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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.

March 2015: Three Northern Ireland tourism businesses have been successful in the 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.  Find out more

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise's during August & September

01 August - 26 September, 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.

Fun at the Lough - Portaferry

Fun at the Lough - Portaferry

01 August - 30 August, Co Down

Fantastic free events in Portaferry every weekend in August!

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"!

Copeland Island Boat Tour

Copeland Island Boat Tour

29 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.

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.

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.

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.

Go Wild with the Rangers, Downhill Demesne

Go Wild with the Rangers, Downhill Demesne

21 August, Co Londonderry

Fun at Downhill Demesne

Family around the campfire  Credit rspb-images com

The Big Wild Sleepout

08 August, Co Tyrone

Share nature’s home for the night at The Big Wild Sleepout! Get close to nature with the RSPB on a camping trip like no other.

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.

**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.

Crom Cot Trips

Crom Cot Trips

24 August, Co Fermanagh

Cruise around the Lough in Crom's 100 year old traditional craft. Weather Dependant.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

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.

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.

A Story of Fire and Ice

A Story of Fire and Ice

18 August, Co Armagh

Join us in an adventure through time with geologist Kirsten Lemon.

discover Derrymore - go wild in the Ring of Gullion

Discover Derrymore - Go Wild in the Ring of Gullion

13 August, Co Armagh

Minibeasts, wiggly worms and creepy crawlies, citizen science in action

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.

**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.

Castlerock Community Association Walkfest

Castlerock Community Association Walkfest

05 September, Co Londonderry

Come and enjoy the scenic beauty of Castlerock and Binevenagh. Guided walks for all – tots to tottering hill walks, historical and family walks, conservation walks with National Trust Guide.

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.

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.

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.

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

19 August, Co Down

Tour the beautifully restored Walled Garden.

Free Family Fun Day

Free Family Fun Day

15 August, Co Down

Come along and join in the summer fun with free Fishy Crafts, Balloon Modellers and Party Animals NI with their mini zoo.

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne in August

09 August - 23 August, Co Londonderry

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens! Stunning location for concerts!

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.

Kids Nature Trail - August

Kids Nature Trail - August

19 August, Co Down

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

Kids “Sea-Creatures” Nature Trail

Kids “Sea-Creatures” Nature Trail

12 August, Co Down

Join local naturalist “Woody” on a beachcombing adventure

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

03 October - 04 October, Co Down

Celebrate the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" at Mount Stewart's Autumn Fair.

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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