Categories: things to do

Northern Ireland might be small but it sure is giant on soul. There is lots to see and even more to do in this corner of the world. Here are just some of the magical experiences in Northern Ireland you really shouldn’t miss. 

Catch your own breakfast on the Causeway Coastal Route 

Get your morning off to a fine fishy start by catching your own breakfast on an early morning boat trip along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route with Catch and Sea. Dolphins, seals and of course some birds might join for the ride and once back on shore, a local chef will prepare and cook your catch – a great way to start your day!   

Ride along our clifftops 

There is more than one way to skin a fish as they say and there’s more than one way to see the glorious sights of Northern Ireland. Explore the Causeway Coast with a bespoke, individual horseback tour from Sheans Horse Farm. There’s no better way to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views along the Causeway Coastal Route than on this wonderful guided tour. 

Take a water taxi on Lough Erne 

Singer-songwriter Paul Brady knew all about the Islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands. We can’t say for sure if he had one of them in mind when he wrote his beautiful ballad The Island but five minutes in and you’ll see how this place can inspire. 

Hop on board your own personalised boat tour with Erne Water Taxi and explore the wonders of this natural paradise. Listen to the silence before hearing of ancient settlements and mythical tales from your passionate and engaging host.   

Walk the Causeway Cliff Path 

Explore the Causeway Cliff Path on foot with the always engaging Away A Wee Walk. Let local guides and walkers take you on a five-mile journey along our stunning coastline. Smell the sea and feel the wind in your hair on this amazing trail that features breathtaking views across to Rathlin Island, and Dunseverick Castle. It takes you across the nerve-jangling Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge before finishing at the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.  

Taste and toast the Causeway Coastal Route 

Enjoy a four-hour guided food tour all from the comfort of a luxury coach with Toast The Coast.  Arrive hungry. You’ll be consuming a vast array of fresh food and fine local drink at numerous tasty stops along the Causeway Coastal Route. 

Start the day with hand-blended Clandeboye Yoghurt and Armagh apple juice before continuing on to local gin and tapas. We hope you’ll have room for the Glenarm shorthorn beef or organic smoked salmon and we will show you how to pull a pint of famous porter in one of Ireland’s smallest pubs, Mary McBride’s in picturesque Cushendun. Foodies who want to find out more will get a warm welcome and the waft of good home cooking when they get to Tracey’s Farmhouse in Ards. Hosted by Tracey Jeffery, this baking masterclass is a fun, hands-on experience where you can bake your own soda or wheaten bread.  

Feel like royalty at Hillsborough Castle 

Hillsborough Castle in the heart of the charming village of Hillsborough is the official residence of the Royal Family when they come to Northern Ireland. You can enjoy a forty-five -minute tour through the Throne Room, State Drawing Room, Lady Grey’s Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall and hear the history and importance of this wonderful Georgian castle.  

Get to know our best-known poet 

A crowning is the Seamus Heaney Home Place in Bellaghy. This recently opened visitor attraction takes you on a journey through the life of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. Interactive exhibitions bring his story to life with real recordings of the man himself reciting his own work, personal artefacts such as his beloved leather school satchel and personal recordings from friends, family and world-figures including Bono and Bill Clinton.  

Live life at the edge 

Speaking of writing, if you’re struggling to scribble on that postcard to send back home, The Gobbins cliff path walk will give you something more to write about. This exhilarating cliff path dates back to the turn of the century and was described then as having “no parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk”. It is a must visit. The walking tour, which is over two and a half hours long, winds over bridges and crashing water through tunnels and narrow cliff paths. Not for the faint-hearted.  

Go mad for Trad 

Soak up some trad on a traditional music trail in Belfast. Let local musicians tell their tales, share their songs and give you renditions of traditional pieces with a variety of instruments including the tin whistle and uilleann pipes. Squeeze in tight and rub shoulders with musicians around the city’s Cathedral Quarter in lovely pubs, full of character and charm.  

There’s so much more where that came from - it’s just enough to get you started, where you end up is down to you!