The thriving city of Belfast is one of few that succeeds in striking the balance between culture and adventure!
A city break doesn’t have to be all about culture, great food and lively bars. You can also get your adventure fix too. And it seems there is no better city than Belfast to strike that balance. Offering an array of activities from SUP to indoor skydiving and Ireland’s longest zip wire, it really does make for a very exciting weekend away. Here are six adventurous activities to do in Belfast.
1. Hike up Cave Hill
With its imposing outline visible across the city, Cave Hill is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Named for its five caves located on the side of the cliffs, the 4.5-mile hike is strenuous in parts. However, a well-heeled path all the way to the top makes it achievable for all levels of fitness. Starting at Belfast Castle, a path leads you all the way up through the trees and out on to a plateau which offers spectacular views.
More info: Walk NI
2. Hit the Water
Located just outside the city centre, Bryson Lagan Sports offers ample opportunity to get out on the water. With canoeing, kayaking, bellboating, sailing and water zorbing to choose from, you are guaranteed a fun-filled outing! Sessions start at £25 for two hours and no previous experience is necessary.
More info: Bryson Lagan Sports
3. Belfast City Bike Tours
Hop on a city cruiser bike and explore Belfast’s historic Cathedral, Titanic, University and Gaeltacht Quarters. And of course, we can’t forget about the wonderful Titanic Dock and St George’s Market, both perfect spots for refreshments and a spot of people watching.
Beer lovers are also well catered for the on Bike and Brew Tour. Expect to explore Belfast’s Cathedral and Titanic Quarters before joining the River Lagan towpath to meander through the stunningly beautiful Lagan Valley Regional Park before finishing up at the award-winning Hilden Brewing Company – the oldest independent brewery in Ireland. When you’ve sampled a few brews, you can hop on the train and whizz right back into the city centre again.
More info: Belfast City Bike Tours
4. Indoor Skydiving
Ireland’s only indoor skydiving centre is located in the Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. And it’s probably the most fun you are ever going to have! We Are Vertigo has pumped £1.5 million into the state-of-the-art facility which has been developed using the world’s leading Aerodium tunnel technology. Indoor skydiving sessions start at £45.
More info: We are Vertigo
5. Mountain Biking at the Barnett Demesne
The Barnett Demesne Trails consist of an easy 3.4km green trail and a 3.9km blue trail (with three red loop options – 1.5km). Most exciting, however, is the fact that Ireland’s first official purpose-built jumps park is located here too. The park boasts six lines of table-tops, doubles and hip jumps. Plenty to keep the gang entertained. Bike rental is available on site.
More info: Mountain Biking NI
Set in the beautiful Colin Glen Forest Park in the heart of the Belfast hills, SKYTrek offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, mountain biking and orienteering. One highlight is SKYtrek’s high ropes course and 90m zip wire that runs over Belfast, giving you one of the best views of the city (if you dare to look!).
More info: SKYtrek
Getting to Belfast:
Just a two-hour jaunt up the road from Dublin, Belfast is really easy to get to thanks to the brilliant M1 motorway. Or alternatively, you can catch the train which takes just over two hours from Connolly Station in Dublin. If you leave your desk at 5pm you can have checked into your hotel, showered and be sipping a delicious cocktail in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter by 8pm. It really is that easy.
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