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5 outdoor things to do in Northern Ireland this summer (2021)

Despite lockdown being gradually relaxed and lifted across the country, a lot of travel restrictions are still in place. With this in mind, we have created a list of COVID safe outdoor activities that families can do during the upcoming summer holidays.

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway and its surrounding areas boast some of the most amazing scenery in Northern Ireland. A day at the Giant’s Causeway – especially if the weather is good – will provide beautiful picture opportunities and some of the best walking routes in Northern Ireland, plus, it’s absolutely free to enjoy!

The Giant’s Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the seacoast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of around 40,000 massive black basalt columns protruding from the sea. This dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland.

Giants causeway

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Have you got a head for heights? An easterly drive from the Giant’s Causeway of around 15 minutes brings you to another of Northern Ireland’s must-sees; Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Located near the beautiful coastal village of Ballintoy, this is a spectacular attraction, though, is not one for the faint-hearted. The dizzying rope bridge joins to a tiny island, where fishermen would catch salmon. While access to the grounds is free, if you dare to cross the bridge itself, a small fee is required.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrickfergus Castle

A short drive from Belfast is the substantial town and port of Carrickfergus, home to Carrickfergus Castle. One of the best-preserved medieval structures in Ireland, this castle has dominated the port for around eight centuries. Perched near the shore the fortress is still intact and the recreated banqueting hall is a particular treat, especially for kids.

Carrickfergus Castle

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a popular tourist attraction. What’s more, it is free to enjoy and is a good opportunity for exercise and fresh air.

The Dark Hedges

Slieve Donard

Feeling super adventurous? If you have a head for heights why not make the journey up Slieve Donard – the highest mountain in Northern Ireland! With a height of 850 metres, Slieve Donard is the highest of the Mourne Mountains. It is located near the town of Newcastle on the eastern coast of County Down, overlooking the Irish Sea. Just imagine the views from the top!

Slieve Donard

Turkington Windows: improving homes across Ireland

We hope you take some inspiration from this guide, and if you’re looking to improve your home, we are the company to call. Since 1982, we’ve proudly served homeowners and built a reliable reputation as experts in installing windowsdoors, and home extensions, such as conservatories, to homes in Northern Ireland. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can make your home improvement dream a reality.

Double Glazing Across Ireland

With showrooms in Lisburn & Portadown we are ideally placed to supply and install windows, doors and conservatories all across Belfast and Northern Ireland, as well as the greater Dublin area and counties Monaghan, Meath and Louth.

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