Geography School Trips & Tours to Northern Ireland

With its remarkably diverse landscape of breathtaking coastlines and spectacular countryside, Northern Ireland’s North Coast is the ideal geography school trip destination to study both physical and human geography. The area is filled with field trip opportunities for budding geographers, with glens, lush forest parks, secluded coastal tracks and many quaint fishing villages. Popular geography visits for school groups include the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Portstewart Strand - which offers a fantastic opportunity for data collection and fieldwork techniques. 

On a geography field trip to Northern Ireland’s North Coast, your pupils will get the chance to study coastal processes, volcanism, geology, glaciation, the impact of tourism and conservation in a fascinating area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Transfer by coach Portstewart Strand, Giant's Causeway & Dunluce Castle Free time
2 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Whiterocks and Downhill Demense Bowling
3 Dark Hedges, Glenariff Forest Park Titanic Belfast Museum Coach back to school
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Morning Transfer by coach
Afternoon Portstewart Strand, Giant's Causeway & Dunluce Castle
Evening Free time
Morning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Afternoon Whiterocks and Downhill Demense
Evening Bowling
Morning Dark Hedges, Glenariff Forest Park
Afternoon Titanic Belfast Museum
Evening Coach back to school

On-tour support

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Top visits for geography trips in Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

This is the must see visit of the tour! Pupils will take a short walk down to the Causeway to marvel at the 400,000 interlocking basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions over 60 million years ago. Here, your groups can immerse themselves in the geology of the area: investigating intrusive and extrusive volcanic features, coastal processes and landforms, and also consider the human impact of the site. Pupils can then explore the state of the art visitor centre where they can explore the interactive exhibition.

Portstewart Strand

The magnificent two-mile Strand of glistening golden sand is one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches for sand dune succession studies. This is an ideal site for pupils to discuss and demonstrate fieldwork techniques and to collect data on succession. Key themes such as tidal flow and coastal erosion, coastal protection and the impact of tourism can all be studied here.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with unique geology, flora and fauna. This visit offers pupils a unique cliff-top experience to traverse the 30m deep and 20m wide chasm by a rope bridge. Pupils will see examples of volcanic features and coastal processes, views across to Rathlin Island and, on a clear day, even the coast of Scotland!

Glenariff Waterfalls and Forest Park

The diversity of topography, woodland and habitats found within the forest provide a superb area for geography studies. Both physical and human geography can be investigated at Glenariff from glaciation and glacial features to tourism and human impact.

Dunluce Castle

Possibly the most picturesque ruin in Northern Ireland, pupils can make a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, or spend time discussing the coastal erosion evident from the stunning viewpoint of the ruins.

Whiterocks Beach

Whiterocks Beach enjoys a stunning coastal location. The soft, sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches allowing for the investigation of landforms such as sea stacks and arches.

Downhill Demesne

Dramatic cliff-top views, ruins and a temple give avid geographers everything they need for an inspiring visit. Land management, invasive species and geology can all be experienced here.

Rathlin Island

Pupils will board the Rathlin Island ferry for a full day trip to the island which has a distinctive landscape and way of life. The RSPB centre here is home to one of the largest breeding seabird colonies in Europe.

Titanic Museum

Visit the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience at this fascinating museum in Belfast. Pupils don’t just learn, they become enthralled by full scale replicas and visually stunning displays through nine interactive galleries.

Geography Walking Tours

Your Field Studies Guide will tailor make a geography walking tour to suit your pupils key study requirements. They will lead and deliver educational content on a full or half day itinerary.


Evening activites

  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Study themes

Human: 

  • Impact of tourism
  • Site management
     

Physical: 

  • Geology
  • Coastal processes & landforms
  • Volcanic features
  • Glaciation

Transport

Available from any location in Ireland, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

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