Essential Experiences to try in 2020

Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published December 19, 2019

How can we follow up on our success of 2019? Well, in 2020 we are inviting you to embrace our giant spirit and awaken your own. So what’s hot for 2020 in Northern Ireland? Here’s some of our new and unique experiences for you to try.

Enjoy a Coastal Canter

Explore the local North Coast area on a bespoke, individual horseback tour led by a passionate and energetic host. Soak up the breathtaking panoramic views and really take it all in from your unique viewing point.  Find out more here.

Catch and Sea

Catch your own breakfast on this early morning boat trip with a difference, along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route.  Board your fishing boat before sunrise and catch your own breakfast – while you’re out there, keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and other aquatic wildlife.  Once back on shore, a local chef will prepare and cook your catch – a great way to start your day!  Find out more here.

Go on an Island Discovery

Island hop around the Fermanagh Lakelands on your own personalised boat tour.  Listen to the silence of the area once the boat’s engines are turned off.  Hear about the history of the islands from your passionate and engaging host.  Find out more here.

Enjoy a Clifftop Experience

Go away a wee walk on a five mile walk along our stunning coastline.  Take in the breathtaking views – Rathlin Island on a good day, Dunseverick Castle or the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.  Enjoy this back to basics simple nature walk and explore the area on foot.  Find out more here.

Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen

A warm welcome awaits you at Tracey’s Farmhouse when you arrive for your baking masterclass.  Set in host Tracey’s own house, complete with stunning views along the Ards Peninsula, this is a fun, hands-on experience where you can bake your own soda or wheaten bread.  Find out more here.

Visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

At this beautiful Georgian castle, in the heart of the charming village of Hillsborough, enjoy a 45 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 the castle.  Find out more here.

Visit Seamus Heaney’s Homeplace

Journey through the life and works of the famous poet in this attraction set in his hometown of Bellaghy.  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.  Find out more here.

Walking the Edge

This exhilarating cliff path at The Gobbins dating back to the turn of the century and described then as having “no parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk” is a must visit.  The walking tour which is over 2 and a half hours long and requires hard hats and sturdy boots, winds over bridges and through tunnels. Feel the sea air on your face as you navigate rocky paths while witnessing the local wildlife up close and personal.  Find out more here.

Time to Toast the Coast

Enjoy a 4 hour guided food tour, all from the comfort of a luxury coach.  Arrive hungry as you will visit numerous food places on the way, along the Causeway Coastal Route.  Each place will showcase the best of local produce  - start with hand-blended Clandeboye Yoghurt and Armagh apple juice setting you up for the rest of the food to come.  These include local gin and tapas, Glenarm shorthorn beef or organic smoked salmon.  Pour a pint of the black stuff in one of Ireland’s smallest pub, Mary McBride’s.  Find out more here.

Join in on the Belfast Traditional Music Scene

Soak up the traditional music scene in Belfast on a traditional music trail.  Listen as local musicians tell tales, share songs and give us renditions of traditional pieces with a variety of instruments including the tin whistle and the uilleann pipes.  The tour takes place in and around the Cathedral Quarter in traditional pubs, full of character and charm.  Find out more here.

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