Top Unusual Winter Activities
Never thought of stepping foot on a beach in winter? Or llama trekking right here in Northern Ireland?
Check them out and even try them out! What better way to get the pulse racing and forget about the cold. You don’t need big groups or lots of organisation, just wrap up warm and get set for some adventure.
Castle Ward Demesne, Strangford, Co Down
Castle Ward Demesne has become a real adventure playground with up to 21 miles of trails designed for walkers, off road cyclists and horse riders and meander through the picturesque parkland, forest and farmland on the shores of Strangford Lough. Bike hire is available from Clearsky Adventure Centre.
Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co Tyrone
Todds Leap has some of the most exciting, adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities on offer today, to guarantee you a Muddy Marvelous time! Tackle the toughest terrain imaginable on an Off-Road Driving Course - blindfold driving is also available for those with nerves of steel (which sees you totally dependent on your passangers in the back seat!), experience the buzz of a freefall jump in the exclusive Drop Zone, have a go at the latest craze with some bouncing, bumping Body Zorbing madness, and for the grand finale, strap yourself in for a high speed Hill Rally... it's electrifying!
Blokarting, Benone Beach, Limavady, Co Londonderry
Blokarting provides an exciting way to make the most of our splendid beaches, and there's no better time than the winter when they are a wee bit quieter. Due to the simple nature of control, most newcomers find they are zooming about in no time. Potentially you can blast along the beach at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, but when learning speeds of 15 - 20 mph are much more realistic. Blokart World offers lessons, and come and try sessions throughout the winter on a number of beaches including Benone, Tyrella, Murlough and Cranfield.
Segway NI - Titanic Tours, Belfast and Segway NI, Portadown
Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour you will ever experience, a Segway Tour of the Titanic Quarter is not to be missed. These two wheeled machines will add an excting element to the tour making this a truly unique and unforgettable experience. 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. Perfect to combine with a city break or just to explore a new side of Belfast.
Or why not get your adrenaline pumping and explore Craigavon Lakes like never before on a Segway. Take a tour on these two-wheeled self-balancing vehicles and test yourself on a skills course followed by an off-road challenge. Compete against others or your family and friends!
Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails and Pump Track, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone
Located on a private estate in the picturesque Clogher Valley, this unique trail centre caters for mountian bikers of all ages and abilities with a range of wide flowing blue trails and more technical red trails packed full of exciting trail features such as berms, log rides and rock drops. Also included is a pump track, an area specially designed for riders of all abilities to develop their skills. With a range of luxury accommodation on site, everyone from families to experienced mountain bikers will love Blessingbourne's welcoming atmosphere. After all the activity, head along to The Valley Hotel for some great grub.
Fly over land and water on a cushion of air and experience the thrill of controlled drifts, fast straights and hairpin bends on a purpose built track. Nerves of steel and a new set of driving skills are required to make the most of this exhilarating experience as you skim in and out of water hazards at high speed.
Llama Trekking, The Jungle NI, Moneymore
The Jungle NI is the first adventure activity centre to bring llama trekking to Northern Ireland. Prior to your journey, you will be introduced to your llama and given instructions as to how best to look after him/her before you wander the purpose-built trekking paths that are mapped and colour coded. Llamas are extremely good natured, placid animals who love human company and many people find this experience very theraputic.
Superdrive Motorsports Centre, Craigavon
Superdrive Motorsports Centre is a world of adrenaline and home to some of the fastest, most exciting outdoor karting and rally tracks in Northern Ireland, offering groups and individuals the opportunity to push their driving skills to the limit inside rear wheel drive, Group N rally cars and super fast outdoor karts. Junior rallying is also available for 13-17 year olds who can't wait to get behind the wheel!
Rally Storm, Omagh. High up on the extreme terrain of the Sperrin Mountains, learn how to drive around tight hairpins, fast straights, crests and medium corners. Rally Storm has a specifically designed and purpose-built gravel rally stage which replicates the surface of a forest stage without the danger of trees and ditches.
Troggs Surf School, White Rocks Cliffs & Caves
Learn something new and take a Stand Up Paddle boarding session. Get ready to take part in a fully structured two hour starter lesson where you will learn awareness of the ocean environment and the flat water paddle technique and skills to learn how to stand up.
Moonlit Paddle, Far and Wild, Foyle
Enjoy a double sea kayak experience in the shimmering moonlight on the fabulous Foyle, taking in nocturnal creatures, historic landscapes and culture. The full moon brings out great conditions for night paddling, creating the best visibility to see the nocturnal creatures and wildlife. Experience kayaking with all your senses on this unique and thrilling experience that will take paddling to a whole new dimension.
Skydiving, Wild Geese Skydive Centre, Garvagh
Experience the thrill of free fall and enjoy the freedom of the skies. In a tandem skydive you are securely attached to an experienced instructor who will give you a taste of what skydiving is all about. Freed from the responsibility, you can relax and enjoy the thrill and experience of skydiving. You and your instructor will exit the aircraft at 15,000 feet where you will freefall to 6,000 feet when the instructor opens the canopy and steers you both back to the ground, though your head may still be in the clouds!
Caving, Corralea Activity Centre, Co. Fermanagh
The cavelands of Fermanagh are unique in Northern Ireland with a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. The activity centre organises sporting caving trips into these caves that are ideal for beginners. Explore the depths of Fermanagh's underground passages, streams and formations by walking, crawling and swimming with a qualified leader.
Microlight Flying, Northern Ireland Microlights, Newtownards, Co. Down
Get the feeling of soaring across the sky like a bird on a microlight flight. Microlights are a small and light but very safe aircraft and you can enjoy either an introductory flight or book lessons with Northern Ireland Microlights, a training school which flies from Newtownards Airfield over some of the most interesting scenery.
Hilden bike ‘n’ brew, Belfast City Bike Tours, Belfast
Leave the city behind and take a cycle along quiet bike paths, meandering through Belfast’s University Quarter and onto the Lagan towpath before stopping at the Hilden Brewery near Lisburn. Here you will enjoy a 40 – 45 minute tour before sitting down for a light meal which often incorporates the brewery’s main asset – beer! Price includes bike tour, brewery tour, lunch and tasting.
Wilderness Adventure, Canoe Campsite, Blackwater Canoe Trail, Co. Armagh and Tyrone
The Blackwater Canoe Trail provides a trail of 20km for canoeing enthusiasts of any ability. The river lazily meanders through the beautiful countryside and now you can stop along the way at the newly launched Copney Campsite which is only accessible from the water. Located approximately half way along the trail it is the perfect overnight stop off on a two day trip along the trail.
For more Adventure activity ideas during the winter in Northern Ireland please visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/adventure