Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Posted on December 5, 2014 @ 12:09 PM in Adventure

Still looking for the perfect gift for your mum, sister or other half?! Get her something completely different this Christmas and give her a thrilling activity experience she'll never forget...all while avoiding the busy shops! Check out some of our top picks for 2014:

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Rathlin Island Sea Tour, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim

A fantastic boat tour around the fabulous North Coast and Rathlin Island. Experience the North Coast from a whole new perspective taking in spectacular sights from the sea including the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the historic Dunluce Castle and much more!

The 'High Tea at Sea' voyage, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down

Arrange an afternoon tea with a difference! See the sights of Strangford Lough before stopping at a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and homemade scones. 

Segway Tour, Segway Express, Benone, Co. Derry~Londonderry 

Get ready to race along the beach on two wheels before taking in the historic sites of Benone! The ideal experience for those looking for something a bit different. 

Sunset Sail, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, North Coast

Treat her in style with her own private yacht, head out toward Rathlin Island with friends to watch the sunset below the Atlantic Horizon. This is a fantastic way to take advantage of the views and includes a complementary glass of wine or coffee/tea. There will also be the opportunity to help sail the boat out into the bay.

Horse Riding Experience, Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy, North Coast

Saddle up and spend the afternoon trekking along the trails of the North Antrim Hills on horseback. Guided by an expert instructor she can enjoy 1½ hours of horse riding at her own level off road.

Hov a Go, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Experience the thrill of floating over the ground at speed.  After expert tuition take on fast straights and hairpin bends on the purpose built tracks on your very own hovercraft. 

Titanic Segway Tour, SegwayNI, Belfast

Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour in Belfast, visit all the key sites where the famous Titanic was built and discover its fascinating history all whilst gliding along on your very own Segway!

Pod Glamping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Give a minibreak with a difference this year. Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate, enjoy a one night stay in the quirky heated camping pods, bike hire and a choice of an activity to do together from either archery or canoeing. Add an additional twist with the Game of Thrones Glamping Mini Break ideal for those who are fans of the show. Bed down for a night deep in the forests of ‘Winterfell’ before exploring the sprawling Demesne and its many filming location hotspots.

Rock Climbing for women, Far & Wild, Co. Derry~Londonderrry

The idea session for a woman looking to build her confidence and develop climbing technique. Whether she has climbed before or is new to the activity this women-specific session is designed to move at a pace that best suits her needs, accomplish her own personal challenges and quite literally reach new heights!

Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Give her the opportunity to feel like Jane of the Jungle as she negotiates her way through 50 elements up to 40ft high including zip lines, bridges, scramble nets and a death defying powerfan descent. The Jungle NI's Adult Tree Top Adventure Course is sure to test his imagination and nerve! 

North Coast Sea Kayaking, Simply Sea Kayak, Co. Antrim

A fantastic opportunity to sample one of the iconic North Coast sea kayaking trails.  This truly unique experience includes a skills session and guided paddle, taking in the stunning views of the North Coast from the water and exploring locations only accessible by kayak!

Adventure Blast, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Combine two activities to make for a great day out. Hit the trails on a mountain bike and explore some of the 27.5km of green, blue and red grade trails before heading out in a kayak or canoe for a relaxing paddle on the lake. 

Try a Dive in the Sea, Aquaholics Dive Centre, Portstewart, Co. Antrim

This is one experience she will never forget as she explores the underwater world with Aquaholics and discovers a whole other side to the North Coast.

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Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Posted on November 27, 2014 @ 11:54 AM in Adventure

Can't think of what to get the in-laws or looking to give your other half something different you can enjoy together? With so many gift voucher experiences tailor-made for couples to enjoy here are a few of our top picks for 2014:

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Mountain Bike and Kayak Rental Package, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Enjoy some quality time together in the great outdoors, exploring some of the 27.5km of green, blue and red grade MTB trails. Finishing the off in a kayak with a more relaxing paddle on Castlewellan lake.

