Posted on March 7, 2014 @ 2:48 PM in
On 5th and 6th April Northern Ireland is being transformed into an action packed adventureland. With outdoor events for just £10 and a massive 50% Off normal prices there has never been a better time to start scoring a few things off your bucket list! Here are our top ten things you have to try in Northern Ireland’s great outdoors:
1. Travel in Style on a Hovercraft
Hov a Go, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Limavady, Co. Dery~Londonderry
Experience the thrill of skimming over land and water on your very own hovercraft. Attempting the challenge of tricky corners on a purpose built course and make sure to watch out for those water hazards!
2. Go Against the Flow on a Wet Bouldering Session
Wet Bouldering, Outdoor Concepts, Newcastle, Co. Down
Wet bouldering is all about the water – make your way up a river, jump into pools and climb up waterfalls on this wet and wild experience.
3. Be Your Own Stunt Man
Adrenaline Playzone, Todds Leap Activity Centre, Co. Tyrone
Release your inner Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Angela Jolie and experience pulsating action on Todds Leap's most extreme outdoor activities – take a giant leap of faith from their 30ft Drop Zone, zoom down a 500 metre zip line and finish with a white knuckle, high speed hill rally!
4. Burn Some Rubber During a Rally Experience
RWD Rally Experience, Superdrive NI, Portadown, Co. Armagh
It’s time to get fast and furious! Take to the wheel and learn to drift and make handbrake turns round hairpin bends in an awesome RWD Ford Focus or the legendary MII Escort.
5. Swing from the Trees on a Tree Top Adventure Course
Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course, Jungle NI, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Are you brave enough to tackle the unique obstacle course set in the canopy of The Jungle's forest? Made up of over 40 exciting elements set at varying heights above the ground, some up to 70 feet high, this is sure to be an experience you'll never forget.
6. Ride the Waves of the Irish Sea
Surfing Sessions, Portrush, North Coast
The North Coast has some of the best surf going, don’t let it go to waste! Grab a surf board and learn from expert instructors how to become ‘totally awesome’ on the waves.
7. Zoom Along the Coastline on a Sea Safari
North Coast & Giant’s Causeway Sea Safari, Aquaholics, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Zoom across the waters on a speed boat à la James Bond and see the fabulous coastline including the Giant’s Causeway from a whole new perspective.
8. Reach New Heights Rock Climbing
Intro to Rock Climbing, Xplore Outdoors, Ramore Head, North Coast
The impressive cliffs at Ramore Head are definitely a sight of beauty, learn to climb them and the view will be even more mesmerising from the top!
9. Discover Uninhabited Islands by Sea Kayak
Sea Kayak Safari on Strangford Lough, Mobile Team Adventure, Strangford, Co. Down
Learn to sea kayak and explore the stunning Strangford Lough where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the astonishing scenery, abundance of marine creatures, beautiful wildlife and many islands in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
10. Be at One with Nature Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding River Trail, Long Line Water Trails, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP), an ancient form of surfing (with a paddle), is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage involving standing up on a large board and using a long paddle. A unique, chilled out and super fun activity the idyllic River Roe is the perfect setting to try it out.
With such great offers, events are sure to sell out fast. Visit the Northern Ireland Adventureland Page for a full list of Adventureland activities and to book online today.
With so many great outdoor activities to try over Nothern Ireland Adventureland Weekend, it makes sense to build a short break around the fun! Make sure to check out the Discover Northern Ireland for deals on great value short breaks.
Posted on February 9, 2014 @ 6:20 PM in
Be original this Valentine’s Day and do something completely different! There are loads of great romantic adventures to be had throughout Northern Ireland for you and your partner to enjoy on the most loved up day of the year.
Here are just a few unique ways to spend this February 14th:
1. Valentine’s Day Canoedle Couples Retreat, Mobile Team Adventure, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, 13th, 14th & 15th February
Take a romantic and relaxing paddle on the picturesque River Lagan from Shaw's Bridge. All equipment will be provided and instruction given at the start of the session before you paddle off together for some alone time on the water with a little romantic hamper for you both to enjoy. At only £39 per couple this is a great way to do something different without breaking the bank.
