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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You have reached the OutdoorNI.com Easter blog for 2010 but don't worry there's still plenty of Easter family adventures happening this year too! Check out our latest blog Easter Family Adventures 2013 for loads of ideas to keep the kids amused this Easter.
Easter is fast approaching and there’s plenty to celebrate; the days are finally getting longer, there’s copious amounts of chocolate eggs to be consumed and most importantly the activity providers of Northern Ireland have gone all out to provide you with some great outdoor family events!
If you’re struggling to think of something to keep the kids and teens amused over the break that doesn’t involve a T.V. then don’t worry we’ve got a fantastic list of adventure activities that are sure to inspire! Make the most of the better weather, and get everyone outside and active.
Easter is always a busy time for activity providers so I usually can`t get a good proposal for a active vacation. As I am sure you can tell from reading this – these adventures are great! Read more >
I discovered a whole new world of canoeing a few weekends ago via the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI). You have to understand that is a very embarrassing statement for me considering I have worked very closely with key staff from CANI for the past few years.
To further the embarrassment I was previously a qualified Level 2 canoe coach and a fully signed up member of the aforementioned organisation. But enough of the confession and back to the whole new world.
Over the weekend 13th & 14th March I was at the Share Holiday Village in Co.Fermanagh for CANI’s annual ‘Paddlefest’ event. I had always wrongly assumed that this was for the elite paddlers refining their well honed skills and that attendance by a mere mortal like me would be a waste of time.
However on arrival it quickly became clear that the event was certainly not full of world beating paddlers. This is not meant to be derogatory to those in attendance but rather as an encouragement for those, who like me, previously have not attended the event before to get along next year.
Paddlefest is CANI's annual paddlesport event to bring paddlers of all ages and abilities together to enjoy our sport. It is open to all abilities and disciplines and provides the choice to either develop existing skills or try a new discipline.
The theme of this year’s event was flat water paddle sport and what better location than the Share Holiday Village, Ireland’s largest activity centre and situated on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. The centre is actually a designated access point on the award winning Lough Erne Canoe Trail.
The sessions were delivered by top class coaches from across the United Kingdom and Ireland with intriguing titles such as:
‘Ray Goodwin – Open Boat King’
‘Nick Cunliffe – Sea Kayaking Legend’
‘Jim Morrissey – Marathon racer and expedition paddler’
However the session titles were much less daunting and very pragmatic. For example
‘Turning your canoe’
‘Fundamentals of paddlesport’
‘Tandem open boat skills’
can hardly be classed as elite sessions, in fact they are essential for people like me. The weekend was rounded off with an opportunity to get out and explore with a trip on a section of the Lough Erne Canoe Trail on Sunday morning.
The on the water sessions were also accompanied by enlightening talks ashore, what can only be described as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of new canoes, kayaks, clothing as associated equipment; and of course plenty of fun and games in the bar in the evening.
The event was certainly not intimidating, in fact it was the opposite and I would encourage paddlers to get along next year. You don’t have to be a CANI member, although that will be strongly encouraged and with a full calendar of recreational trips being planned by CANI along the canoe trails for the summer then annual membership certainly seems an attractive option.
I love the look of the sea kayak sail. I guess you might even just about be able to sail up wind in it. That would save the old arms a bit! Read more >
A few days off work coupled with some good weather (fingers crossed!) gives us all a chance to get out on our bikes…even if it is just an excuse to get it out of the garage – where my bike has been sitting for quite a while!
Here are a few ideas below to whet your appetite!
The most popular cycle rides on CycleNI.com
Download maps for these routes on CycleNI.com.
For those looking something a bit longer and tougher why not try some of the following…
Either bring your bike with you or hire a bike when you get here.
Bike Hire is available throughout Northern Ireland, please click here for a list of providers.
For longer or shorter options please visit CycleNI.com.
Hi Heather, sorry only reading your reply to my blog now, We are part of an Armagh based cylcle club called "Steady cycle club" I am not sure of the exact website address but if you google Steady C ... Read more >