Live It Experience It this Father’s Day
By LAURA IRWIN 14 June, 2017
There are so many cracking places to visit in Northern Ireland. Live It Experience It’s Laura Irwin explores how to give dads around the region a Father’s Day he’ll never forget!
Father’s Day is on Sunday so forget the idea of socks or wallets – get out and about to Live It Experience It. With so much to do from biking, fishing, jet skiing, mountain climbing and walks, we are spoiled for choice.
We all need to let loose and so do dads. For a truly unique experience try Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in Derry-Londonderry with Far and Wild. Lorcan and his team offer the first and only historic tour in Ireland. Dads need some time outside too to relax, recharge and learn the stuff they are going to teach their children. So, Far and Wild is offering a one day only 20 per cent discount this Father’s Day. To book a tour Click HERE
I don’t know about you but my dad would fall for this one hook, line and sinker. Straid Fishery is County Antrim’s largest privately owned fishery. It has a 20 acre fly fishing lake and a two acre discovery lake which is reserved for families. In between casting your rod you can enjoy the surroundings and open facilities available to you. If you choose to dip your rod this Father’s Day contact Ray on 028 9303 8721.
Or, if you fancy some coastal activity, you could take your dad on a walking tour with Mark Rodgers from Dalriada Kingdom Tours, surfing with Hanno and the team of qualified instructors at Alive Surf School or why not take your horses to the fabulous Maddybenny’s stables from where you and your family can go for a ride along the coast.
The Great Outdoors
And of course there’s the great outdoors. Stretch your legs and go to Lough Navar Forest Scenic Route in Country Fermanagh for some fantastic scenery over the Fermanagh Lakelands. The views from the top are amazing. For a more challenging incline hit the Mourne Mountains in County Down and enjoy the spectacular views of the valleys and lakes below. Or, enter the children and adult playground which is Slieve Gullion – a mountain in the south of County Armagh where you can follow the Giant’s Liar Story trail on the mystical hunt for fairies and giants. And of course in Mid Ulster, there are the stunning Sperrin Mountains – a popular mountain range for mountain bikers, touring cyclists and walkers.
Food and Drink
On Saturday night, if you have never tried this before, you could take your dad for a unique dining experience with the Slemish Market Supper Club in Ballymena. Run by the award winning chef, Rob Curley, this is a fun and innovative pop up dining experience where Rob cooks using produce from the Slemish Market Garden in Ballymena. Delight your taste buds with a six course meal where Rob and Head Gardener, Frank McCooke, from the Slemish Market Garden, will provide a short talk explaining how the food was grown and cooked. This award winning popup dining experience takes place this Saturday, June 17 at Springwell and Thomas Coffee in Ballymena. What a way to start your Father’s day celebrations. To make a reservation visit here – enjoy!
In the heart of rural Armagh you can find the family run Digby’s Bar and Restaurant in Killylea – about six miles from Armagh’s historic city centre. This award winning gastro pub and restaurant offers a carefully crafted menu to ensure quality food is served. Recently refurbished, and recently awarded in the Irish Restaurant Association’s Awards for Customer Service, this country gastro pub is the heart of the local community. If your dad is partial to a sip of an Irish Coffee or an Irish Craft Cider, chill out in the bar after your meal and enjoy the local banter. To reserve a table at Digby’s call 028 3756 8330.
One place where there is a room with a spectacular view is the Bayview Hotel which overlooks the picturesque Portballintrae harbour. There are some rooms still available if you fancy an overnight stay. Or, if you’re day tripping, dine in the Porthole Bar in the hotel. The menu offering is fabulous, the views are amazing and there is a fine selection of locally produced drinks. For booking information visit here.
If you’re taking your dad to Portrush this weekend, stay at Maddybenny – the perfect accommodation where you can spoil your dad. Or, if you’re further round the coast Largy Coastal Apartments have availability and Ballyness Caravan Park has availability on Sunday. Set in stunning locations, these are ideal for people who love to explore the coast.
Or, for a more rural retreat, try the self catering College Hall Farmhouse in County Armagh. With a ‘more the merrier’ attitude, you can bring your dog or cat where Leonie and her family will take care of them in the kennels or in the Puss’n Boots Cat Hotel. From here you can explore the nearby Georgian village of Caledon where you can enjoy lunch or tea in Allens of Caledon, take a walk by the River Walk or kayak in the River Blackwater. For further information visit here.
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