Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Ireland - Tollymore

 We left the Isle of Man behind us, taking the short flight to Belfast City.
 Jonny and Keith picked us up in the centre minibuses, and we headed straight to Northern Ireland's National Outdoor Centre - Tollymore.
 With the whole group taking to the on-site mountain biking course, which winds its way around the centre, beginning with the basics
with increasing challenge for those who wish...
 Paddling from Newcastle (15 mins from Tollymore) in the afternoon.
 a range of ability within this Adventure Club exclusive trip, and plenty of fun!
 We all headed into the Mourne Mountains the following day, some to explore a circular ridge walk, and the other group to hike in to 'Lower Cove', an area of stunning rock climbing, with beautiful routes.
 Every evening we returned to Tollymore for a magnificent feast, conjured by by the in-house kitchen team, every morning we set off having eaten a hearty full cooked breakfast : ) 
 A river journey was selected for Easter Sunday (after the Easter Egg Hunt).
 some interesting bits of white-water, and well as plenty of stretches to try out some of skills Keith had been coaching, over on the Isle of Man in November.
 The paddling teams did very well, and we witnessed some impressive feats by Jan in her single canoe!
 Katia and Alice paddled my boat so I could catch some footage : )
 The last morning was open selection, so we headed out with the camera to catch some pranks on the bikes, with the other group completing the Tollymore Forest Orienteering route...
It was amazing to be back at the luxury centre and immensely helpful and talented staff.
Looking forward to our next trip.
 Happy Easter and all the best

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