The rugged Northern Irish coast takes a real battering from the sea and the winds. Now, there are those who might see that as a problem or at least a challenge for the holiday maker but travellers with a bit of steel and a sense of adventure know Northern Ireland as a wet and windswept haven for all things wild and adventurous on land, in the water and in the air.
In the drink
It’s not surfing but it’s not, not surfing. Confused? It’s stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and you can do it along one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world – the Causeway Coast. Anyone over the age of twelve can have ago but be warned it’s totally addictive.
Beginners should head to Portballintrae Harbour. Lessons given by fully qualified instructors take place Wednesday to Sunday in July 2011 starting 9.00am. For Booking and further details see: http://standuppaddlesurf.co.uk/
If you love the water but retain hopes that you might just stay dry how about giving sailing a go?
Back on land
Put mind and body to work on a treasure trail that’s suitable for all ages. It’s a real team building experience for your own family that gives everyone to pull together and each the chance to shine.
The Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea just as described in the famous folk song. The unique geography of the location allows you to explore the mountains hill walking or mountain biking in the morning and then fish or pony trek on blue flag beaches in the afternoon. No snow is required to enjoy speeding down these slopes, boarding enthusiasts can sample Northern Ireland’s only mountain boarding centre at Surfin Dirt.
Rock climbing, bouldering and an abseiling are all popular pursuits in the area. When it all gets too much enjoy a round of golf at Kilkeel or Warrenpoint, just don’t get distracted by the stunning mountain and coastal scenery. An ideal place to spend a weekend but be warned you’ll need a month to sample every activity.
In the air
If you got the adrenaline bug and want to try something truly exhilarating then get high. Head to Cloud Surfer and meet one of the many highly trained and fully qualified instructors who insist that paragliding will change your life. You’ll begin with tandem flights, that is strapped to your instructor and progress to your first solo soaring all in one taster day costing £120.
Take control or take it easy. Whichever you choose you will undoubtedly be taking in the most glorious sights Northern Ireland has to offer if you. Aero heli offers everything from trial lessons where you get to take control of an aircraft under close supervision of one of their highly accredited and qualified instructors to just sitting back and relaxing on a charter flight.
Visiting Northern Ireland? Book a cheap ferry to Northern Ireland via this website.