Nutts Corner Circuit, County Antrim
From flying through the air on Ireland's longest zipline to mud-tastic mountain biking and extreme downhill zorbing, Northern Ireland is sure to satisfy the thrillseeking appetite of any teenager. Mum and dad will love joining in too, if they’re allowed…
Adventures under £20
Ireland’s longest zipline, County Tyrone
One of the many extreme outdoor activities at Todds Leap, the zipline hangs 50 metres above the ground and is a staggering 500m long. A custom ‘ziprover’ will take the daredevils along dirt tracks to the highest point before soaring through the skies over the impressive forest below on this unforgettable experience.
Place to stay: Glenvar Guesthouse
Just ten minutes from Belfast city centre, the River Lagan is a top place for a good time on the water with Mobile Team Adventure. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Have a go on their canoe sessions every Saturday from April to September, or book a private one for the family or a group of mates.
Place to Stay: Jurys Inn, Belfast
Mountain biking at Blessingbourne, County Tyrone
With 12km of trails 16 miles East of Enniskillen, Blessingbourne is an ideal place to introduce teenagers to the exhilarating world of mountain biking. Adventurous teens can have a go at the technical trail features such as berms, table tops and rock drops while you relax with a stroll around the estate.
Place to Stay: Blessingbourne Courtyard Apartments
Surfing on the Causeway Coast
There’s nothing cooler than grabbing a surf board and hitting the beach - and the North Coast has some of the best surf going. Learn from expert instructors how to become ‘totally awesome’ on the waves on some of Northern Ireland’s best beaches.
Place to Stay: Portrush Atlantic Hotel
Wet bouldering in the Mourne Mountains
Prepare to take on waterfalls, rock slides and plunge pools at Bloody Bridge on this exhilarating activity. Sure to be talked about for ages after, wet bouldering involves walking, scrambling, jumping, swimming and sometimes crawling along a river. Book a session with Life Adventure Centre or Outdoor Concepts NI Ltd.
Place to Stay: Ivy Cottage
Downhill zorbing, County Londonderry
The only place in Northern Ireland where you can climb inside a giant inflatable PVC ball and roll down a hill. The laughs will be nonstop as the teens experience this unique adrenaline rush at the JungleNI.
Place to Stay: Glamping Pods at JungleNI
High speed sea safari, County Antrim
A sightseeing tour without a hint of boredom. Zoom across the waters on a speedboat and see the fabulous coastline, caves and castles as well as the Giant’s Causeway from a whole new perspective. Scream if you want to go faster with Aquaholics Dive Centre and Sea Safari's or Portrush Sea Tours.
Place to Stay: 7 Atlantic Bay
Stand up paddleboarding on the River Roe, County Londonderry
This ancient form of surfing has a Hawaiian heritage and involves standing up on a large board and using a long paddle. Balance will determine how wet or dry the session will be on this chilled out but fun activity. The setting of the idyllic River Roe with the mighty Binevenagh mountain as a backdrop adds to the awesome factor.
Place to Stay: Roe Park Resort
Canoeing on Castlewellan lake, County Down
Castlewellan Lake’s calm and secluded water is a great place to learn how to canoe, while allowing teens their independence. With the options of Canadian canoes or sit-on-top kayaks, they can get as wet or stay as dry as they want. Canoe hire and instruction is available onsite from Life Adventure Centre.
Place to Stay: 1 Sea Haven
Junior rally experience, County Antrim
It’s time to get fast and furious. With the Junior Rally Experience teenagers can take to the wheel on this rally course designed for non-drivers. Looking the part in rally suit and helmet, they’ll be taught basic driving and rally competition skills before an experienced instructor takes them on a high-speed demonstration around the purpose built rally track.
Place to Stay: Keef Halla Country House