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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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Go Wild With The Rangers at Carrick-a-Rede

Go Wild With The Rangers at Carrick-a-Rede

29 July, Co Antrim

Join our rangers for a morning of fun and adventure. Go fossil hunting at Larrybane Quarry and cross the bridge for bird spotting on Carrick-a-Rede Island.
Booking Essential.

Go Wild with the Rangers

Go Wild with the Rangers

19 August, Co Londonderry

A morning of fun and adventure with our National Trust Rangers. We will help you complete some of your '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential.

Castle Espie Solar Day

Castle Espie Solar Day

07 August, Co Down

Join the Irish Astronomical Association and Emerald Garrison Star Wars Costuming Club as we bring together the facts and fantasies of our solar system.

Foraging For Food

Foraging For Food

01 October, Co Antrim

Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme are partnering Ulster Wildlife on this fantastic forage along the coast to discover the many plants you can eat.

Castle Espie Summer Gallery

Castle Espie Summer Gallery

02 July - 14 August, Co Down

The Castle Espie Gallery, Ireland's only environmental art-space , is open daily from 10am. View the stunning work of local artists Deborah Campbell, Chantalle and Andrew Coombes this summer.

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Castle Espie Nature Explorers

01 July - 31 August, Co Down

Discover fun-filled days throughout the school holidays when young explorers can try a variety of nature activities and collect stickers for their official Nature Explorers passport.

Dragons and Damsels Pond Dipping

Dragons and Damsels Pond Dipping

17 August, Co Armagh

Learn about what dwells beneath the surface of Slieve Gullion's Ponds. Try some simple science to see how healthy a pond is and investigate the courtyard pond and the mountain pond with its stunning dragons and damsels flying through the air.

Outdoor Explorers

Outdoor Explorers

26 August - 27 August, Co Down

This two day bush craft event is perfect for families looking for their first wildlife adventures. Our Rangers will show you how to safely build shelters, light camp fires, explore countryside and track some of our most mysterious animals.

Butterfly Safari

Butterfly Safari

13 August, Co Londonderry

Great for kids - It's the season of butterflies and moths. Do you know what a Cinnabar moth looks like?

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

31 July - 25 September, Co Down

Settle down on the lawn with family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in Mount Stewart's lovely gardens. Bring your picnic and enjoy the sounds of jazz in the beautiful setting of Mount Stewart, voted one of the ten top gardens in the world.

Stars In Your Skies - Ballintoy

Stars In Your Skies - Ballintoy

28 September, Co Antrim

Join the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society within the Causeway Coast of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a night under the stars.

Creatures of the Night Picnic

Creatures of the Night Picnic

10 August, Co Armagh

Why not join the Ring of Gullion team to find out what goes bump in the night in the area? The team are hosting a picnic with a difference.. There will be a chance to watch and listen for moths and bats and more at this brilliant venue for wildlife

Rock Pool Extravaganza

Rock Pool Extravaganza

13 August, Co Down

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

Serendipitous Music

Serendipitous Music

01 August - 05 August, Co Armagh

Take a walk round the Giant's Lair trail and keep your ears open for the magical sound of harps or fiddles. Is it the fairies or is it musicians from the Traditional Arts Partnership serenading you over lunch. Music as a serendipitous surprise.

Edible Geology Bus Tour

Edible Geology Bus Tour

16 August, Co Armagh

Join Geologist (and baker) Kirstin Lemon, on an introductory and edible geological bus tour around the key sites in the Ring of Gullion. It's an excellent opportunity to dip your toes in to a region shaped by ice and fire and eat some cake too.

Go Batty

05 August, Co Armagh

Help identify all eight of Northern Ireland’s bat species that live at Ardress House and make some
batty crafts to take home.

Newry City Library - For EHOD 2016

Newry City Library - For EHOD 2016

08 September, Co Down

From Pipe Dream to Prosperity, how the canal transformed Newry: A talk by Tony Canavan, Books Ireland.

Castle Espie Birdwatch Morning

Castle Espie Birdwatch Morning

28 July - 29 December, Co Down

As the seasons change, so does the birdlife at Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Join Dot Blakely for an informative birdwatch morning on the last Thursday of each month.

Bug Detectives

Bug Detective

20 July, Co Down

Join in as we get out the magnifying glasses and discover a whole world of bugs and beasties....just where could those little critters be hiding? This is a drop off activity for children ages 5 - 11 years. Booking is essential for this event.

Rowallane Garden - For EHOD 2016

Rowallane Garden - For EHOD 2016

10 September, Co Down

Rowallane Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Northern Ireland.

Kid's Mini-beasts Nature Trail - Killynether Wood

Kid's Mini-beasts Nature Trail - Killynether Wood

06 August, Co Down

Join local naturalist "Woody" for a creative exploration of Killynether Wood. Look out for the "mini-beasts" that make the parkland their home and find out about the flora and fauna. Meet at Killynether Car Park.

Coastal Foraging - Cushendall

Coastal Foraging - Cushendall

10 September, Co Antrim

Join Dermot Hughes who will be conducting a coastal foraging walk along the Cushendall coast.

Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop

03 August, Co Down

Get snap happy and take part in our Free photography workshop. Its a great opportunity to learn how to take wildlife and landscape shots and master your digital camera's features. Please bring a packed lunch.

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

11 June - 14 August, Co Down

Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life to enjoy the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife of Strangford Lough. See where St Patrick first came ashore, view landscapes used in Game of Thrones filming and hear tales of Viking raids

Waterways Ireland - For EHOD 2016

Waterways Ireland - For EHOD 2016

10 September - 11 September, Co Fermanagh

The Headquarters, for the North-South Body Waterways Ireland, will be open for guided tours of the Archive and the building.

Wildlife Trackers

Wildlife Trackers

17 August, Co Down

Explore the many habitats to be found around the grounds of Mount Stewart. Through games and interactive activities, learn tracking skills and how to look for tell-tale signs of wildlife.

Wildlife Trackers

Wildlife Trackers

27 July, 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.

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

27 August, Co Down

Enjoy the colours of the summer evening, take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and soak up the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife of Strangford Lough on this evening cruise.

Go Wild With The Rangers - White Park Bay

Go Wild With The Rangers - White Park Bay

05 August, Co Antrim

Go fossil hunting, paddle in the sea or hunt for bugs in the dunes.
Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for walking.
1.5 km walk from car-park to beach with some steps.

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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