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Top Tips for Family Fun in the North Coast

Steeped in history and legend, famous for its breath taking views and award winning beaches and with a whole host of family activities, the North Coast is the perfect place to get away for a kids day out in Northern Ireland.

Be sure to check out our extensive list of activity events and activity experiences in the North CoastNo experience required, no specialist equipment needed, you don’t need a big group or lots of organisation. Just make a quick call or email to the activity providers to begin your adventure.

Think days at the beach are just restricted to building sand castles, think again! Get ready to have an action packed day out on the water during a family surf lesson. Get kitted out with a wetsuit from Long Line Surf School (Portstewart Strand) and Troggs Surf School (Portrush) who provide lessons all year round, so there really is no reason to let the good ole Northern Irish weather dampen your spirits! For those who don't fancy the waves straight away have a go at stand up paddle boarding an ancient form of surfing with a paddle with Troggs Surf School. With beginner sessions available for those aged 8 years old see who has the best balance on this fun, exhilarating and chilled way to explore the calmer waters.

Forget about the stunning views from the car window they're best seen from the water on a high speed boat with Aquaholics or Portrush Sea Tours! This is a fun and exciting way to see the famous sights of the area as you pass the Giant's Causeway, Rathlin Island and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. If your family like to explore then why not take a trip to Rathlin Island where the whole family can hop off in search of seal colonys and puffins.

For families seeking the adrenaline rush of something a bit more adventurous book onto a coasteering session with Xplore Outdoors and dive right  into this action packed activity as you walk, scramble, jump, swim and sometimes crawl along the Causeway Coast. Lead by a fully qualified instructor you will be in safe hands on this unforgettable wet and wild session. Prefer to keep your feet dry. The team also offer a variety of other activities sure to keep everyone happy including rock climbing, abseiling and archery. 

For a more relaxed kids day out take the family along one of the many cycle routes the North Coast has to offer. With child and adult bike hire available from Bushmills Cycle Hire or Strandeen Bike Hire this is a hassle free and inexpensive way to spend some quality time together.

Make a Break of it! 

With so many great outdoor activities happening in Northern Ireland it makes sense to create a short break around the fun! 

From chic, city boutique hotels to rustic rural retreats and from self-catering apartments to outdoor glamping, Northern Ireland has a wonderful variety of accommodation for all tastes & budgets!

To book a short break or to find out about Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions, accommodation and things to do, visit

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