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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

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.

Biodiversity Day

Biodiversity Day

05 September, Co Down

A fun day with a difference. Lots of activities and workshops to stimulate all ages into looking after and experiencing nature.

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.

The Bog Run

The Bog Run

11 October, Co Down

Cancer Fund for Children’s Bog Run at Castlewellan Forest Park will be awash with raw energy as a mighty gathering of participants brace the bog and conquer the rugged, merciless Irish landscape in this 5km challenge filled with mud, bog and obstacles!

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**

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.

Ballymoney & District Gardening Club 87th Annual Show

Ballymoney & District Gardening Club 87th Annual Show

29 August, Co Antrim

This popular annual showcases the experiise of the Gardening Club Members exhibiting locally grown flowers, fruits, and vegetables. There are also sections for Floral Art, Home Industries and Handcrafts. The Show is a wonderful opportunity, not only to see the result of the best horticultural and related skills, but also to meet the exhibitors and pick up or share the tricks of the trade.

Brent Bonanza

Brent Bonanza

11 October, Co Down

Join us at the Lookou,t Mount Stewart and various locations around Strangford Lough to marvel at the return of tens of thousands of light-bellied brent geese that have completed their epic journey from Arctic Canada.

The Eclectic Garden Seminar

The Eclectic Garden Seminar

19 September - 20 September, Co Down

Come and enjoy this two day extravaganza exploring the themes of diversity and eclecticism in gardening. Guest speakers include Diarmuid Gavin and Richard Wheeler.

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.

Festival of Light at Mount Stewart

Festival of Light at Mount Stewart

20 November - 29 November, Co Down

Come and enjoy our magical Christmas light and sound show in the stunning grounds of Mount Stewart. The woodland will come alive with sparkling illuminations celebrating the theme of Christmas. Booking essential.

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!

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.

Autumn Garden Walk

Autumn Garden Walk

01 November, Co Down

The gardens at Mount Stewart were recently described as one of the Top Ten Gardens in the World and they look stunning at this time of year. Take this opportunity to enjoy a tour of the gardens with our gardening experts.

Common Pipistrelle  Credit Hugh Clark Bat Conservation Trust

Go Batty at Castle Caldwell

11 September, Co Fermanagh

Join staff from RSPB NI and the Northern Ireland Bat Group and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

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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