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Northern Ireland beauty spots in guide to 25 ‘amazing outdoor adventures’

Hillsborough Castle Gardens
Hillsborough Castle Gardens
The Glens of Antrim
The Wow Project
Helen Skelton

By Jill Richards

Three of Northern Ireland's top attractions feature in a new guide marking the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery.

The Glens of Antrim, RSPB's Belfast Window on Wildlife and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are among the '25 Amazing Outdoor Adventures' shortlisted.

Since 1994 more than £550m of lottery funding has been invested in over 9,220 projects helping people to enjoy the great outdoors.

The new guide includes a range of Lottery-funded outdoors activities and locations to visit, from rugged coastlines and mountain footpaths to spectacular nature reserves, parks and forests.

Readers are encouraged to explore the rich heritage of walking amidst the Antrim Glens, relax at Belfast's unique wildlife haven which boasts panoramic views across Belfast Lough, and spend time exploring 100 acres of stunning gardens at Hillsborough Castle.

Countryfile presenter and outdoor enthusiast Helen Skelton is supporting the guide.

"National Lottery players raise over £30m a week for good causes and have contributed so much to the UK's amazing and varied landscapes," she said.

"I am a huge supporter of people experiencing the great outdoors for themselves. The National Lottery's Guide to 25 Amazing Outdoor Adventures will hopefully inspire people to discover their next adventure."

Over the last 25 years The National Lottery has given more than £59m to all of the organisations featured in the 25 Amazing Outdoor Adventures guide.

Drew Bennellick, head of Landscapes and Nature for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Over the last 25 years, National Lottery funding has had an extraordinary impact on our natural heritage and opened up so many opportunities for people to access the great outdoors.

"We're hoping the new guide will encourage more people to find their next adventure, no matter how big or small."

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