Summer Days Out in Northern Ireland

Discover Electric Ireland’s fun-filled guide for family-friendly summer day trips across Northern Ireland this Summer on a budget.

With journeys to our favourite destinations still on hold, let’s plan an alternative (and equally amazing) summer holiday right here in Northern Ireland. Experience everything from glorious cliff-hugging walks and Insta-worthy towns, to paddle-boarding on the coast and Covid-friendly festivals! If you’ve found yourself frantically nodding along to all of the activities above, check out the full list of fun-filled family adventures below.

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Insta-worthy locations  


Whitehead is a small seaside town on the east coast of County Antrim, around 20 miles outside of Belfast. On the main street, you’ll find the ultimate photo opportunity – a quartet of colourful homes overlooking Belfast Lough. While you’re in the area, take a short 5-minute drive to Blackhead Cliff Path to enjoy stunning views of the sea and an iconic lighthouse. Search #blackheadpath on Instagram to see it for yourself!

Belfast City Centre

If you’re a fan of vibrant street art, then Belfast City Centre is the place to explore. With world class masterpieces popping up all over the city, you can spend a full day enjoying the well-known and lesser spotted treasures on offer. For the perfect photo-opportunity this summer, take a virtual tour of the best bits with a helping hand from Visit Belfast.

Outdoor Adventures

Paddle Boarding

You can’t have an epic summer adventure without a trip to the sea. To make the most of your day out, we’d recommend planning a family-friendly activity before you head off. Why not test the water with a stand-up paddle boarding lesson? Families of all ages and fitness levels can take in the sights in a safe, unique and relaxing environment. Check out the full list of paddle boarding locations across Northern Ireland via Trip Advisor.

Colin Glen

For the thrill seekers who fancy a day of adventure, look no further than Colin Glen. This family friendly sports park is nestled in a woodland river glen located in Dunmurry, Belfast.  With over 200 acres of roaming countryside you can go mountain biking, rope climbing, ziplining or zoom through the woods on Ireland’s first Alpine Coaster. If this sounds like the perfect summer adventure for your family or friends, we’d recommend booking in advance on the Colin Glen website.

Covid-friendly festival

Just when we thought there would be no hope of a festival this summer, Stendhal pulled it out of the bag! Since 2012, Stendhal has organised an event to celebrate local artists, foodies and music lovers across the country. Taking place in the great outdoors at Ballymully Cottage in Limavady, you can expect ultimate summer vibes and great music, all in a Covid-friendly setting this July and August. Get your tickets online today at  

Get planning your alternative summer holiday today with a helping hand from Electric Ireland. Please remember to check the restrictions in your local area prior to travelling or booking any activities mentioned in the post above.

Don’t forget to share your alternative summer with us using the hashtag #SmarterLiving