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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

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"!

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.

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.

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.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 25th July

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.

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Strangford Lough Pirate Boat Tour

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!

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 18th July

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.

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise 11th July

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.

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.

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!

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**

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.

**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.

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.

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.

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.

Bug Detectives

Bug Detectives

15 July, 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.

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.

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.

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Summer Stroll

18 July - 19 July, Belfast

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

Exhibition by the National Trust featuring Strangford Lough

Exhibition by the National Trust featuring Strangford Lough

04 July - 25 July, Co Down

An exhibition by the National Trust of the stunning locations they manage throughout Strangford Lough and the surrounding area.

Focus on Runkerry

Focus on Runkerry

25 July, Co Antrim

Focus on Runkerry

The Little Green Allotments Festival & SHow

The Little Green Allotments Festival and Show

01 August, Lisburn

The Little Green Allotments Festival & Show

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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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.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

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.

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

19 July, Co Londonderry

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

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.

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.

Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Ark Open Farm

Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Ark Open Farm

17 July, Co Down

Bring along your teddy or favourite cuddly toy for a day of fun at the Ark Open Farm. Punch and Judy will be there too!

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

19 August, Co Down

Tour the beautifully restored Walled Garden.

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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