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Short Break Ideas for Couples in Northern Ireland

Posted on July 23, 2015 @ 10:37 AM in Adventure

From the stunning coastline of the North Coast, to the famous Lakelands of Fermanagh, beautiful beaches, sunsets and stargazing there are endless possibilities for adventure in Northern Ireland this summer.   

Put your trust in each other and do something crazy together, here are our top 5 active summer short breaks that are sure to inject some excitement into your life and leave you feeling reenergised.

Forest Hideaway

Tucked away in the stunning 820 acre demesne Castle Ward in Strangford, Co. Down is home to four eco friendly continental camping pods. 

Just outside your doorstop you will have over 12km of off road cycling and walking trails to explore based on the stunning shores of Strangford Lough. Take advantage of onsite activity provider Clearsky Adventure Centre’s package which includes a night glamping with bike hire and archery or canoe hire so you can explore the trails including some of the filming locations for hit series Game of Thrones. If you really want to recreate the magic then have a go at their Game of Thrones archery experience in the Winterfell courtyard. 

The next day why not hop aboard the high speed Strangford Sea Safari? Watch your knuckles go white as the RIB takes you to shipwrecks, whirlpools and sea colonies to view Strangford Lough from a whole new angle. 

Fermanagh Lakeland Escape

Fermanagh is famous for its Lakelands so there is no better way to explore it than by boat. Enjoy a trip on the Lower Lough Erne with boat hire from Manor House Marine. Explore some of the finest castles, gardens and heritage sites, do a bit of fishing or alternatively sit back, relax and take in the splendid scenery anchored up in your peaceful surroundings. 

Make a weekend of it and head to Blessingbourne, a private estate in the picturesque Clogher Valley in Fivemiletown just a 40 minute drive away. With a range of self catering options from the 3* appartments in the courtyard to the 5* gatelodge a good nights sleep is guarantteed before heading out to explore the mountain bike trails.

Explore the North Coast

Northern Ireland’s most spectacular coastline is bursting with fantastic activities for you to enjoy together. Book a session with Troggs Surf School, Portrush and catch a wave together during a surf lesson. Alternatively if you want something a bit more chilled out then skip the waves and try out a spot of stand up paddle boarding.  After an active day at the beach check in for the night at the Shola Coach House B&B. Enjoy the sunset after dining at the Ramore Wine Bar renowned for its fantastic tasting food and lively atmosphere.

The next day pay a different sort of visit to Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. You may have already crossed the famous landmark but have you ever been underneath it? With Simply Sea Kayak you can explore the North Coast by kayak. 

Glamp it Up

Home to Northern Ireland’s only tree top adventure course, play Tarzan and Jane at The Jungle NI as you swing from the trees.  Or why not take a tumble together with some extreme downhill zorbing?! You can also enjoy a spot of clay pigeon shooting or have a blast round the forest on a Segway.  

With so much happening onsite it makes sense to stay put and with the Jungles quirky glamping pods you can do just that.  Relax in the splendor of the great outdoors and get toasting those marshmallows in your very own outdoor patio equipped with a camp fire and picnic benches before unwinding in their outdoor hot tubs!

Majestic Mountain Break

When it comes to an outdoor adventure break the Mourne Mountains have it all; fabulous mountain walks, beautiful beaches and enchanting forests. Take a trip to Castlwellan forest park where you can create your own adventure with bike or canoe hire from Life Adventure Centre. Hire a canoe and head out on the lake or get down and dirty on the mountain bike trails.

Just a 7 minute drive to Newcastle indulge in a spot of luxury at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa or for something a bit out of the ordinary relax and unwind at the soak seaweed baths

We all know food is the way to anyone’s heart so the next day why not head out on the Mourne foods cycle trail?  A self guided food tour by bike with the Mourne Mountains as your backdrop you’ll get to experience the wonderful artisan food and spectacular scenery of the area.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

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