2. Love Bug, Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 14th February
Glide off into the forest together on segways, play at being Tarzan and Jane on the tree top adventure course, or take aim (not at each other!) on a clay pigeon shooting session. All couples will also receive a free bottle of bubbly, bag of marsh mallows to use in the BBQ hut and a choice of either a romantic boat ride or gentle stroll with a lovely llama – it’s sure to be unforgettable!
3. Couples DIY adventure rental, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down, 14th, 15th & 16th February
Take adventure of this couples canoe rental offer and spend some time together paddling on Castlewellan lake or take it up a gear and hire mountain bikes to hit the trails. Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be included to sweeten up your session.
4. Valentine’s Full Moon Paddle, Far and Wild, River Roe/Mussenden, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 14th February
Moonlight always makes for a special time in the outdoors- making it the perfect time for a romantic night time paddle. Overseen by your guides you will share a kayak and float gently down the River Roe under the mighty Binevenagh mountain and starry sky.
5. Love on the Lough, Share Discovery Village, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, 14th February
Enjoy a romantic paddle around Enniskillen together and release a Chinese lantern into the skies as you sip complimentary “bubbly” under the full moon whilst taking in views of the town at dusk.
6. Take the Leap for Love, Wild Geese Skydiving Centre, Garvagh, Co. Derry/Londonderry, 15th February
Boycott the traditional Valentine's gift and opt for something much more imaginative this year by jumping out of an airplane at 15,000ft! Take the plunge with your loved one, get your blood pumping and your heart racing; there is plenty at Skydive Wild Geese to fulfill your desires...
Surfing is a great sport to try together and with these fantastic offers Valentines is the perfect time to hit the waves.
7. 1/3 off Couples Surfing Sessions, Long Line Surf School, Benone Beach, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 14th, 15th & 16th February
Long Line have gotten into the Valentine's spirit and are offering a third off their couples surfing lesson (£40 for two people, normally £60). Learn all the basic skills needed to paddle, pop up and surf the waves right to the 7 mile stretch of sandy shore.
8. Romantic Surfing Getaway, Alive Surf School, Portrush West Strand, Co. Antrim, 15th February
Enjoy a morning or afternoon surf session and for extra brownie points turn it into a weekend break on the North Coast. A stroll along the beach, a beautiful meal and somewhere to get away for the night the guys at Alive will be happy to help organise your romantic getaway so you can impress your other half without the stress.
9. Valentines Surf & Treatment, Troggs Surf School, Portrush East Strand, Co. Antrim, 15th & 16th February
The perfect combination of action and relaxation; enjoy a surf lesson before indulging in a 30 minute treatment at Aura Skin Care Centre. Choose between a pedicure, mini facial, salt scrub or back massage which will be just what you need after some fun on the water.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Posted on February 5, 2014 @ 5:12 PM in
With Valentine’s Day just over a week away it’s time to think beyond the clichéd gifts and surprise your other half with something a bit different. Chocolates will get eaten; champagne will be drunk but the memory and laughs of doing something together is sure to last a lot longer. Whether you are a thrill-seeking couple or simply looking to do something different together an OutdoorNI.com Gift Experience is the perfect Valentine’s Day present and with all vouchers valid for ten months, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the only day you enjoy a little romance.
Gift Vouchers are posted first class delivery the next day but if you’ve left it to the last minute don’t panic you will receive an e-voucher which you can print as soon as you have purchased your voucher online with the hard copy to follow in the post.
Here are just a few of our top Valentine’s Gifts for Two that are sure to get you some brownie points:
Segway Beach Tour, Segway Express, Benone Beach, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Enjoy a Segway tour around the beautiful surroundings of the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demense or take a glide down Benone Strand beach before heading back home across the boardwalks. A unique activity in a romantic setting!
Couples Pod Camping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down
A minibreak with a difference spend the night under the stars in quirky camping pods. With bike hire included it will then be time to hit the trails at Castle Ward, the fun doesn’t stop there however as the voucher also includes an archery or canoeing session.
