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NI Public urged to enjoy outdoors responsibly this May Bank Holiday

Wooden sign in grass saying please take your litter home

Not-for-profit organisation, Outdoor Recreation NI, is appealing to the NI public to explore the great outdoors responsibly this May Bank Holiday.

With many set to flock to NI’s beauty spots on May 29th, the organisation is calling on day-trippers to be extra cautious when outdoors.

The organisation’s website showcases the wealth of outdoor trails and places available to day-trippers across Northern Ireland, including those that are not well known. From those on their doorsteps to wonderful hidden gems hidden further afield.

Outdoor Recreation NI is encouraging the public to plan ahead by checking the weather and bringing the right equipment, such as clothing, footwear, a map, a wetsuit and paddles. The organisation also recommends that members of the public keep their dog on a lead to avoid livestock worrying and disruption to wildlife, and that they only camp or light a BBQ in a designated area.

Outdoor Recreation NI also suggests that when exploring the outdoors, people avoid starting open fires, only park their car in a designated space and remember to consider local access.

Finally, the organisation is asking the public to take dog waste and litter home and to help protect the environment by getting involved in activities like litter picks.


Kerry Kirkpatrick, Communication and Training Executive at Outdoor Recreation NI, says:

“With the last bank holiday in May fast approaching, we are encouraging everyone to get out and about and explore the many beauty spots that our country has to offer. However, we would encourage them to do so responsibly.

“The website provides information on the many types of trails and places available to explore in Northern Ireland, and can be filtered by county and by the type of activity that can be carried out, such as walking, cycling, mountain biking or kayaking. Users can even use the site to identify what type of place they would like to visit, e.g., beach, park, nature reserve or forest.

The site is regularly updated and also provides information on how to stay on the ‘Right Side of Outside’ and explore NI’s outdoor spaces safely and responsibly.”

To discover new outdoor trails and places to explore throughout Northern Ireland, visit:


Outdoor Recreation NI is a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easier for people to responsibly enjoy the outdoors with a vision of creating ‘a more active and healthy society appreciating the outdoors’.

The Right Side of Outside campaign is driven by a range of organisations with an interest in the outdoors including:

• Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

• Sport Northern Ireland

• Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

• Northern Ireland Protected Area Network (NIPAN)

• Mourne Mountain Rescue

• Ulster Farmers Union (UFU)

• Department for Communities (DfC)

• Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL)

• Northern Ireland Agriculture Producers’ Association (NIAPA)


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