Bay to Bay Sea Tour for Two, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim

Speed across the water on a high speed boat taking in the spectacular scenery of the North Coast. Take in the glorious sights of Ramore Head, the Skerries, Dunluce Castle and Island Doo and witness the stunning sandy beaches of Portrush from the sea as you zoom across the water onboard the high speed boat.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Stand Up Paddle Boarding for 2, Long Line Water Trails, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding together before taking a tour along the remote parts of the idyllic River Roe.

Couples Thrill Seeking Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone

 Find out who really is the better driver as you take it in turns behind the wheel.  The experience also includes a 500m Zip line and a heart racing white knuckle hill rally ride.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Pod Camping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Give a minibreak with a difference this year. Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate, enjoy a one night stay in the quirky heated camping pods, bike hire and a choice of an activity to do together from either archery or canoeing. Add an additional twist with the Game of Thrones Glamping Mini Break ideal for those who are fans of the show. Bed down for a night deep in the forests of ‘Winterfell’ before exploring the sprawling Demesne and its many filming location hotspots.

Island Explorer for 2, Mobile Team Adventure, Strangford Lough, Co. Down

Suitable for all abilities from beginners to enthusiasts this is the perfect getaway for any couple. Take a guided kayaking trip along the stunning Strangford Lough stopping to visit the oyster farm and Ballydorn Lighthouse Ship.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Treat, SegwayNI, Craigavon, Co. Armagh

Explore the off-road course on a segway negotiating obstacles and speeding along the straights. This is a fantastic way to get out in the outdoors and spend some time together doing something totally unique, action packed and fun!

Couples Boating Trip, Manor House Marine Day Boats, Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh

Arrange a romantic trip out on the lower Lower Lough Erne. In your own boat explore the idyllic uncrowded waterways, fishing spots and numerous places of interest along the way. Visit an ancient monastic site or sit back, relax and enjoy the splendid scenery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Glamping, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~ Londonderry

Fancy the idea of camping…without the tent? Now you can give a mini break with a difference in one of Carrowmena's eco friendly 'Camping Cocoon'. ‘Glamping' or glamorous camping combines camping with some of the amenities of a home/hotel. Situated in the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with picnic tables for that al fresco dining experience this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in style. 

Couples 'Brunch on a boat' voyage, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down 

Spoil them with this unusual weekend treat! Skip the hussle and bussle of breakfast and explore the stunning Strangford Lough on a high speed boat before enjoying brunch on one of the hidden islands.

Check out OutdoorNI.com for even more fantastic gift voucher experiences for couples.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men 2014

Posted on November 18, 2014 @ 1:26 PM in Adventure

With so many fantastic gift experiences to choose from we’ve got Christmas wrapped up when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the men in your life, by selecting our top picks for the ultimate Christmas present.

With over 70 gift experiences for men available to buy from clay pigeon shooting and off- road driving to hovercrafting you won’t have any problems finding something exciting and memorable to give him this Christmas.  Gift Vouchers for him Northern Ireland

Segway Off-Road Experience, Segway NI, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Get ready to race along off-road tracks on two wheels! The ideal experience for those looking for some high speed fun as he navigates obstacles and learns how to successfully keep his balance on the downhill descents!

Wild Photography, Far & Wild, Various Locations

Get up close and personal with wild-life through the camera lens. Take a gentle hike with an expert through remote countryside in search of locations and wild-life sure to produce the most intriguing shots.

Clay Pigeon Shooting, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry 

Whether he is a complete beginner or a seasoned professional this activity will have him blasting clays out of the skies in no time. This experience will include all equipment and expert instruction before stepping up to have a go for himself. 

The ‘Narrows’ Sea Safari Voyage, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down

A high speed boat tour around the spectacular Strangford Lough taking in sights including; Clough Rocks Nature Reserve, Whirlpools and more! 

