Slow Adventure Weekend Set for Derry and Strabane

19th September 2017

  Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has been commissioned by Derry City and Strabane District Council to help promote the area's Slow Adventure offering. If you want to get away from it all, slow things down and reconnect with nature Derry and Strabane is the place to be on 23rd & 24th September.…

Upcoming 25th Anniversary of the first Irish Ascent of Everest

9th August 2017

A talk will be held at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre next month. The event, which will take place at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre on 8 September, will discuss the history of the 25+ years of the Belfast Association of Rockclimbers & Fellrunners. This will be followed by a talk by Outdoor…

Flotilla celebrates NI Watersports on Lough Erne

2nd August 2017

A celebration of the wide range of waterposts available in Northern Ireland took place on Saturday 29th July with an impressive Flotilla of 66 people sailing, paddling and rowing Upper Lough Erne.  An array of boats including kayaks, canoes, skiffs, rowing boats, a Curragh and giant Stand Up Paddle Board…

Community Trail Opens Up Access to Slans Graveyard

26th July 2017

A new community trail has been officially launched to formalise public access to Slans Graveyard and its incredible panoramic views overlooking Cloughey, the surrounding countryside and coastline. Jenny Ingram, Ards and North Down Borough Council Countryside Recreation Officer, expressed her delight at the new access to the locally important heritage…

Prime Time BBC showcase for Lower Bann Canoe Trail

11th June 2017

BBC flagship programme ‘Countryfile’ showcased the Lower Bann Canoe Trail on Sunday 11th June 2017. Ellie Harrison joined Outdoor Recreation NI’s Chris Scott for a short journey along the trail from Toome to Portna. Conditions were perfect with a following breeze and temperatures reaching 18 degrees Celsius, providing the perfect…

Chain Reaction Cycles continues sponsorship of Northern Ireland’s Mountain Bike Trails

22nd May 2017

Chain Reaction Cycles has confirmed their continued sponsorship of Northern Ireland’s official mountain bike trails. The sponsorship agreement with MountainBikeNI will see the online bike retailer support the promotion of Northern Ireland’s National Trail Centres including Rostrevor and Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails in the Mourne Mountains and Davagh Forest Trails…

Have your say – Outdoor recreation, open spaces and access in Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands

10th April 2017

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have commissioned Outdoor Recreation NI to develop an Outdoor recreation, open space and access audit for Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands.  It is well known that attractive, safe and accessible outdoor spaces such as forests, rivers, and beaches, deliver…

Get into Watersports with Get Wet NI

4th April 2017

Always wanted to have a go at watersports but didn’t know how to get involved?  Get Wet NI is the perfect way to try something for the first time and see if it’s for you. During May Watersports clubs throughout Northern Ireland will be opening their doors to members of…

Have your say on the development of Outdoor Recreation in South Armagh

22nd March 2017

Newry Mourne and Down District Council through the Ring of Gullion Partnership have commissioned Outdoor Recreation NI to develop an Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for South Armagh. It is well known that attractive, safe and accessible outdoor spaces such as forests, rivers, and the uplands, deliver a wide range of…

Public Consultation – Garvagh Forest Trails Development

25th January 2017

Outdoor Recreation NI and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will be hosting a public consultation on Wednesday 1st February 2017. This will be to provide an update on the current project taking place at Garvagh Forest, and allow local residents to provide feedback on the proposals to develop mountain…

Hazzard’s announcement offers “A major boost for walking”

17th January 2017

  Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard’s ‘3-five-10’ plan ‘to place walking, cycling and public transport at the heart of the north’s transport policy’ has been warmly welcomed by Outdoor Recreation NI (ORNI), a not for profit organisation whose role is to develop, manage and promote outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland. ORNI…

Mid Ulster District Council Public Parks and Play and Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plans

17th January 2017

Outdoor Recreation NI has recently been engaged by Mid Ulster Council to develop a Parks and Play Strategy and an Outdoor Recreation Strategy for the Mid Ulster area. It is well known that attractive, safe and accessible parks and outdoor spaces such as forests, rivers, and the uplands, deliver a…

Volunteer Ranger Winter Walk

14th November 2016

Twenty three of Outdoor Recreation NI’s volunteer rangers attended the annual winter walk on Saturday 12th November in the Mournes with one of the rangers coming from as far as Bushmills to attend. The group started off the day by fueling up at Nikki’s Café in Newcastle before heading to…

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

14th November 2016

The third year of the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will help communities, schools and groups to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride throughout Northern Ireland. The environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will be working with the Department…

British Orienteering Are Hiring!

10th November 2016

British Orienteering is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic individual to the post of Active Clubs Coordinator. The role is full time and funded by Sport Northern Ireland until March 2019 with the possibility of extended funding to March 2021.The role is home based with travel required across Northern Ireland. British…

Outdoor Recreation NI welcomes Greenways Strategy

9th November 2016

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has welcomed the launch of a major Strategy which aims to develop a 1000km network of greenway paths across Northern Ireland. The not-for-profit organisation which has the vision of ‘Placing outdoor recreation at the heart of society’, believes the Strategic Plan for Greenways has the potential…

Portstewart Outdoor Recreation Fund (PORF) 2017

31st October 2016

The Portstewart Outdoor Recreation Fund (PORF) has a passion for people, the outdoors, recreation and health, and ultimately Portstewart. If you have an outdoor recreation project in Portstewart that requires funding, the PORF application form and guidance notes are available on the link below. If you have any further queries…

