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Getting Active on the Beach

Posted on November 15, 2013 @ 2:25 PM in Beaches

There are plenty of different ways to explore the beaches of Northern Ireland including strolling along the shoreline or delving into the sand dunes but another great way is by taking part in one of the many outdoor activities that use the beach as their playground.

Blokarting - Blokarting combines aspects of dingy sailing and kite buggying, a landsailer is exactly what the name suggests – a three wheeled yacht (or kart) with a sail attached and is ideal for the beach given the wide open space you need. Blokart World is a company run by qualified trainers offering sessions on the following beaches – Benone, Murlough, Tyrella and Cranfield.

Surfing – Surfing in Northern Ireland offers waves to suit everyone, from beginners to champions and if you’re kitted out with a good wetsuit it won’t be too cold to venture into the water. The surf scene is most definitely based on the North Coast with providers operating from 3 different beaches including Troggs Surf School on East Strand in Portrush, Alive Surf School on West Strand in Portrush and Long Line Surf School on Benone Beach.

Stand up Paddle Boarding – Is a fun and easy way of riding a surf board with a paddle, SUP is a great way to have fun on the beach when the surf is flat. The SUP scene is growing rapidly in Northern Ireland and whether you want to enjoy a lesson or go exploring on a SUP safari - the use of modern wetsuits means that it is a year round sport. Providers operate from Benone Beach and East Strand in Portrush.

Horse Riding – Horse riding on the beach is a fantastic way to experience being on horse back, although as the horses tend to want to go a bit faster in the wide open space, riding schools normally stipulate that you have to be an experienced rider to have a go. A favourite spot for beach riding is Downhill Beach in the shadow of the iconic Mussenden Temple with Hill Farm Riding Centre.

Segway - Imagine a feeling like hovering above the ground at speed, with complete control over any terrain, this is what it feels like to ride a segway. Segway Express, based on the outskirts of Limavady, offer tours on Benone Beach giving you the opportunity to glide along part of the 7 mile stretch of beach and test your skills on the boardwalk on the way back.

Sea Kayaking – Experience what the North Coast has to offer to sea kayakers by taking a sea kayak trip from East Strand Beach in Portrush with provider Simply Sea Kayak. Launching from the beach, the tour will take you out to the impressive Skerries Islands to spot the large population of breeding seabirds before returning back to the beach.

If this blog has inspired you to explore your nearest, or not so nearest, beach from a different perspective then don’t forget to visit for even more activities to do on the beach.


Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Aron on November 19, 2013 @ 5:43 PM

It offers a wide range of how to explore scenery beaches. i really like the Blokarting. It is really nice tool to explore the beautiful seashore meanwhile it can help us to get avoid into the cold water in severely cold temperature. Thank you for sharing nice article.


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