Christmas Gift Vouchers for Him

Fly 'N' Drive Combo, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Experience the thrill of blasting over land and water at speed on a hovercraft, before racing around the track in his very own high speed powerturn buggy.

Surfing, Long Line Surf School & Troggs Surf School, North Coast 

Whether they are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro at catching a wave a surf lesson with one of Northern Ireland's top surf schools is a guaranteed great day out. Receive expert tuition to learn the basics or improve skills and build confidence out on the water.

Rathlin Sea Safari, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, North Coast

Enjoy a fantastic boat tour around the spectacular North Coast and Rathlin Island. Experience the North Coast from a whole new perspective as he takes in the sights of Rathlin Island from the sea as well as the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the historic Dunluce Castle and much more!

Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, North Coast

Whether he wants to enjoy a full day or half day's sailing along the picturesque North Coast aboard a 24' yacht or learn the ropes with some hands on experience, he is sure to have a fantastic time. Departing from either Ballycastle Marina or Rathlin Island he may even decide to bring you as this voucher is for up to three people so he can bring family and friends along. 

Gift Vouchers for Him

Off-Road Driving Taster Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone

Conquer muddy climbs, drops and hazards along the 8 mile course before being taken back across a stage of the course at rally competition speed!

Mountain Bike & Kayak Rental Package, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Combine two activities to make for a great day out. Hit the trails on a mountain bike and explore some of the 27.5km of green, blue and red grade trails before heading out in a kayak or canoe for a relaxing paddle on the lake. 

Make sure you check out our Christmas Gift voucher section for even more fantastic Christmas gift ideas for him.

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Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Bring Game of Thrones to life with an Outdoor Adventure

Posted on November 11, 2014 @ 10:34 AM in Adventure

Step into Winterfell at Castle Ward or sail past the Iron Island's in the North Coast. Whether you are planning on exploring the Game of Thrones film locations in Northern Ireland for yourself or looking to give the perfect experience gift voucher to a loved one, OutdoorNI.com has it covered as we list some of our top suggestions of the best outdoor activities to bring the epic fantasy of Game of Thrones to life. 

Set Sail for the Iron Island's

Game of Thrones

Head north and take a high speed voyage of discovery as you experience the sights of some of the most iconic Game of Thrones film locations from the sea with Aquaholics on their Causeway Coast Sea Safari.

Departing from Portstewart harbour visit key locations including: Cushendun Caves (The Stormlands), Ballyintoy Harbour (Phyke, The Iron Islands), Carrick-a-Rede (The Stormlands, Larrybane), Downhill Beach (Drgonstone) and Murlough Bay (Storm’s End). 

Gift Vouchers for this activity can be purchased online at OutdoorNI: http://bit.ly/1pM1iim

Step into Winterfell

Game of Thrones

Get into character and transport yourself back into the world of Westeros with Clearsky Adventure Centre based in Castle Ward, Co. Down.

Begin your day with the Game of Thrones Archery Experience, where you will be kitted out in Stark Family Costumes and prepare yourself to enter Winterfell for the first time and experience the feeling of being on your very own movie set. It is here you will receive instruction from your archery instructor as you shoot medieval arrows with ancient bows.

After your archery lesson hire a bike (or bring your own) and take some time out exploring the grounds. The self-guided Game of Thrones Cycle Tour takes you to where many pivotal Game of Throne’s scenes took place, including ‘Winterfell’, ‘King Roberts Arrival’, ‘The Twins’, ‘Robb’s Camp’ and the ‘Lannister Camp’ to name but a few. To ensure you have great fun out in the wilds of Westeros you will be given a Game of Thrones ‘Stark Sack’. Enclosed you will find a ‘Medieval Scroll’ of the Filming Locations map (you can keep this as a memento!) plus some supporting images and text from each filming location, Game of Thrones Stark Family Costume Capes and Game of Thrones Stark Family ‘LARP swords’.

