituals.

st patricks chair and well

Gosford Forest Park, Armagh, Co. Armagh (1-4 miles circular)
Armagh is one of the few cities in the world which is home to two cathedrals both named after the same saint – St Patrick.  Located just a ten minute drive from the city centre you will find Gosford Forest Park boasting 240 hectares of mixed woodland; the perfect place to enjoy a slice of countryside near the city.  The one mile ‘Castle Path’ takes in the Arboretum which boasts a variety of individual, conifer and broadleaf tree species from around the world, some of which are over 150 years old. Alternatively the two and a half mile ‘Greer’s Trail’, takes in Dean Swift’s Well and Chair before reaching the Millpond where the gateway to the original home of the Earls of Gosford can be found.

amragh cathedral

Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

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Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

Beyond the Giant’s Causeway – Walking the Causeway Coast Way

Posted on March 12, 2015 @ 4:13 PM in Walking

When people talk about the highlights of Northern Ireland’s North Coast, the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage site is often top of the list, closely followed by Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. However, ‘Beyond the Giant’s Causeway’ there lies breath taking landscapes and spectacular walking routes just waiting to be explored.

Offering unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean from cliff top paths with dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches the 53km ‘Causeway Coast Way’  from Portstewart to Ballycastle along Northern Ireland’s most celebrated coastline, still remains largely untouched despite hosting some of Northern Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions.

Widely regarded as one of the finest coastal walks in Europe, the Causeway Coast Way is a relatively flat linear route best enjoyed over 2 days, during which you can escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and geology of the area all whilst covering plenty of ground underfoot.

Causeway Coast Way

 “The grandeur of the rugged North Antrim Coast and the deep glens set against the pastoral farmland create other worlds away from busy life.” Dawson Stelfox MBE, the first Irishman to Summit Everest

Getting to the start
Approximately 262km from Dublin the Causeway Coast Way is easily reached by both car and public transport links. A Causeway Rambler bus service is in operation May through September with a number of stops available along the linear route.

Day 1: Portstewart to Portballintrae including the Giant’s Causeway (23.6km)
Causeway Coast Way

Clockwise from left:  East Strand Portrush, Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Runkerry Beach)

The walk on day 1 takes walkers on the first 3 sections of the Causeway Coast Waymarked Way. Beginning at St Patrick’s Well at the head of Portstewart Strand, this route follows the coastline via the cliff path as it passes the holiday resort of Portrush and the spectacular 16th century Dunluce Castle perched on a crumbling basalt outcrop above the pounding surf before reaching Portballintrae. The walk continues alongside a section of the Giant’s Causeway and Old Bushmills Railway to reach the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Detailed route descriptions and a downloadable maps for each of the sections can be downloaded on WalkNI.com

  • Best place for food: The Ramore Wine Bar is renowned for its great food and lively atmosphere. A favourite of professional golfer Darren Clarke, this wine bar by the harbour in Portrush is a great place to settle in and sample the relaxed way of life on the North Coast.  Harry’s Shack based right on the beach in Portsetwart serves fresh local fish, meats, & home grown vegetables.  Opened in 2014, the award winning eatery has been receiving rave reviews since. 

Day 2: Portballintrae/ Giant’s Causeway to Ballintoy/Ballycastle (18/27.7km)

Causeway Coast Way

Clockwise from left: Dunseverick Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Portbraddan, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Day 2 of this itinerary takes walkers round Benbane Head and past the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and is officially referred to as the North Antrim Cliff path. After reaching the tiny hamlet of Portbraddan, the route follows the sweeping sands of White Park Bay (one of the first places in Ireland to be settled by Neolithic communities) around a headland of jumbled boulders and sea stacks to the picturesque harbour of Ballintoy. A short detour here will take walkers to Carrick-a-Rede with the opportunity of an exhilarating walk across the world famous rope bridge. 

Ballintoy’s hidden beauty is found at the end of the harbour road where you will find a small beach and a limestone harbour dating back to the 18th century a picturesque end to your walk. In recent years this harbour has been a key film location for the television series Game of Thrones.

For those who wish to continue further along the coast, once at Ballintoy there is an option to continue for a further 9.7km on road to Ballycastle.  Often walkers prefer not to walk this section.

Detailed route descriptions and a downloadable maps for each of the sections can be downloaded on WalkNI.com

  • Best place for food: Roark’s Café in Ballintoy Harbour is one of the most idyllic cafe locations in Northern Ireland. A must for a quick snack or a hot drink when out walking along this coastline (Seasonal opening hours apply).  Also based near Balllintoy Harbour another great place open all year round is the Red Door Cottage Tea Room - a traditional Irish cottage with real turf fire, it is the perfect place to stop for a tea and scone or something more substantial.

“...This has to be the best long walk I have ever done. The scenery is spectacular from start to finish. The way is well-marked and for the most part, off-road and traffic free. A real gem, there’s something for everyone- seascapes, cliffscapes, golden beaches, verdant pastures, small towns and world class tourist attractions along the way.” Posted on WalkNI.com by visiting walker Dean Douglas

Places to Stay Along the ‘Way’ – Up to 20% Off for walkers

The route starts at Portstewart Strand with the nearest accommodation in Portstewart town or 1 mile away in nearby Bushmills and ends in Ballycastle all of which have a wide range of walker friendly accommodation to choose from including B&B’s, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation.    