Rathlin Island Sea Tour for Two, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Enjoy a fantastic boat tour around the fabulous North Coast and Rathlin Island as you take in the sights from the sea including the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the historic Dunluce Castle and much more!
Adventure for Two, Four Elements Adventure, Tyrone & Fermanagh
Experience 3 hours of adventure together! You’ll get to choose between a private session of kayaking, canoeing, gorgewalking, coasteering, bushcraft, surfing, rock climbing, orienteering, archery or hill walking. With no need to choose your activity until booking you won’t run the risk of getting it wrong!
Coasteering for Couples, Ardclinis, North Coast
Not for the faint hearted this is one experience they’ll never forget! A cliff jumping, sea swimming and rock scrambling session that is guaranteed not to be boring.
Sunset Sail, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
The perfect way to see the Causeway coast in all its glory. Sit back, relax and enjoy a complementary glass of wine as you watch the sun set from your very own yacht – it doesn’t get much more romantic than this…
Couples Adventure Blast, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
With the opportunity to choose between a 1.5 hour session of canoeing, kayaking, archery or rock climbing you are sure to have an adventure that you will both love.
Sea Kayaking for Couples, Simply Sea Kayak, North Coast
Take a romantic trip along the coast in a single sea kayak or cruise down the River Bann as a couple in tandem. This Intro to Sea Kayak session is sure to give you a great taste for what this ever popular activity is all about! After a short skills session in sheltered waters you will embark on a short journey sampling the delights the North coast has to offer.
Try a Dive in the Sea for Two, Aquaholics, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry
You don’t have to go on a romantic holiday to Mauritius to experience scuba diving.This three hour session includes a safety briefing and instruction from a fully qualified PADI instructor and is sure to be one experience you will never forget!
High Tea at Sea, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, Co. Down
An afternoon tea with a difference. See the sights of Strangford Lough onboard the Strangford Sea Safari’s speed boat before stopping at a beautiful spot to enjoy tea and homemade scones!
Posted on January 15, 2014 @ 12:22 PM in
Awards season has officially started, no we’re not talking about the Golden Globes, the winners have been announced for the 2013 OutdoorNI.com Awards in association with Surf Mountain! With 1500 votes cast by the public on OutdoorNI.com’s Facebook Page, the awards were the biggest and best yet with the nominees battling it out throughout December to win the coveted titles. We are now pleased to announce that the wait is finally over and without further ado we give you your 2013 OutdoorNI.com Award winners.
Best Coastal Experience –Activity Provider offering the best outdoor activity exploring the Northern Ireland Coastline
Kids Big Day Out, Long Line Surf School
The Kids Big Day Out is an initiative which allows kids to spend a whole day on the beach with trained surf instructors and life guards. From surf lessons to swimming, and beach games to treasure trails the kids experience beach culture whilst getting outdoors and active. On receiving the award, owner Dan Lavery explained why he thinks his event has the winning formula, “The ethos behind the surf school and the Kids Big Days Out is all about encouraging young ones to experience surfing as a lifestyle rather than just a sport. By incorporating fun and education through games and exercise on the shores as well as the water the kids got to make the most of this fantastic beach we have at Benone and I believe this is what keeps them coming back for more”.
Make sure to keep an eye on Long Line’s events calendar for the next Kids Big Day Out.
Best Charity Challenge Event - The best charity challenge event in Northern Ireland’s outdoors in 2013
Life Style Sports Run in the Dark
Popular charity event, Run in the Dark which is held simultaneously in 5 locations throughout Ireland and the UK won the ‘Best Charity Challenge Event’ for their Belfast event. Primarily a fundraising event for the Mark Pollock Trust numerous other charities also used the event as a vehicle to raise much needed funds for their own worthy causes. Event organiser, Patrick Brown from Tughans commented, “To win the Best Charity Challenge Event award is such a fantastic achievement for us and for the event which is now in its 3rd year. We were up against some very well known events, all for worthy causes, so it’s great to have Life Style Sports Run in the Dark recognised by the public as being the best charity challenge event in Northern Ireland”.
