Northern Ireland is always a great shout for a relaxing short break but that doesn’t mean the thrill-seekers out there aren’t catered for.
With its rugged coastline and extensive waterways, Northern Ireland is an absolute haven for adventure-lovers and those who love nothing more than that feeling of making a splash while landing in the water.
Just a short drive from Dublin lies a plethora of water sport options that will seriously put the icing on the cake of any weekend break with your friends.
Gather your most adventurous crew and try one of these exhilarating activities this summer.
1.Surfing – Portrush
Not only is surfing an exhilarating experience, it’s also a great workout.
Whether you’ve never ridden a wave before or you see yourself as an expert, Northern Ireland offers a range of surfing experiences suited to everyone.
Alive Surf School has everything covered, from lessons for beginners to more challenging experiences for the more advanced surfer.
2. Night Paddleboarding – Derry
If you prefer a more tranquil setting for your water sports, then Far And Wild’s Night Paddleboarding is the activity for you.
Set off at twilight into the setting sun under Derry’s Peace Bridge and experience the calmness of the city from a unique perspective.
A great idea for small groups who want to try something new while maintaining a chilled out vibe.
More information here.
3. The Edge Water Sports At The Crannagh Activity Centre
Why stop at just one water sport when you can do them all in just one afternoon?
The Edge is just over an hour from Belfast and offers a range of group-focused activities such as Kayaking, Banana Boating, Wakeboarding and a whole lot more.
All activities are tailored to suit each group and the team prides itself on conducting their business in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
More information can be found here.
4. Diving – Portstewart
Explore the wildlife and colours of the Irish Sea with these scenic dives around the Causeway Coast.
From the Benbane Headlands at the top of the region to the caverns underneath the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, there are sites dotted all over Northern Ireland for divers of all ability levels.
Aquaholics offers a number of diving trips which you and your friends will be talking about for years to come.
5. Game of Thrones® Boat Tour
This is a must-try if you’re a fan of the HBO series.
Just 40 minutes outside Belfast, enjoy stunning views of all the most famous GOT locations such as Winterfell Castle, The Twins and Dreadfort.
The boat can fit up to nine people and can be privately chartered for 90 minutes. More information here.
6. Coasteering Along North Coast
Northern Ireland boasts some of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe and you’ll be able to take it all in as you partake in this thrilling pursuit.
Coasteering is a combined water and rock activity that will suit people of all levels of confidence. With Far And Wild, a Derry-based outdoor adventure company, you’ll learn rock climbing as well as how to jump from heights safely, all the while exploring areas of the coast that you would never get to see otherwise.
Try it here.