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Sustainable Tourism

Discover Northern Ireland the green way. Find ideas for car-free days out, great green places to stay and how to get around Northern Ireland sustainably. There are also tips on how to 'green your holiday' in our Green Travel Code.

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Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 25th July 2015

25 July, Co Fermanagh

Popular dinner cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne with live commentary and music followed by a 3 course dinner in our private Regatta Suite at the 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen overlooking the Lough.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 18th July 2015

18 July, Co Fermanagh

Popular dinner cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne with live commentary and music followed by a 3 course dinner in our private Regatta Suite at the 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen overlooking the Lough.

Waggie Races - Montalto Estate 5k

Waggy Races - Montalto Estate 5k

11 October, Co Down

The Waggy Race course is around 5km and set in a beautiful location surrounded by scenic gardens, fields and woodlands of the 400 acre Montalto Estate.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 11th July 2015

11 July, Co Fermanagh

Popular dinner cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne with live commentary and music followed by a 3 course dinner in our private Regatta Suite at the 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen overlooking the Lough.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 4th July

04 July, Co Fermanagh

Popular dinner cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne with live commentary and music followed by a 3 course dinner in our private Regatta Suite at the 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen overlooking the Lough

Allotments and Art Open Day

Allotments and Art Open Day

15 August, Co Down

A combination of Arts and Crafts fair and a chance to learn about allotments - and maybe even take to the "good life"!

Glorious Gardens of the Ards Peninsula Coach Tour

Glorious Gardens of the Ards Peninsula Coach Tour

04 July, Co Down

Experience the horticultural delights of some of the Peninsula's famous gardens, including Mount Stewart, Greyabbey House, and the Physic Garden.

Aquaholics

Aquaholics

25 July, Co Antrim

There is no better way to discover the delights of the North Coast of Ireland than from the sea. Join us on one of our fantastic Sea Safaris and see for yourself one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world!

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Autumn Days - Extending the Season

26 September, Co Antrim

Join us for an afternoon to not only learn about the plants but also to experience how to use and treat them in the garden to maximise the autumn effect.

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

08 August, Co Fermanagh

Jump on board one of the Geopark Land Rovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain.

Going Batty - Geopark Bat Detectives

Going Batty - Geopark Bat Detectives

21 August, Co Fermanagh

Join staff from the Northern Ireland Bat Group and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment.

Bog Day Celebration at Cuilcagh Mountain Park

Bog Day Celebration at Cuilcagh Mountain Park

25 July, Co Fermanagh

Join us in Cuilcagh Mountain Park to find out a bit more about the fascinating bog habitats that dominate the Geopark.

Copeland Island Boat Tour

Copeland Island Boat Tour 19th July

19 July, Co Down

Departing from picturesque Donaghadee harbour, your trip to Copeland Island will be enhanced by tales of those who have travelled across this small stretch of water over the centuries.

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Flower Arranging from the Garden

15 August, Co Antrim

Many plants can be grown in the garden that can be used for more sustainable flower arranging. It will involve a demonstration on using these plants in a flower arrangement with tips on how to ensure the plants are prepared.

Ballynahinch Living & Harvest Fayre

Ballynahinch Living & Harvest Fayre

26 September - 27 September, Co Down

Ballynahinch Harvest and Country Living Festival
Montalto Estate Saturday 26 September 2015.

Rocky Ramble on Gortmaconnell Rock

Rocky Ramble on Gortmaconnell Rock

12 September, Co Fermanagh

Why not come along and explore the fascinating and unique landscape of Gortmaconnell townland on Cuilcagh Mountain. Discover more about how the landscape has been shaped, the rocks beneath your feet and the many unique plants and animals that live here.

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

04 July, Co Fermanagh

Jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain.

Kite Festival Downhill Demesne

Kite Festival Downhill Demesne

02 August, Co Londonderry

Back for 2015 and bigger and better than ever. An afternoon of high flying fun for all the family on this stunning coastal estate.

Kids “Sea-Creatures” Nature Trail

Kids “Sea-Creatures” Nature Trail

12 August, Co Down

Join local naturalist “Woody” on a beachcombing adventure

For Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count

25 July, Belfast

In the summer months the RSPB’s Portmore Lough reserve outside Aghalee, is all-a-flutter with beautiful butterflies.

Kids Nature Trail

Kids Nature Trail - July

25 July, Co Down

Join this fascinating interactive nature trail led by Patrick Cregg from the Woodland Trust and bird expert Dot Blakely

Working Vintage Festival

Working Vintage Festival

07 August - 08 August, Co Down

A date for your diary - highlight of the year for those interested in vintage tractors and farm machinery.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

Bug Detectives

Bug Detectives

12 August, Co Down

Join in as we get out our magnifying glasses and discover a whole world of bugs and beasties at Mount Stewart.

25th Anniversary at the Ark Open Farm

25th Anniversary at the Ark Open Farm

10 August, Co Down

Join in the Family Fun Day to celebrate the Ark Open Farm's 25th Anniversary.

Copeland Island Boat Tour

Copeland Island Boat Tour

16 August, Co Down

Departing from picturesque Donaghadee harbour, your trip to Copeland Island will be enhanced by tales of those who have travelled across this small stretch of water over the centuries.

Focus on Runkerry

Focus on Runkerry

25 July, Co Antrim

Focus on Runkerry

Wildlife Trackers

Wildlife Trackers

19 August, Co Down

Explore the many habitats to be found around the grounds of Mount Stewart. Through games and interactive activities we will learn tracking skills and how to look for telltale signs of wildlife. You may even spot some red squirrels.

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

19 August, Co Down

Tour the beautifully restored Walled Garden.

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - July

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - July

15 July, Co Down

Tour the beautifully restored Walled Garden.

Red Squirrel Day

Red Squirrel Day

26 September, Co Down

Join us for a guided walk around the Red Squirrel Trail at Mount Stewart and learn all about the work of the Trust to save these endangered animals.

Painted lady butterfly  Grahame Madge rspb-images com

Big Butterfly Count

25 July, Co Armagh

In the summer months the RSPB’s Portmore Lough reserve outside Aghalee, County Antrim is all-a-flutter with beautiful butterflies.

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

23 August, Co Down

Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and experience the serenity of a trip around the beautiful and mystical Strangford Lough.

Butterfly Safari - Portstewart Strand

Butterfly Safari - Portstewart Strand

12 July, Co Londonderry

Great for kids – it’s the season of butterflies and moths. Join our rangers on the hunt to catch and identify the dunes fluttering residents.

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

09 August, Co Down

Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and experience the serenity of a trip around the beautiful and mystical Strangford Lough.

Bee orchid at Belfast WOW

Summer Stroll

18 July - 19 July, Belfast

Join warden Chris Sturgeon to explore Belfast’s Window on Wildlife as summer is in full bloom.

Rockpool Extravaganza

Rockpool Extravaganza

25 July, Co Down

Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at the magical Kearney Village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools.

Step Back In Time

Step Back In Time

03 August, Co Down

Gain an insight into the history of the Ward Family who built Bangor Castle in 1852.

Aquaholics

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

25 July, Co Antrim

There is no better way to discover the delights of the North Coast of Ireland than from the sea. Join us on one of our fantastic Sea Safaris and see for yourself one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world!

Step Back In Time

Step Back In Time

06 July, Co Down

Gain an insight into the history of the Ward Family who built Bangor Castle in 1852.

More Information

  • What is Sustainable Tourism?

    Sustainable tourism is tourism that takes account of environmental and social issues as well as economic factors.

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