For more information and details of how to sign up to the 2014 event visit www.runinthedark.org
Best Family Activity Provider - The activity provider offering the best family experience
Alive Surf School
This popular category created some stiff competition for Alive Surf School but they were still able to rise to the top to win the award for the third consecutive year. When asked about the secrets behind the success of Alive Surf School, founder Ricky Martin explained, “The surf school originated from a love of surfing so to me and my team its not just about running a business but it’s about introducing others to the world of surfing in a fun and passionate atmosphere with the aim of getting more and more people hooked to the sport”
With lessons available for all ages from 5 years old get your family together and hit the waves with Alive Surf School.
Best Unique Outdoor Experience - The most unique outdoor experience in Northern Ireland's outdoors in 2013
Segway NI Titanic Tours
Fresh from winning Best Newcomer in last years awards, Segway NI continued their success by scooping the Best Unique Outdoor Experience award for their newly launched Segway Titanic Tours. On receiving the award owner of SegwayNI Wesley Jameson commented, “Our Segway Titanic tours offer visitors a way to see all the key sites where the famous Titanic was built but in a completely unique way onboard their very own two wheeled gliding machine and we believe it is this element that provides an exciting aspect to the tour making it an unforgettable experience”.
Click here for details of how you can experience the Segway NI Titanic Tour first hand
Best Thrillseeking Provider - The activity provider offering the best thrill seeking experience for over 16’s
With multi activity centre Todds Leap receiving just under a third of all votes, owner Benny Hanlon expressed his delight by commenting, “To win the Best Thrill Seeking Provider award is such a fantastic achievement for me and my team especially when you consider the three other providers that we were up against. Todds leap is Ireland’s number one activity centre with over twenty five thrilling activities and thanks to over 25,000 visitors last year we thrive to keep it there. Many thanks to all who voted for us”.
Click here to find out how you can get your adrenaline pumping on a day out at Todds Leap. You can also check out our blog ‘OutdoorNI does Motorsports Madness’ for a first hand account.
Best Glamping Experience - The best place to experience Glamping in Northern Ireland in 2013
Castle Ward Camping Pods, National Trust
With the new craze of ‘Glamping' or glamorous camping sweeping Northern Ireland we had to have this new category for 2014. Jacqueline Baird from the National Trust explained why she believed the pods have been so popular “Our glamping pods not only offer visitors a unique way to spend a night or short break but also allow those who stay in them to have an unforgettable experience in the great outdoors, without having to give up all of their home comforts!”.
Click here for details of how you can spend a unique night away in the stunning Castle Ward 820 acre and experience the fantastic outdoor activities on offer.
Best Challenge Event - The best mass participant challenge event in Northern Ireland’s outdoors in 2013
Mourne Way Marathon, 26 Extreme
The Mourne Way Marathon takes place annually in June with participants able to choose from a 10k right up to a grueling 52 mile ultra marathon all set within the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On wining the award Ian Cummings from 26 Extreme expressed his delight by commenting, “To win the Best Challenge Event award is such a fantastic achievement for us and for the event which is now in its 6th year. We believe that a combination of aspects set our event apart such as offering a variety of race distances, a dedicated support team on the day and simply unparalleled scenery here in the Mourne Mountains.”
For more information and details of how to sign up to the 2014 event visit the 26 Extreme Website.
Most Popular Outdoor Recreation Trail - The best DIY outdoor activity trail in Northern Ireland
Lough Erne Canoe Trail
Situated in Fermanagh’s famous lakelands the 50 kilometre Canoe Trail spanning both Upper and Lower Lough Erne triumphed as the best Do It Yourself activity trail in NI. Chris Scott from Outdoor Recreation NI, the organisation behind the development of the trail commented, “We believe the success of the trail lies in it’s ability to suit such a wide range of skill levels. Parts of the trail are ideal for families or those embarking on their first canoe trip and at the other end of the spectrum; certain areas can be challenging and are best left to the experts.”
