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New Year - New Decade - New Activity!

Posted on January 8, 2010 @ 12:48 PM in Adventure

As we begin a whole new year, a brand new decade we thought the team would to inspire you to try something completely different.

Giving up chocolate, spend less/save more and get organised are always the usual suspects when it comes to choosing a New Year’s resolution.  According to Wikipedia only 12% of people actually succeed in achieving their New Year’s resolution. Why? Maybe because all these usual resolutions are really boring!

Panic not! has the answer and so are making your New Year’s Resolution for you! Repeat after me...

"This New Year I will try 5 new exciting outdoor activities in Northern Ireland". 

There are actually 37 activities on buts let’s be realistic about this. Here are some suggestions...


1. Coasteering


Experience body-surfing waves, scrambling up waterfalls and cliffs and flinging yourself into deep water from heights of up to 20ft! Coasteering is an action packed activity which involve walking, scrambling, jumping, swimming and sometimes crawling around the coast or ascending a river. Coasteering is a high-risk activity and it is essential to begin with an experienced guide. Activity operators provide the essential equipment; you only need a swimming costume and a towel. The provided wetsuit ensures that you stay warm at any time of the year; other equipment includes a helmet and a buoyancy aid. If you are a beginner, you can start off on easy climbs and jumps and build up to the bigger ones once you gain confidence. There are a variety of places where you can go Coasteering in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Top spot

The rugged North Coast is absolutely perfect for Coasterring - jumps, pools, climbs and gullies this area has it all.  Always use a guide so you can get the best from your adventure whilst also being safe.

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2. Mountain Boarding

Mountain Boarding

Lose yourself in the thrill and adrenalin of mountain boarding in Northern Ireland. This is one to get your pulses racing! Mountain boarding or 'dirtboarding' is a super cool activity, invented by snowboarders to ensure they could still get their kicks when the white stuff was in short supply. It was such a success that it soon became an adventure activity in its own right. Northern Ireland has its very own mountain boarding centre, Surfin’ Dirt, located in the spectacular surroundings of the Mourne Mountains. Surfin’ Dirt cater for everyone over the age of 7 from novices to hardcore enthusiasts. They have boards and safety gear for hire and qualified instructors to show you how it's done.


Northern Ireland’s Top Spot

You can mountain board pretty much anywhere you have access to a grassy slope but absolute beginners should head for The Mournes in County Down where you will find Surfin' Dirt - Ireland's only mountain boarding centre.


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3. Zorbing


Feel the adrenaline rush as you roll down a hill inside a giant PVC ball at speeds of up to 30mph. Zorbing is one of the most exhilarating extreme sports in the world. Originating in New Zealand this activity has now arrived in Northern Ireland. There are two adrenaline-packed rides to choose from: Hydro Zorbing The hydro ride has been described as an invigorating combination of a water chute and a rollercoaster! The ball is filled with about 10 gallons of water and up to 3 riders can float unharnessed down the hill while the ball spins, bounces and rolls. Harnessed Zorbing Harnessed Zorbing is the more daring of the two! Riders are strapped in at the shoulders, hips and feet while the ball revolves down the hill, gaining speed all the way. Generally two people ride the harnessed sphere at a time to balance weight, creating a smoother, faster ride! This is one adrenaline rush you’ll never forget!

Northern Ireland’s Top Spot

At the minute there is only one location in Northern Ireland where Zorbing is offered. The JungleNI are based in Moneymore, Magherafelt.  

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4. Hovercrafting


Experience the thrill of gliding over land and water on a cushion of air at speeds of up to 30mph. Hovercrafting has been around since the early 1920’s however it is now accessible in Northern Ireland as an adventure activity for all to enjoy. The skills required to successfully pilot a hovercraft, include balance, anticipation and an intuitive feel for the machine. All these can be achieved with a little training and application. Hovercraft providers have purpose built tracks allowing ‘pilots’ to ride over grass and water, navigating through tricky courses of hairpins and bends in a safe and controlled environment. The buggies are 2-seater and can be driven solo or in tandem with a willing and cooperative partner! No special equipment needs to be purchased as helmets and other safety equipment will be supplied by the Hovercraft provider.

Northern Ireland’s Top Spot

There is currently only one Hovercrafting operator in Northern Ireland. Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure operate on a purpose built course just outside Limavady.

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5. Skydiving & Parachuting

Sky Diving

Throwing yourself out of a perfectly good plane may sound like a crazy plan, but skydiving is a must-try for avid adventures. Skydiving and parachuting are mostly done for fun although there is a competition element to the activity as well. A good way to get started is to get in contact with a centre that specialises in skydiving and parachuting. The most popular jump for beginners is a tandem sky-dive where you are attached to an instructor. You only need a short briefing for this one and the freefall lasts for about a minute. This is a cost effective way to see if the sport is for you. These centres generally have restrictions for safety reasons, for example, you need to be 16 years old to jump.
If you enjoy the tandem skydive and want to take it further, the next step is to do a static-line course: a one day course where you learn about equipment, steering, how to land etc. There is a progression training system which will take you from static line through to freeflow until you are classed as an experienced jumper.

Northern Ireland’s Top Spot

Movenis Airfield, near Garvagh in Derry is where the Wild Geese skydiving centre is based. 

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So – I bet you didn’t think all that what possible in Northern Ireland.  Now your New Year’s resolution is made check out because there is so much more on offer.


Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

6 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by build your own hovercraft on August 6, 2010 @ 10:40 AM

Here I found very interesting information. Specially about hovercrafting. It gives information about top spot at North Ireland. It is really exciting. Now days Hovercrafting is getting popular day by day. This information will guide many more towards North Ireland.

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Posted by Campsites on March 1, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

Love it. What an inspiration. I do like the idea of coasteering. Although rugged, it somehow looks smooth and relaxing.

Posted by Holiday Cottages on March 15, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

Wow,, I would love to have this PVC ball,looks like an entertaining stuff.These pics are aw struck.

Posted by Temporary Van Insurance on March 29, 2011 @ 2:48 PM

I want to express my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make readers read from the beginning to the end. I would like to read newer posts and to share my thoughts with you.

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