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Castle Espie, County Down

Nature Loving Dad

Does your dad enjoy getting close to nature and wildlife?  Here are just some ideas for a day out in the great outdoors.

Visit Castle Espie Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down.  Follow the nature walks and get close to the wild and endangered birds then visit the Loughshore Café and giftshop. 

Crom Estate, County FermanaghEnjoy Crom Estate, County Fermanagh.  Dad can try his hand at archery and discover the amazing nature and wildlife including ancient woodland, rare butterflies and the largest heronry in Ireland.

Family_Day_out_at_ZooSpend an afternoon at Belfast Zoo, home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species. Visit the refurbished Belfast's Window on Wildlife (WOW) and enjoy stunning views of the Lough and the birds and wildlife which call the reserve home.


Game_of_Thrones_-_Tollymore_Forest_ParkBring dad and the whole family for a gentle stroll around one of our many beautiful forest and country parks.  Options include Tollymore Forest Park County Down (a filming location for HBO's Game of Thrones), Roe Valley Country Park along the banks of the River Roe in Limavady, Gortin Glen Forest Park set among the Sperrin Mountains in County Tyrone and the unique Peatlands Park near Lough Neagh in Co. Armagh. 

Perhaps your Dad is is a garden enthusiast, explore Northern Ireland's stunning Gardens
Your Dad might also like National Trust Properties and Outdoor Spaces
See below for some more nature-themed events and places to visit over Father's day weekend. 

Places To Visit

Glenariff Forest Park, Glenariffe, Ballymena

Glenariff, the "Queen of the Glens", is home to the spectacular Glenariff Forest Park. The unique Waterfall Walkway, a popular tourist attraction since it opened 80 years ago,has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Adventure Playpark and The Giant's Lair, Killeavy, Newry

Slieve Gullion is Ireland's Mountain of Mystery. The Forest Park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an Adventure Playpark, Giant's Lair children's story trail and Courtyard with coffee shop.

Ness Country Park, Killaloo, Londonderry/Derry

In the steep, wooded Glen of the Burntollet River, south-west of Derry/Londonderry, lies Ness Country park. 55 hectares of mixed woodland along with open parkland make up the Park which extends along both sides of the Burntollet River.

Copeland Bird Observatory Exhibition, Newtownards

Learn more about the work of the Copeland Bird Observatory in this exhibition. Founded in 1954, and still going strong, Copeland Bird Observatory is Northern Ireland's only working bird observatory.

Portstewart Strand Orchid Walk, Castlerock, Coleraine

A beautiful walk for the whole family. Amazing sand dune system is host to a range of orchids.

Strangford Lough Boat Tour, Portaferry

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

Mid-summer Solstice Walk, Bushmills

Rise with the lark to enjoy the longest day of the year at the Giant's Causeway.

Discover Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula Exhibition, Portaferry

The exhibition showcases some of the special places that the National Trust owns and manages for wildlife and people across Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula.

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