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A to Z of Adventure

Northern Ireland is a thrillseeker's paradise with plenty of opportunities to get wet, wild, messy or skyhigh!

Here's a rundown of some of the most popular adventure pursuits and some you may not be familiar with!

  • Adventure Racing

    Adventure Racing

    Competing in teams of 2-4, anything can be thrown at you in these events, including running, cycling, canoeing or horse riding.

  • Archery


    Take aim, hold your nerve and shoot for the bull’s eye - there is nothing like the satisfaction of hitting dead centre!

  • Boat charter & cruising

    Boat Charter & Cruising

    This is a great way to sample the sites and sounds of Northern Ireland’s coastline and inland waterways.

  • Boat Trips

    Boat Trips

    What better way is there to take in the beauty of Northern Ireland than from the water?

  • Bootcamps

    Boot Camps

    If you are looking to lose weight, get healthy and improve your fitness, then sign up for a Bootcamp!

  • Bushcraft


    Discover Northern Ireland’s hidden world of flora and fauna and get set for that really wild experience.

  • Canoeing


    Whether you are looking for a gentle trip or a mad day catching the surf, Northern Ireland is the place to try canoeing or kayaking!

  • Caving


    Enter an underground world of stalactites, stalagmites, streams, bizarre rock formations and towering caverns.

  • Blokarting


    This is an exciting way to make the most of Northern Ireland’s splendid beaches and open spaces.

  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

    Clay Pigeon Shooting

    Clay Pigeon shooting is an activity that demands concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions.

  • Climbing


    There is nothing like the challenge of ascending a rock face and the satisfaction of taking in the view from the top.

  • Coasteering and Bouldering

    Coasteering & Bouldering

    Scramble up waterfalls and cliffs, body surf waves and fling yourself into deep water from heights of up to 20ft!

  • Cycling


    Cycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Northern Ireland and is one of the best ways to take in its beauty.

  • Diving


    Take the plunge into a peaceful environment of spectacular landscapes and amazing marine wildlife all in the clear waters around our coast.

  • Dry Slope Skiing

    Dry Slope Skiing

    Dry ski slope skiing is the perfect way to get your snowsports fix right on your doorstep.

  • Fell Running

    Fell Running

    Fell running sees participants running across a variety of terrains from rough open mountain sides to hidden forest tracks.

  • Fishing


    Anglers are most certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing in Northern Ireland.

  • gliding


    A silent and graceful way of flying without an engine, gliding is both fun and exhilarating.

  • Paragliding and hangliding

    Hang-gliding and Paragliding

    Hang gliding in Northern Ireland has developed into a practical and relatively safe sport.

  • High Ropes and Ziplines

    High Ropes

    Negotiate your way through obstacles including rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams.

  • Horse Riding

    Horse Riding

    Horse riding is one of the best ways to view the outstanding scenery and get right into the countryside.

  • Hovercrafting


    Experience the thrill of gliding over land and water on a cushion of air at speeds of up to 30mph.

  • Jet Skiing

    Jet Skiing

    The diverse range of coastline, loughs and rivers in Northern Ireland provide numerous venues to experience high speed adventure.

  • Kite Buggying

    Kite Buggying

    Kite Buggying is a fast growing sport where participants can travel along by the power of the wind.

  • Kitesurfing


    Kitesurfing in Northern Ireland is the latest, most extreme water sport to hit the beaches.

  • Microlight flying

    Microlight Flying

    Have you ever seen birds soaring and wondered what it was like? Now you can get this thrill safely by having a go microlight flying!

  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking

    Hit the dirt and experience the adrenaline pumping action of mountain biking.

  • Orienteering


    Orienteering is the art of navigating your way round a series of points.

  • Paintball 2

    Paintball & Combat

    Northern Ireland has a great range of paintball sites complete with bunkers, trenches, and forts to create your supreme war zone.

  • Off Road Driving

    Rally & Off Road 4x4 Schools

    4x4 off road driving may be at a more relaxed pace, but your pulse will still be racing as you steer.

  • Sailing


    Northern Ireland’s vast array of unspoilt coastal waters and lakes offer sailing opportunities for all ages and abilities.

  • Segway


    Riding a Segway has to be tried before you can fully understand how much fun it really is.

  • Skydiving

    Skydiving & Parachuting

    Jump out of an aircraft, and freefall (skydiving) before returning to earth with the aid of a parachute.

  • Surfing


    The surf scene based on Northern Ireland’s North Coast offers waves to suit everyone, from beginners to champions. Don’t let the good ole Northern Irish weather put you off with the use of modern wetsuits it is a year round sport.

  • Walking


    The beauty and variety of the Northern Ireland landscape, the compact distances and ever-changing vistas, and the mild climate, make Northern Ireland a wonderful place to explore on foot.

  • Waterskiing

    Waterski & Wakeboarding

    Northern Ireland is a fantastic venue for water skiing and wakeboading; with loads of rivers and lakes providing flat water venues. Being towed at high speed behind a boat provides amazing thrills and an excellent sense of achievement.

  • Windsurfing


    Windsurfing could be described as a" bit of a challenge"; however the basics can be mastered in a couple of hours. Fun can be had at entry level right through to the exhilaration and spills of wave sailing.

  • Zorbing


    Feel the adrenaline rush as you roll down a hill inside a giant PVC ball at speeds of up to 30mph. Zorbing is one of the most exhilarating extreme sports in the world. Originating in New Zealand this activity has now arrived in Northern Ireland.

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