Hiking Cave Hill - Napolean's Nose!
If you have a few hours to kill and are looking for some moderate exercise and a great view over Belfast, climb cave hill up to Napolean's Nose! The cavehill overlooks North Belfast. Its most dominant crag was nick-named Napoleon’s Nose, and was thought to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. All of Belfast can be seen from its peak, as can the Isle of Man and Scotland on clear days.
Equipment: Hiking boots, a jacket for wind or rain.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Golf on the North Coast
Had the opportunity to golf in Ballycastle! They are very short on rental clubs so when you call ahead for tee times make sure you ask about rental clubs. Left handed clubs are even harder to get a hold of. The course is beautiful and the price was amazing! Coming from Ontario Canada there is a lot of reasonably price golf but doing by the sea is even better.
Equipment: Bring your clubs if you can. Rentals clubs are what they are - rentals.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Motor cruising to the republic
I havn't done it myself, but in 1994 the links between North and south by naviagable inland waterways was resestablished.
The route begins in lower Loch Erne in the north and passing through Enniskillen and on through the Republic towards Limerick takes just over 50 hours of cruising.
If you want to see both the North and the South from this different perspective then check out the very informative and useful website below :Related to:
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Links to die for
Northern Ireland is blessed with many excellent Golf courses.
Of special note is Royal Portrush. Although it has hosted British opens in the past, and regularly turns up in list of the top 20 or top 10 golf courses in the world, is probably not quite as well known as courses like Turnberry, Gleneagles, St Andrew or Muirfield.
If you are a player then the 85 quid a round will cost you will be money well spent - but book well in advance. Other courses are considerably cheaper. Even the superb second course at Portrush is a very reasonaly 30 pounds.
Equipment: Some courses will require you to have a Handicap certificate, and don't forget that 'old fashioned' rules can still apply as regards dress :
Taken from the Royal Portrush handbook :
"On the Links and in the Clubhouse: tee-shirts, i.e singlets or sleeveless shirts, training shoes, shorts, ie tennis shorts, or sporting models, any form of track suit, or denims are NOT permitted. Trouser Legs must not be tucked into socks. Golf shoes, of any description, are NOT permitted in the Clubhouse. Bermuda-type shorts are NOT permitted in the Clubhouse. Long trousers MUST be worn in the Clubhouse." So There.
Australia vs. Romania - October 3, 1999
During the Rugby World Cup, we travelled into Northen Ireland for most of the day for the ability to watch the match between Australia and Romania. Although it was a little mismatched with the final being 57-9, I really enjoyed watching this match because of how close the fans got to be with the match!
Hiking through Banagher Glen.....
A walk through Banagher Glen Nature Reserve (near Dungiven) is relatively easy and interesting. Banagher Glen is the host of an annual biodiversity walk and is one of the only places where ancient woodlands still exist.
Our walk started quite normally with beautiful scenery and sounds. What we didn't know is that further down the path our route was interrupted by a rally car race! So more than half the walk we were dodging rally cars!
Overall it is a great place to walk - but just don't go on a day where there is a rally race!
Equipment: Comfortable shoes and layed clothing. Rain gear is handy. Lots of snacks and water.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Climbing the Mourne Mountains!!
The Mourne Moutain range is one of the most picturesque ranges in the UK. I had the pleasure of climbing Sleive Commedagh, the second highest mountain in the range. It only took around 4-6 hours. Having good hiking shoes, several layers of clothing, extra food, and someone who knows the mountains is essential. The conditions can change very fast and are sometimes unpredictable... When we were climbing, it went from cool and breezy to a blizzard!! Then on the way down it was raining.
Also when you get up near the summit you will encounter the Mourne Wall. It was built over 18 years between 1904 and 1922, the 22 mile Mourne Wall encloses 9000 acres of land which drains into the Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoirs. The wall covers 9000-plus feet of ascent, rising and falling over 15 mountains including Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh and the ever popular Slieve Binnian.
This is a great hiking spot and on a clear day has magnificent views of all of Northern Ireland.
Equipment: Layered clothing, Good hiking boots, waterproof gear, lots of drinking water, snacks and a lunch, small first aid stuff.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Downhill Mountain biking in Tullymore Forest
Located just outside of Newcastle and only an hour from Belfast, Tullymore forest was a great getaway from the city and gave me a chance to try some downhill mountain biking and camping. There are a few great places to ride for every skill level. I tried an intermediate run and it provided plenty of danger and excitement. I'll write another article about the camping. If you're a downhill mountain biking fan make sure you make your way to Tullymore! Check out the website below, it has information on Mountain biking in Northern Ireland.
Equipment: Bike, Helmet, small first aid kit, nerves of steel.....Related to:
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