A new adventure concept called ‘slow adventure’ has just been revealed in Northern Ireland with eleven new visitor experiences in the Londonderry and Strabane area now available.
Slow adventure focuses on slow, immersive experiences that engage with nature and provide an opportunity to learn about the local environment, food and wildlife whilst also taking part in an activity.
Each new experience offers visitors a unique way to experience the heritage, culture, landscape and history of Londonderry, Strabane and its surrounding rural areas. Those who book onto an experience could get to enjoy walking through the Sperrin Mountains foraging for food along the way, bake their own bread the traditional way in a farmhouse kitchen, see how artisan cheese is produced or have a go at traditional fishing and cook their catch on a wild camp fire. Other experiences include interactive cooking demonstrations with local hand-picked ingredients such as sea weed, Irish walking tours, horse riding in the wilderness as well as deer stalking, bird shooting and salmon fishing.
Our Top Five Picks:
Connecting with Nature Irish Walking Tour: Begin your journey with an authentic Irish walking tour through the unique landscapes of the Sperrin uplands. The tour, expertly led by local guide and ecologist Martin Bradley from Landscape and Countryside Tours, will allow you to embrace the plant life and archaeology of the region’s ancient peatland habitats. After an enjoyable day out on the hills spend the night in the 4-star White Horse Hotel before enjoying a 3-course meal.
Cycle Sperrins: Cycling, scenery and food, it’s a winning combination. Take in the sights, smells and taste of the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on two wheels. All you need is an appetite for flavoursome food and stunning scenery.
Natural Connections Tour: An authentic Irish countryside and food tour in the spectacular Sperrin Mountains. Enjoy access to various heritage sites, partaking in traditional bread making and exploring the unique glacial landscapes, upland ecology and pre-historic ritual sites of the Sperrins. Continue your journey with a tour of the Artisan cheese production and relish a cheese tasting session.
Great Foyle Wild Camping, Canoe and Slow Food Experience: Allow the tidal River Foyle to take you on a spectacular two-day journey and spend your evening wild camping, cooking and enjoying some locally sourced slow food and brewed beer by the fire.
Bag a ‘MacNab’ Challenge: This is the ultimate experience in shooting, fishing and hunting! The aim of this three night experience is to harvest a stag, shoot a brace of birds and catch a salmon or pike on the fly, and is derived from the famous novel John MacNab by John Buchan. These three species are extremely hard to find close to each other, making this a truly unique experience.
This new concept has been introduced to Northern Ireland as part of a transnational programme to promote slow adventures in Scotland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Slow Adventure in the Northern Territories, or SAINT Programme, is a three-year programme with support from The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020.
For more information and to book these or other slow adventure experiences in Northern Ireland, visit www.slowadventureni.com