DAERA NIEA Challenge Fund 2016/17

27th October 2016

The Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has announced the launch of a Challenge Fund for 2016/17. The Challenge Fund is an environmental funding programme. It was established in 2011 to enable groups from the community and voluntary sector deliver a range of environmental projects. The programme is very…

Waterworks Park to Host First ‘Walk @ parkrun’ in Northern Ireland

20th September 2016

Walking in Your Community in association with parkrun UK are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Walk @ parkrun’. The free, 5km walk in the park is set to run weekly in association with parkrun at the Waterworks Park Belfast from Saturday 24 September 2016 at 9:30am. Non-competitive and lots…

Flotilla Celebrates European Week of Sport

19th September 2016

An impressive Flotilla of over 100 people sailed, paddled and rowed down the Foyle to Derry-Londonderry on Saturday 17 September to celebrate the European Week of Sport. The Flotilla was one of over 8,000 events which took place throughout Europe between 10 -17 September, promoting sport and physical activity. A range of watersports…

Love All Things Heritage?

19th September 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are looking to appoint at least two committee members to their Committee for Northern Ireland. Committee members are passionate about the UK’s heritage, whether it’s conserving an ancient building, supporting plans for a new gallery in a local museum, sprucing up a well-used local park…

Everest explorer encourages MLAs to Walk the Walk

9th May 2016

  Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, the strategic body responsible for developing, managing and promoting outdoor activities in Northern Ireland, is urging Party leaders to prioritise a Walking Strategy for Northern Ireland in the forthcoming Programme for Government negotiations.  Dawson Stelfox MBE, Chairman of Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland and first Irishman…

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council keen to hear views on countryside access

25th April 2016

  Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised two public meetings to gather views from residents to help shape the development of outdoor recreation within the district. The public meetings will take place at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 May in Omagh Leisure Complex and the Bawnacre…

MountainBike30 Campaign Goes Live

20th April 2016

  Outdoor Recreation NI, on behalf of the MountainBikeNI.com Consortium, is currently delivering a digitally-focused corporative marketing campaign with Tourism Ireland GB in partnership with P&O Ferries and over 30 MTB-Friendly Accommodation Providers across Northern Ireland. This campaign is specifically targeting mountain bike enthusiasts living in Scotland and Northern England…

Go with the Flow

19th April 2016

  Outdoor Recreation NI is delighted to be delivering the ‘Flow – Get Into Watersports’, a new national campaign with the aim of getting more people into watersports. Northern Irish Olympian, James Espey took time out of his busy training schedule to launch ‘Flow’.  The 32 year old Bangor man competed…

Lower Bann Study Consultations and Surveys

8th April 2016

Outdoor Recreation NI is delighted to be part of Business Tourism Solution's Team in delivering a study of the Lower Bann Corridor. The Lower Bann River is navigable for 60km from the sea at the Barmouth to Lough Neagh. It is enjoyed by many recreational groups – from boat cruising,…

Further Enhancements at Bunkers Hill

30th March 2016

Further enhancements have been made to Bunkers Hill in Castlewellan to improve disabled access and provide shelters along the multi-use trail. On a recent visit to the site, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mickey Ruane commented “Bunkers Hill has proved a fantastic resource for the local…

Outdoor Recreation NI hosts BBC Countryfile

6th March 2016

One of BBC’s flagship programmes ‘Countryfile’ showcased the Ulster Way in their Sunday 6th March broadcast. Presenter Anita Rani was ably hosted by Outdoor Recreation NI Board Member Reg Magowan MBE who reflected on the history of the long distance walking trail explaining how we owe it all to a man…

Conference to celebrate 50 years of Outdoor Education in Ireland

3rd February 2016

  GMIT Castlebar is hosting a conference to celebrate 50 years of Outdoor Education in Ireland and 20 years of Outdoor Education at GMIT. The conference will take place on Friday 22nd April with the theme of 'Learning Outdoors in Ireland – Looking to the Future' For the full programme and…

The Loughs Agency announce funding programme

2nd February 2016

The Loughs Agency has formally announced the opening of their 2016 Sustainable Development Fund Programme. The Agency is encouraging applications from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors for financial assistance to support angling development, conservation and protection of fisheries and marine tourism in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments.  The…

Invaluable support from Volunteer Rangers

25th January 2016

Outdoor Recreation NI’s Volunteer Rangers have once again demonstrated how invaluable they are to the work of the organisation. As the 2015/16 Volunteer Ranger audit season draws to a close, Outdoor Recreation NI’s Volunteer Rangers have literally been walking and canoeing the length and breadth of the country. Diane Crookes,…

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Davagh Forest provides best practice showcase

2nd December 2015

The success of Davagh Forest Trails was showcased during the recent visit of the Outdoor Recreation Group for Northern Ireland. The group made up of outdoor recreation experts from within local councils and wide range of other organisations across Northern Ireland was hosted by Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership and Mid…

Chairperson sought for National Outdoor Recreation Forum

17th November 2015

The National Outdoor Recreation Forum was established by Sport NI as a direct output from the Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for Northern Ireland. The Forum brings together key stakeholders outside of government to provide a clear and joined up voice for dealing with issues that cannot be resolved at a…

Northern Ireland’s Mountain Bike Trails Global Showcase

16th October 2015

Earlier this summer, Outdoor Recreation NI invited PinkBike.com, the world's largest online mountain bike platform to visit Northern Ireland’s National Trail Centres in Rostrevor, Castlewellan and Davagh Forest.  Boasting over 3 Million active monthly users, PinkBike.com is a truly global mountain bike community with approximately 200,000 riders connecting via this website every single…