All accommodation providers listed below are currently offering some fantastic offers for walkers from 1st March 2015 – 31st May 2015.  Contact accommodation providers directly and quote ‘WalkNI’ when booking to avail of the offers. For full T&Cs and a full list of all walker-friendly accommodation offers across Northern Ireland visit the accommodation section on WalkNI.com

Bushmills
Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, Co. Antrim 15% Off 4* Hotel
Ballylinny Cottages, Bushmills, Co. Antrim15% Off 4* Self Catering

Portstewart
Cul-Erg House
, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry 10% Off Bed & Breakfast

Ballycastle
Corratavey House B&B
(part of An Casilean), Ballycastle, Co. Antrim20% Off Bed & Breakfast
Glenluce Lodge Guesthouse, (part of An Casilean), Ballycastle, Co. Antrim20% Off Bed & Breakfast
Cushleake House, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim - 3 nights for the price 2 4* Self-Catering
Garden Cottage, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, 3 nights for the price of 2 3* self-catering
Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, 15% Off Hotel

Causeway Coast Accommodation

More information on this route can be found by visiting WalkNI.com where you can download the free ‘Causeway Coast Way Guide’ as well as the ‘North Coast & Antrim Walker’s Guide’ including route descriptions and maps for you to plan your walking trip and make your own discoveries ‘beyond the Causeway’.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

Are You Ready for an Action Packed Adventure? – 50 % Off Outdoor Activities during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2015

Posted on March 11, 2015 @ 11:55 AM in Adventure

On 28th and 29th March 2015 Northern Ireland is being transformed into an action packed adventureland.  With outdoor activities for just £10 and a massive 50% Off normal prices there has never been a better time to have an adventure. 

No experience is necessary and you don’t need a big group to book so round up your mates or go it alone this is one weekend of events you don’t want to miss!  With fantastic activities at such great prices the events will sell out fast so make sure to book your place now.

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2015

Here are just a few of the thrilling adventures you could be experiencing:

Portrush Surfing Experience – 50% Off
Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim, Sun 29th
Make a break for the beach and get set to catch your very first wave as you learn to surf with Northern Ireland’s only Quiksilver approved surf school. Experiences instructors will teach you how to paddle, pop up and surf safely with confidence during this 2 hour session. 

Segway Skills & Speed Course – 50% Off 
SegwayNI, Co. Armagh, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
Test yourself around a Segway skills course followed by an off road challenge!  You’ll spend the session getting to grips with the unique and thrilling two wheeled machines, honing your skills before heading off on a guided off road adventure.  compete against others, or bring your friends along to see who will be crowned champion.

Sea Safari Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Rathlin Island – 50% Off
Aquaholics, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
Feel the wind in your hair as you leave Ballycastle Harbour behind and take in the beautiful cliffs of the North Coast.  See Kinbane Castle as you head up to Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, before crossing over to Rathlin Island where you will have the chance to go ashore and explore this unique island.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lough Henney – 50% Off
Cable and Wake, Hillsborough, Co. Down, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
A fun, exhilarating yet relaxing activity Stand Up Paddle Boarding involves standing or sitting on a long board and propelling yourself across the water using a paddle. You will be shown the basics of balance and using the paddle before taking a tour around the scenic lake. 

Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course– 50% Off
Jungle NI, Magherafelt, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sun 29th March
A unique obstacle course set in the canopy of The Jungle NI's forest. Will you be able to tackle the 50 exciting obstacles up to 70 feet above the ground?! Obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip-lines, Tarzan swings and the Power Fan Drop will be sure to keep your adrenaline pumping!

Adreanline Playzone – Drop Zone, Zip Line & Hill Rally – 50% Off
Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone, Sat 28th March
Experience pulsating action on Todds Leap’s most extreme outdoor activities – take a giant leap of faith from their 30ft Drop Zone, zoom down a 500 metre zip line and finish with a white knuckle, high speed hill rally!

First Step Climbing Wall Skills Course – £10pp
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansford, Co. Down, Sat 18th March
Perfect for those with little or no previous experience who want to become more independent in using an indoor climbing wall.  You’ll get to learn the basics before finding the best route to the top! A great introduction so you can head back and enjoy indoor climbing on your own with confidence.  

Sailing on the North Coast - £10pp
Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
The fantastic scenery of the North Coast will provide the perfect backdrop as you get involved with hoisting and trimming sails and learn how to pilot the boat from your onboard skipper.  Perfect for beginners or for those who've already had a go at sailing and want to get more time on the water.

Game of Thrones Film Set Archery Experience – 50% Off
Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down, Sat 18th & Sun 29th March
A must for any Game of Thrones fans, step into Winterfell and recreate the famous scenes by having a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking on the North Coast - 50% Off
Simply Sea Kayak, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 28th & 29th March
Introduce yourself to the adventurous world of sea kayaking on the stunning North Coast. Experienced instructors will teach you in the safety of the harbour before guiding you along part of the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail.

Wet Bouldering – 50% Off
Outdoor Concepts, Newcastle, Co. Down, 28th & 29th March
Wet bouldering is all about the water – make your way up a river, jump into pools and climb up waterfalls on this wet and wild experience.

Adventureland NI

With too many events happening to mention make sure visit the Northern Ireland Adventureland Website for a full list of what’s on offer.  What are you waiting for?! Let the adventure begin…

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

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