For the ultimate Game of Thrones outdoor adventure see the sights from the sea during your own private Castles of Westeros Boat Tour. The tour is a must for all Game of Thrones fans as you are sure to enjoy stunning views from the water of the various Westeros Castles, cross the mouth of Strangford Lough Aka ‘The Narrow Sea’ and other shoreline locations used by HBO in the filming of the show.

Gift Vouchers for these activities can be purchased online at OutdoorNI: http://bit.ly/1tBTgTW

Join the Night's Watch

Game of Thrones Adventures

Wrap up warm and join the Night’s Watch in Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle, Co. Down

Featured in the first episode of Season 1 you might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s Watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon Wildling bodies. This romantic and yet haunting forest is home to trees, woodlands, streams grottos and caves as well as offering panoramic views of the sea at nearby Newcastle.

With its far reaching views, stunning landscapes and authentic medieval buildings you don’t have to travel far in Northern Ireland to see why HBO film location scouts chose Northern Ireland as the perfect place to film Game of Thrones. 

The tours and activities mentioned above are independantly operated by Clearsky Adventure Centre & Aquaholics Sea Safari and Dive Centre. They are not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with 'Game of Thrones'

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Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Do something that scares you this October

Posted on October 13, 2014 @ 4:32 PM in Adventure

You don’t need life stealing zombies chasing after you or a trip round a terrifying haunted house to get your adrenaline racing. OutdoorNI dares you to do one thing that scares you this October! Check out our suggestions for living life on the edge...

Skydiving

Take the leap and try skydiving with Skydive Wild Geese based in Co. Derry~Londonderry. Experience the thrill of free fall and the freedom of the skies during a tandem skydive. Securely attached to an experienced instructor. Are you brave enough to jump out of a plant at 15,000 ft.?!

Rock Climbing

Reach new heights and experience rock climbing with Team Build Ireland in Co. Antrim. This is the ideal choice for those looking to try something new and experience a high adrenaline session with friends. Receive full instruction and all the essential equipment for what is sure to be an epic intro to climbing which will push you to your limits.

High Ropes & Extreme Downhill Zorbing

Get your adrenaline pumping at The JungleNI in Co.Derry~Londonderry. Fancy yourself as being a bit of a Tarzan or Jane? Negotiate your way through 50 elements up to 40ft high including zip lines, bridges, scramble nets and a death defying powerfan descent. The Jungle NI's Adult Tree Top Adventure Course is sure to test your imagination and nerve! If thats not enough excitment for one day climb inside a giant inflatable ball and roll downhill on an extreme zorbing session.

Coasteering

Jump into a coasteering session with Life Adventure Centre in Co. Down. Traverse the stunning coastline by scrambling over sea cliffs and jumping off rocks into the sea during this fun filled, highly adventurous and adrenaline pumping activity.

Paragliding

Soar through the sky during a paragliding session with First Flight Paragliding based in Co. Antrim. Get a bird's eye view as you take to the skies harnessed below below a parachute canopy. All the necessary equipment and expert instruction will be provided. 

Diving

Dive right into October by having a go diving in the beautiful North Coast with Aquaholics Dive Centre. Under the watchful eye of a fully qualified PADI diving instructor you'll go from learning the basics to exploring the underwater world with a dive in the sea, all in a matter of hours. No experience necessary. Check out our blog for a first hand account- Diving in Northern Ireland.

Drop Zone & Blindfold Driving

Do you really trust your friends to get you to the finish line? Or will they send you around the bend? Take a stab in the dark with aBlindfold off-road Driving session at Todd’s Leap in Co. Tyrone. Take turns behind the wheel guiding each other around the off road obstacle course without knocking anything down!

Have you got nerves of steel to take the plunge from the Drop Zone Tower? Experience the buzz of adrenaline as you jump off a 30ft free fall platform. Don’t panic, your fall will be cushioned by a ‘Big Air Bag’, similar to that used by stunt artists in big action movies!

So what are you waiting for?! Go on, we dare you!

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

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