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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

16 May, 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.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Father's Day and Summer Solstice Sea Safari Trips

21 June, Co Down

Everyone loves the sightseeing tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Strangford Sea Safari Seal Pup Special SSS (7 June)

07 June, Co Down

Everyone loves the sightseeing tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Brunch on a Boat Trip (28 June)

28 June, Co Down

Spoil yourselves with this unusual weekend treat! Skip the hussle and bussle of breakfast and make your way to the Strangford Sea Safari, where you will be woken up by the wind in your hair as you travel around the lough seeing the beautiful ...

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.

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!

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!

Sunset Kayaking for Beginners

Island Hopper Day Trip (19 July)

19 July, Co Down

See the stunning sights on an island hopping kayaking tour of Strangford Lough.

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Garden Show Ireland

08 May - 10 May, Co Antrim

Antrim Castle Garden’s will be filled with colour from 8th - 10th May 2015 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.

Focus on Runkerry

Focus on Runkerry

25 July, Co Antrim

Focus on Runkerry

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Brunch on a Boat Trip (31 May)

31 May, Co Down

Spoil yourselves with this unusual weekend treat! Skip the hussle and
bussle of breakfast and make your way to the Strangford Sea Safari,
where you will be woken up by the wind in your hair as you travel around
the lough seeing the beautiful ...

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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.

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.

Strangford Lough Pirate Tour with Captain Codfish

Strangford Lough Pirate Tour with Captain Codfish

12 July, Co Down

Avast ye young pirates! Join Captain Codfish's motley crew to search Strangford Lough for treasured tales of pirates from bygone years!

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

02 August, 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!

Copeland Island Boat Tour

Copeland Island Boat Tour

13 June, 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.

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.

Carnfunnock Country Park

Beefriendly at Carnfunnock Country Park

30 May, Co Antrim

Did you know that bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops? Join the East Antrim Bee Keeping Association at Carnfunnock Country Park for a talk on helpful bees and bee friendly flowers to plant in your garden.

Aquaholics

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

04 June, 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!

Sunset Kayaking for Beginners

Island Hopper Day Trip (16 August)

16 August, Co Down

See the stunning sights on an island hopping kayaking tour of Strangford Lough.

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.

Sunset Kayaking for Beginners

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower- Paddle Power

06 May, Co Down

The Eta Aquarids meteor tends to peak around May 6. The shower is named after the brightest star of the constellation, Eta Aquarii.

Orchid Walk - Portstewart Strand

Orchid Walk - Portstewart Strand

21 June, Co Londonderry

Our amazing sand dune system is host to a range of orchids, including bee and pyramidal orchids, which can be seen growing in their natural habitat.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Strangford Sea Safari (28 June)

28 June, Co Down

Everyone loves the sightseeing tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife.

Exploring the Cliffs of Magho

Exploring the Cliffs of Magho

24 May, Co Fermanagh

Come along and join Geopark staff for a guided walk along the newly refurbished Magho Cliffs pathway leading from the shore road to the Magho Viewpoint.

Daffodil Danders (28 & 29 March)

Ranger Round-Up (19 July)

19 July, Co Londonderry

Join Rudy-Ranger on an all-weather exploration of Springhill. Make mud
pies, set up a snail race, find a mini-beast, explore our natural play
trail and toast marshmallows on the campfire.

Rose Week

Rose Week

14 July - 19 July, Belfast

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, is amongst the best in the world. From July to September over 45,000 roses are in bloom. A full programme of events takes place in the park during Rose Week including music and a...

Wildlife Trackers

Wildlife Trackers

29 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.

**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.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Full Moon Twilight Boat Trip on Strangford Lough (29 August)

29 August, Co Down

Enjoy the tranquility of Strangford Lough at twilight, a full moon rising over the water to set off the beautiful scenery of the area. Visit the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, Seal colonies at Cloughey Rocks Nature Reserve and much more.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

High Tea at Sea (7 June)

07 June, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference. See the sights of Strangford Lough before stopping of in a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and some homemade scones.

You might get to explore Salt Island or even see the seals playing at the...

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.

Antrim Castle Gardens

Flower Arranging at Antrim Castle Gardens with Cherry Townsend

23 May, Co Antrim

Come and enjoy a morning at Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens, where you can learn how to harvest and properly condition flowers from the garden.

Aquaholics

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

09 May, 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!

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Boat Tour

24 May, 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**

Perennials in the Garden 'Walk & Talk' Event

20 June, Co Antrim

This "Walk & Talk" event will take us round the garden and potting shed to see what cultivars are doing well, what cultivars are doing badly, and what garden tasks we are doing at this time of year.

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.

Belfast Hills Heritage Festival 2015

Belfast Hills Heritage Festival 2015

03 August - 08 August, Belfast

Join the annual celebration into the Belfast Hills that promises to be packed full of fun activities for all the family.

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.

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.

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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