6 adventurous ideas for embracing a giant spirit in Northern Ireland
You don’t have to travel far to get that adrenaline rush. There are tons of exciting adventures to be had just an hour from London.
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Take a bike ride around the Ballycastle Loop
This 35-mile circular route in County Antrim includes some of Northern Ireland’s most breathtaking sights. It connects the charming town of Ballycastle to the Giant’s Causeway via Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Ballintoy along the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route.
You’ll pass the sandy stretches of Whitepark Bay, the quaint fishing hamlet of Portbradden and the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. After you’ve admired the Giant’s Causeway enough, be sure to visit The Old Bushmills Distillery.
Back in Ballycastle, grab a well-earned fish and chips from Mortons or let Broughgammon Farm treat your taste buds.
Climb to the top of the Morne Mountains
The Mournes are Northern Ireland’s most spectacular mountain range. While the views from the top are epic, explore the foothills to fall even more in love. Take a gentle walk through a forest to breathe it in.
There is plenty to explore on the trails that crisscross the Morne Mountains. This magnificent ring of mountains has the highest peak at 853m, with all other peaks rising above 600m. The central Mournes offer unforgettable views across the Irish Sea, while the wider region is rich in wildlife.
Enjoy uncompromising water fun
Northern Ireland has a generous coastline formed by the ocean and a climate that allows for a plethora of rivers, streams and lakes. Wherever you go for water sports, you will see marinas, shipyards, canoe and kayak rental shops that will be happy to help you.
Travel back in time by boat to Devenish Island on Lough Erne, watch the famous tidal race at Portaferry or paddle along the Causeway Coast in a kayak. The world is your shell!
Did you know that in Northern Ireland you can take a taxi to the island? Get on one of the Erne water taxichauffeured boats to see the fantastic Lough Erne your way!
Go wild in the forest of Davagh des Sperrins
Tucked away well off the beaten path in the Sperrin Mountains, these pocket rocket bike trails will get your heart racing and giving you a few bumps. Beginners are encouraged to practice on Davagh’s green and blue trails. There’s a single-track red loop for intermediate riders, while experts will have fun enjoying the rush on the black trail with huge boulders and other stunning features.
Walk along the edge at Les Gobbins
It was Edwardian engineering genius Berkeley Deane Wise who tamed the rugged beauty of Islandmagee and married it to the growing rail system. to create one of the most impressive attractions in the country, The Gobbins. This breathtaking cliffside path winds through a portal in the rock and over a walkway above the ever-changing waters of the sea.
Enter a thrilling world, where tube bridges will carry you over the crashing waves of the Northern Passage to gaping caves and sheer cliffs. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the seals, dolphins and porpoises that hunt these waters!
Windsurfing in Portstewart
Once there, you will see for yourself why the area is so popular with windsurfers. Portstewart is Northern Ireland’s longest beach, with miles of soft sand, a steady wave and plenty of room to maneuver away from bathers.
Troggs Surf School in Portrush is your go-to place for gear and advice. Know that the moment you are on the wave, there is no way you want to get back down before the sun goes down.
Northern Ireland isn’t just a stone’s throw away – it’s packed with hidden gems and cinematic locations as well as discoveries big and small, even for seasoned travellers. Book your next thrilling adventure now!