04 Jan 2023
Bursting with top-class experiences to satisfy every interest, Northern Ireland always has something new to offer.
Delve into history, learn some Celtic skills, commune with nature or savour some fine food – whatever your passion you’ll find that Northern Ireland delivers.
Soak up some Celtic vibes
Step into Armagh’s ancient past on the Unearthing Macha guided walking tour. Visiting several locations on the Hill of Armagh as well as the thirteenth-century crypt of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Armagh’s Irish cultural centre, this tour uncovers the stories and characters associated with Macha, a mythological Celtic warrior queen and goddess from whom Armagh takes its name – Ard Mhacha.
Or why not unleash your creativity at the Celtic Woodturning Experience. This full-day workshop will teach you how to turn your very own wooden bowl and inscribe it with a special message. No experience is necessary and all materials as well as a hearty lunch are provided.
Enjoy the spectacular outdoors
Northern Ireland’s stunning landscape makes outdoor activities pure pleasure. At Crindle Stables, County Derry, you can Saddle Up by the Sea and enjoy a bracing ride along gorgeous Downhill Strand, which is overlooked by Mussenden Temple. The experience ends with a warming Irish coffee.
At Elmfield Estate, County Armagh, you can Journey Into Stillness to reconnect with nature and listen to your inner self. Immersed in the natural surroundings of Elmfield Estate’s magnificent trees and peaceful gardens, you will be guided through a series of meditative, movement and reflective practices on a journey of self-discovery.
Journey Into Stillness at Elmfield Estate.
For something a little more energetic sign up for the Gaelic Games Experience, County Down. During this fun and interactive session with Down All Ireland Champions, you’ll learn the history of Gaelic Games and how to play Gaelic football and hurling.
Indulge in fabulous food and drink
Fancy an 11-course tasting menu cooked in a secret location? With Secret Dining from Mourne Larder, County Down, you will join celebrity chef Paul Cunningham in this extraordinary dining experience. You'll be whisked away to an exclusive destination within the beautiful Mourne area to enjoy a celebration of awesome local food.
Connoisseurs of chocolate will enjoy the Master Craft Chocolate Experience at Neary Nógs, County Down. Ireland's first bean to bar, craft chocolate makers will guide you through the chocolate-making process from bean sorting to tempering. This will be followed by a tasting session where you will get to sample expertly crafted chocolate from around the world.
Northern Ireland also has a thriving distilling sector with many award-winning distilleries that offer entertaining tours. Create your own spirits trail to discover the secrets behind the craft of making premium gin and whiskey and try your hand at creating your own unique drink.
Master Craft Chocolate Experience, NearyNógs Stoneground Chocolate, Newry.
Hinch Distillery, Killaney Estate, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.
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