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Father's Day in Northern Ireland

Transport Loving Dad

Does Dad Love Trains, Planes and Automobiles?

Northern Ireland has plenty of great days out for dad that will indulge his passion for all forms of transport. Here's a taster:

• Watch dad turn green with envy when he spies the iconic Delorean and other  other collection of rare locally built cars at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra. There are even Scooters, Motorcycles, Buses, Vans, Lorries and Fire Engines!
Like this? You might also like: the Jaunting Car and Block Wheeled Car at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.

• Visit Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Fermanagh where dad can enjoy an educational haircut as he learns all about the railway! Definitely different.

• Travel the stretch of line between Bushmills and the World Class Visitor Centre at the Giant's Causeway in style aboard the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway. Built to the narrow gauge of three feet, it runs for two miles along the track bed of the former Giant's Causeway Tram.
Like this? You might also like: Irish Railway Colelction at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (tellign the story of over 150 years of railway history including: Narrow Gauge Railways and Industrial Railways), or finding out more about the Bessbrook and Newry Tramway (1885-1948), The Glennane and Loughgilly Tramway (1897-1919) and the Annaghmore Turf Railway (1901-mid 1960s) at the Armagh County Museum.

• If dad likes this make sure you check out Ireland's only full-size heritage railway, Downpatrick and County Down Railway. Here you will travel through the beautiful countryside of Down on board vintage passenger steam trains. You can simply sit back and enjoy the landscape and experience railway travel as your grandparents would have done. You also have the opportunity to explore a bit of history of the area including the magical ruins of Inch Abbey or experience life as a Viking King with the Living History Village. You could even arrange for Dad to take the controls of the steam engine!

• Does dad love driving? Then there is no better time for him to cruise in style along the Causeway Coastal Route. These 120 miles including 9 scenic loops of driving route were voted 5th in the world's top 10 scenic views (Jacob's CReek, 2006). Enjoy views along Ards Peninsula, Sperrins and Fermanagh offering some stunning views you can tour at your own pace.

• Check out the Harry Ferguson Memorial in Hillsborough,dedicated to the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane.

Or Perhaps He Prefers All Things Nautical?

• Give dad a treat and book him to be among the first to step aboard the newly refurbished SS Nomadic. Tender to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. You can see her restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock. He'll be able to enjoy 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.

• Pay a visit to Titanic Belfast, the TITANICa exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, or head down to explore the Titanic legend on our doorstep in the Titanic Quarter. Be sure to explore the Titanic's Dock and Pump-House and to put the Bangor 400 Seashore Festivals on your to-do list.

• Why not book a delightful cruising break for dad and the family in the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands? You could book a tour boat or if dad is the more adventurous type hire out your own private boat! All that is needed is common sense, no specialist knowledge or previous experience as everything gets explained by trained personnel. There are plenty of boat hire companies for you to choose from so there really is no obstacle for that perfect day of pleasure cruising!

• Or if you want to sit back and let someone else navigate, check out the likes of - The Lady of the Lake, Killadeas. This magnificent tour boat can cater for 56 passengers and there is full on-board bar and catering facilities available. Both public cruises and private hire are available.
The M.V. Kestrel in Enniskillen is a 56 seater traditional, fully glazed waterbus departing from Round 'o' Jetty, which does a cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne including a stop off at the world famous Devenish Island Monastic Site. Regular Public Cruises and Private Hire are available.

There are many events taking place throughot the year too, that might get dad's attention. Check these out and don't forget to add to your calendar:

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