Click here to find out how you can get paddling on the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. You can also check out the blog ‘Lough Erne Canoe Trail What an Adventure’ for a first hand account.
The sponsor of the awards, Surf Mountain founder Nick Stevenson also had a few words to say, “We at Surf Mountain have always prided ourselves on being from Northern Ireland. All our staff our outdoor enthusiasts and so we were delighted to have the opportunity to support local events, progressive outdoor providers and venues such as the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. All the category winners and indeed nominees should be incredibly proud of their achievements this year.”
OutdoorNI.com would like to extend a massive congratulations to everyone who won and a big thank you to all those who took the time to vote.
Posted on December 12, 2013 @ 3:09 PM in
Just like Rudolph and his shiny red nose OutdoorNI.com is here to guide you through your Christmas conundrums. If you’re stressing about what to get your loved one for Christmas or are stuck on what to get your friends or extended family then a couples activity gift experience is the answer!
With over 30 couples gift vouchers to choose from you’ll have double the Christmas presents sorted in no time! Give that couple who has everything the chance to experience something completely different or buy a couples voucher for your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend and enjoy the experience with them.
To make finding the perfect present even easier we have put together some of our favourites:
Segway Titanic Tour, Segway NI Titanic Tour, Belfast
Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour, guided by a Segway NI instructor, you will visit all the key sites of the famous ship's history, including the Titanic Dock and Pump House all on your very own Segway!
Learn to Surf for Two, Long Line Surf School, Benone Beach, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Learn all the basic skills needed to paddle, pop up and surf the waves right to the shore. Your lesson will take place at Long Line Surf School based on 7 miles of sandy shore at Benone Beach where your expert instructor will coach you both from the very beginning and show you all the skills you need to ride a wave.
Couples Adventure Session, Life Adventure, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Give them the gift of choice, a 3 hour session where they get to choose their adventure. With a range of adrenaline pumping activities on offer including wet bouldering, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking the only problem they’ll have is deciding which one to do!
Coasteering for Couples, Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure, North Coast, Co. Antrim
Not for the faint hearted this is one experience they’ll never forget! A cliff jumping, sea swimming and rock scrambling session that is guaranteed not to be boring.
Sunset Sail, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
A fantastic way to see the Causeway coast in all its glory. Sit back, relax and enjoy a complementary glass of wine as you watch the sun set from your very own yacht – it doesn’t get much more romantic than this…
Glamping Adventure, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down
A minibreak with a difference spend the night under the stars in quirky camping pods. With bike hire included it will then be time to hit the trails at Castle Ward, the fun doesn’t stop there however as the voucher also includes an archery or canoeing session – it’s quite literally the gift that keeps on giving!
Learn to Canoe for Two, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
They’ll enjoy an adventurous morning or afternoon's paddle along the beautiful River Roe with Binevenagh as a back drop. Instructors will be on hand throughout and all equipment will be provided so all they need to worry about is turning up and have a great time together.
Game of Thrones Archery Experience, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Co. Down
The ultimate gift for any Game of Thrones fans, they’ll get the chance to step into Winterfell and be like Jon Snow and Ygritte as they have a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed!
Try a Dive for Two, Aquaholics, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Experience a dive in the sea together taken by a fully qualified PADI instructor on the beautiful North Coast - Christmas presents don’t get much more exciting than this!
Exhilaration Experience – Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Outdoor Concepts, Mourne Mountains
It's all about adrenaline on this full adventure day of abseiling and rock climbing. Get the chance to belay and learn new skills before whizzing down the vertical rock face in the stunning Mourne Mountains.
Adventure for Two, Four Elements, Co. Tyrone & Co. Fermanagh
Give the gift of choice this Christmas with a 3 hour private session of either kayaking, canoeing, gorgewalking, coasteering, bushcraft, surfing, rock climbing, orienteering, archery or hill walking. They’ll have the freedom to choose their own adventure with this private activity session for two.
Visit OutdoorNI.com for even more gift experiences for couples.