Hot Outdoor Activities in Northern Ireland

June 20, 2014

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Sarah

With the warmer weather finally coming our way it’s time to try some of Northern Ireland’s hottest new outdoor activities…

 

Cable Wakeboarding at the Titanic Quarter

Situated in possibly one of the coolest locations in Belfast, at the end of the famous Titanic Slipway, Cable and Wake have made it possible for you to get your watersports fix right in the heart of the city.
Cable skiing or wakeboarding is a way to water ski or wakeboard, in which the skier’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable, instead of a motorboat.

You don’t have to have tried it before to have a go and the guys provide everything you need from water-skis and wakeboards to wetsuits, buoyancy aids and neoprene hoods and gloves so you’ll stay toasty no matter what the weather.

Once in the water the location really comes to life with the Titanic Studios, home to the Game of Thrones set, iconic Harland & Wolf Cranes,  SS Nomadic and Titanic building all in sight. This is definitely a totally unique way to experience Belfast!
Sessions are available to book all year round weather dependent with beginner taster sessions suitable for all ages from 8 years and start from £20 with one on one coaching also available.

Gift Vouchers for this experience are available to buy online at OutdoorNI.com

Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic

Top Tip: Once you’ve dried off be sure to visit Titanic Belfast literally a matter of steps away or download the Titanic Trail app for a guided walking tour of the area. If you want to make a weekend of it check out Discover Northern Ireland for some fantastic short break offers in Belfast as well as the best places to head to when it comes to the city’s nightlife.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with Long Line Water Trails

If you want to try something unique, chilled out and super fun then Stand Up Paddleboarding with Long Line Water Trails is for you!
An ancient form of surfing (with a paddle) Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has an Hawaiian heritage that is quickly emerging as a popular and competitive global sport.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you will get to travel down the idyllic River Roe in Limavady under the shadow of the beautiful Binevenagh Mountain. No experience is necessary and you will be provided with everything you need from the guys at Long Line from your trusty board and paddle to wetsuits to keep you warm.

Gift Vouchers for this experience are also available to buy online at OutdoorNI.com

Top Tip: If you’re still feeling energetic the views from the top of the Binevenagh Mountain Walk are simply breathtaking. For a more leisurely stroll visit nearby Benone home to one of Ireland’s longest beaches and the atmospheric Mussenden Temple. With so much to pack in why not make a break of it? Check out the Roe Park Special Offer and enjoy a stay in a 4 star luxury hotel without the giant price tag.

Mountain Biking at Northern Ireland’s top trail centres

Mountain biking has well and truly landed in Northern Ireland with the opening of over 100km of official purpose-built bike trails. Whether you are new to the sport or want to get your adrenaline fix by taking on a more challenging course there is something for everyone.

Take on the lightening quick trails or practice technique on the pump track in Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone, or experience simply epic descents in Rostrevor, Co. Down with Ireland’s first ever purpose-built downhill trails, the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails also in Co. Down boast flowing singletrack and incredible panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains with green, blue and red grade trails (including black options) it is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.

Blue Trail at Castlewellan Forest Park

Similarly Blessingbourne in Co.Tyrone is geared up for everyone from families to experienced mountain bikers with plenty of trail options and a pump track to enjoy. If you’re looking for something closer to the city Barnett Demesne on the outskirts of Belfast boasts Ireland first official jumps park (not for the faint hearted!) Further info on all the trails can be found on the mountain biking section of Discover Northern Ireland.

Segwaying through forests, beaches or Belfast

Imagine a feeling like hovering above the ground at speed, with complete control over any terrain. Riding Segways in Northern Ireland is an awe-inspiring experience that has to be tried before you can fully understand how amazing it really is.

This revolutionary technology offers a unique and thrilling way to explore Northern Ireland’s countryside and is extremely eco-friendly producing zero emissions. As simple as walking, motion is controlled by leaning forwards or backwards.

Choose from an exhilarating Segway rally which allows you to learn the basic controls, get some expert tips, and then put your skills to the test on a purpose built track at Craigavon with Segway NI. Or for something more relaxing enjoy a Segway Safari through some beautiful scenery along natural trails, woods and forest settings at the Jungle NI, Co. Derry~Londonderry.
You can also take a trip along Benone Beach negotiating the boardwalk through the dunes and onto the freedom of the sand with Segway Express. Alternatively if you want to have a go in a more urban setting then the Segway Titanic Tour is for you.

Gift Vouchers for this experience are also available to buy online at OutdoorNI.com

For more information on activities in Northern Ireland visit: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/todo/activities.aspx

 

 

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