Best of Northern Ireland: Boom Board Tours in Derry
Visit any big city in the world and you’re guaranteed a plethora of ways to sightsee whether it be on bikes, boats, Segway or helicopter - but in Londonderry they’ve come up with something different.
‘Boom Board Tours’ are being jointly hosted by adventure company Far and Wild in partnership with restauranteurs the Walled City Brewery, who will take groups around the historic streets of the city on longboards.
Longboards are a type of sports equipment similar to skateboards that will allow users to weave their way around the city centre, taking in local landmarks, before finishing off with refreshments at the Walled City Brewery.
The unique activity experience will allow the public to easily take in the sights of the historic city centre before winding down at Ebrington Square.
Darragh Graham, guide at Far and Wild, says that anyone can longboard as the boards have more stability than a skateboard due to their larger wheels. They are also more suitable for coasting long distances.
And the smooth streets of Derry~Londonderry lend themselves well to longboarding, with the surfaces at Ebrington, the Peace Bridge and Guildhall Square providing ideal places to longboard.
Longboarding started in the sixties in Hawaii, when surfers wanted to take their hobby to land when the waves were too small to surf. It’s a chilled and fun street-based skill, which mimics surfing a wave.
The Boom Board Tours are two hours long and begin with a lesson in St Columb’s Park to get users comfortable, before travelling through Ebrington Square over the Peace Bridge and around the city centre.
The tour finishes with a visit to the Walled City Brewery restaurant and the opportunity to sample the newest local brews and bites from their microbrewery.
Head Brewer James Huey has worked wonders with his latest ‘Boom’ pale ale, which gives the tour its name. A Boom Board Tour can be booked now at www.farandwild.org or by calling 07775911198.
If you would like to enjoy a short break, there is a wide range of excellent accommodation available across the area ranging from luxurious hotels, to B&Bs full of character and charm, and self-catering options as a home from home. There is an option to suit all needs and pockets with many great offers available at this time so check out www.discovernorthernireland.com for further information.
The night-time scene thrives in the Walled City. Check out live music venues like Peadar O'Donnell’s for great craic and live music, Sandinos for Latin American vibes, the intimate Bennigans Bar and Jazz Club, or the historical Grand Central Bar, a long-standing watering hole with carved wood, stained glass and great local beers.
The Craft Village
Spend a lazy afternoon exploring the eclectic vintage mix in the Walled City. Located in the centre of the city the village combines authentic craft shops, balconied apartments, a licensed restaurant and a coffee shop. For vintage collectors there are lots of quirky things to add to your collection from vinyl, books, jewellery and handbags.
Creggan Country Park
Five minutes out of the city and you can be jumping in to all sorts of outdoor and water sports. Creggan Country Park’s three freshwater lakes have an inflatable water assault course, aqua zorbing, aqua rollers, canoeing, kayaking, a pier jump, wheelyboat and raft building. For a quieter time, you can also peel away for some great trout fishing.