Geography tour to Northern Ireland by air: 4 days 3 nights

Geography tour to Northern Ireland by air: 4 days 3 nights

Packed with geographical content, this field trip to Northern Ireland will link to a wide range of geography learning areas and is filled with unique learning opportunities. Northern Ireland represents one of the most complex and varied areas of geology in the world, with lots of projects and initiatives in place to protect the ever-changing environment. You can also add an extra day, which you could spend in County Fermanagh. Northern Ireland is a fantastic cost-effective alternative to the typical geography destination choices!

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Fly to Northern Ireland
  • Sight-seeing tour of Belfast
  • Including the Peace Wall
  • Lunch in the Titanic Quarter
  • Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience
  • Transfer by coach to your hotel
  • Day two
  • The North Coast:
  • Portstewart Strand
  • Portrush and White Rocks Beach - packed lunch on the beach
  • Dunluce Castle
  • The Giant's Causeway
  • Dinner in Ballycastle area.
  • Day three
  • Forests and Coastlines:
  • Ferry to Rathlin Island & Seabird Centre
  • Return to Ballycastle on the 1pm ferry
  • Glenariff Forest Park and the Waterfall Walkway and Visitors Centre
  • Day four
  • Depart accommodation
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Transfer to airport

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Geography tour to Northern Ireland by air: 4 days 3 nights

  • Sight-seeing tour of Belfast

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    Your private executive coach will take you on a sight-seeing tour of the city, including a stop off at the Peace Wall for the group to sign their names and peace pledges, like the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton did in the past.

    Select says:

    This is a great opportunity for your group to experience the sights of Belfast finishing at the Titanic Quarter.

  • Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience

    Subject range: Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience:

    In the Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience, students will experience the self-guided interactive galleries and the fascinating history of the whole Titanic Quarter, including its shipbuilding history and information on the industrial revolution. 

    Select says:

    A must see experience - not to be missed on your trip to Belfast! There are some great online resources to use with your students pre and post tour available on the Titanic Belfast website.

  • Portstewart Strand

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Portstewart Strand is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches. It stretches for 2 miles and is maintained by the National Trust as this habitat is an important nature conservation site protecting many kinds of wildlife including butterflies, moths, birds and even basking sharks!

    Select says:

    After visiting Portstewart Strand your group can visit its neighbouring beaches, Portrush and White Rocks Beach. Packed lunches can be enjoyed along the seafront (there are various places to take cover if inclement weather).

  • Dunluce Castle

    Subject range: Cultural, History, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    This Medieval Irish Castle is situated along the Antrim Coastline. Visitors can explore the archaeological digs left behind in the long-abandoned Dunluce Town, but be sure not to bump into the banshees! 

    Select says:

    Dunluce Castle was built in the 1500s.

  • The Giant's Causeway

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The Giant's Causeway is Northern Ireland's first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also protected by the National Trust. You have the option to take a guided tour along the world-famous basalt columns and learn about the geology, geography and beauty of the area.

    Select says:

    The Grand Causeway is the largest of three rock outcrops which make up the Giant's Causeway.

  • Rathlin Island

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Rathlin Island is looked after by the RSPB and you can see why before you even step off the ferry. During the crossing you may be able to spot auks, gannets and gulls, and there's even a chance to see porpoises and dolphins! At the Seabird Centre the group will have the opportunity to get close up views of Northern Ireland's biggest seabird colony, including puffins, lapwings and skylarks.

    Select says:

    The group can eat a packed lunch on the return ferry.

  • Glenariff Forest Park

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Glenariff Forest Park has a unique Waterfall Walkway and there are 3 waterfalls which can be found through an afternoon of exploration. 

    Select says:

    There is also a visitors centre, an exhibition space with an interactive display, and a restaurant should you wish to visit it.

  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is a breath-taking crossing suspended almost 100ft above sea level. The area itself is full of wonderful geology, flora and fauna which has won Carrick-A-Rede recognition as an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

    Select says:

    This is another popular tourist attraction which is protected by the National Trust.

  • Marble Arch Caves Geopark in County Fermanagh & visit Enniskillen area

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    An incredible subterranean world awaits at the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh. Students have a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and brilliance of nature with a visit to the Marble Arch Caves. The caves lay undisturbed for thousands of years while the cave river eroded and dissolved millions of tonnes of limestone to carve and shape the impressive passages. It was French cave explorer Edouard Alfred Martel, accompanied by a young Dublin born scientist Lyster Jameson, who first ventured into the darkness of the cave in 1895 and were suitably amazed at what they found.

    Select says:

    It is a 3 hour journey to get to the caves but there are plenty of places your group could stop along the way for other activities before you reach your main destination. After a late lunch your group could take a trip to Enniskillen's newly refurbished Castle Museum, or choose to take a boat trip around the extensive waterways, channels and the 154 small islands where you can learn about the Green Box initiative and how it supports nature based activities and learning for visitors in the area.

Geography tour to Northern Ireland by air: 4 days 3 nights

Learning areas:

 KS3
• Human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors
• Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

 KS4
OCR J383 
• People of the Planet
• Environmental Threats
• Ecosystems of the Planet
• Geographical Skills

OCR J384 
• Urban Futures
• Resources Reliance
• Distinctive Landscapes
• Sustaining Ecosystems
• Geographical Skills

AQA 8035 
• Urban Issues & Challenges
• Challenge of Resource Management
• Challenge of Natural Hazards
• Living World
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel A (1GA0) 
• Changing Cities
• Resource Management
• Ecosystems, Biodiversity & Management
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel B 
• Challenge of Urbanising World
• People and the Biospheres
• Hazardous earth
• Geographical Skills

KS5
OCR H481 
• Changing Spaces
• Landscape Systems
• Coastal landscapes
• Hazardous earth
• Earth’s Life Support Systems
• Exploring Oceans
• Geographical Skills

AQA 7037 
• Changing Places
• Coastal Systems & landscapes
• Water and Carbon Cycles
• Hazards
• Ecosystems under Stress
• Contemporary Urban Environments
• Population and the Environment
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel 9GE0 
• Shaping Places
• Tectonic Processes
• Coastal Landscapes & Change
• Water Cycle
• Landscape Systems, processes & Change
• Geographical Skills

 

 

 

 

 

Geography tour to Northern Ireland by air: 4 days 3 nights

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