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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

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.

Forest Fun and Minibeast Hunt - European Geoparks Week

Forest Fun and Minibeast Hunt - European Geoparks Week

07 June, Co Fermanagh

Come along and join staff at the Marble Arch Caves on Saturday 7th June, in a hunt for unseen wildlife in the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. We will hunt in habitats throughout the Nature Reserve, catching and identifying invertebrates as we go!

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.

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!

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Brunch on a Boat Trip (12 July)

12 July, 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 ...

Aquaholics Dunluce, Skerries & Giant's Causeway

Aquaholics Dunluce, Skerries & Giant's Causeway

07 April, Co Londonderry

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!

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

High Tea at Sea (3 May)

03 May, 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...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 4th July

04 July, Co Down

Departing from 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.

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.

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...

Sunset Kayaking for Beginners

Perseids Meteor Shower Kayaking

12 August, Co Down

The Perseids Meteor Shower can be seen for a few days only and is at its most active on this day.

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.

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 (12 July)

12 July, Co Down

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

Copeland Island Boat Tour

Copeland Island Boat Tour

16 August - 16 September, 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.

Victorian Tea Party (27 Septemberl)

Ranger Round-Up (9 August)

09 August, Co Tyrone

Join Rudy-Ranger on all-weather explorations of The Argory.

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 ...

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

06 April, 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!

Summer Solstice Walk on Divis

Summer Solstice Walk on Divis

21 June, Belfast

Join the Belfast Hills Partnership on a lofty walk in the mountains to make the most of the longest day of the year. Discover how our ancestors lived and worked these lands from Bronze Age to the 1900s.

Meet at Divis Road National Trust car park.

**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.

Daffodil Danders (28 & 29 March)

Garden Fair

20 June, Co Londonderry

A great opportunity to stock up on all your shrubs and plants, herbs and other specimens native to Springhill.

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...

Family Adventure Day (4 April)

Family Adventure Day (12 July)

12 July, Co Down

A fun day out with the family! Try out our range of activities to
entertain all the family including canoeing, archery and orienteering.
Enjoy some quality time together and have fun.

Suitable for age 4+.

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.

Wildlife Recording at Slievenacloy

Wildlife Recording at Slievenacloy

27 June, Belfast

Come and help the Belfast Hills Partnership as they gather an inventory of the plants and animals at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve near west Belfast and Lisburn.

All are welcome from novice to expert and help will be on hand to find and identify ...

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour - August

19 August, Co Down

Tour the beautifully restored Walled Garden.

'Light & Radar' Heritage Hike on Cave Hill

'Light & Radar' Heritage Hike on Cave Hill

16 June, Belfast

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has commissioned LIDaR mapping of Cave Hill Country Park.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

High Tea at Sea (24 May)

24 May, 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...

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.

Aquaholics

Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari

19 April, 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!

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips

Strangford Sea Safari (28 July)

28 July, 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.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

31 May, Co Down

Bring a picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.

Victorian Tea Party (27 Septemberl)

Ranger Round-Up (2 August)

02 August, Co Tyrone

Join Rudy-Ranger on all-weather explorations of The Argory.

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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