Northern Ireland has transformed itself into one of the 'must visit' places on earth. Amazing attractions, breath taking coastlines and countryside to be envied all around the world. So when I heard about an Outdoor Activity Centre on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, and within the Tollymore Forest Park, I had investigate further. What I uncovered was a true hidden gem. Ran by the hugely experienced Sport Northern Ireland, this National Outdoor Centre specialises in anything outdoor. It is true to say that TNOC offers a huge range of skills and leaderships courses, however there is also a huge amount of activities that everyone can take part of, Mountain Biking, the Climbing Wall and Canoe Sports just to name but a few. On reflection, The Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is one of Northern Ireland's brightest hidden gems and exactly the reason why we have given it our coveted Hidden Gem status.
Tollymore Outdoor Adventure Centre
Why visit Tollymore?
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, situated on the northern edge of the Mourne Mountains on the fringe of Tollymore Forest Park with direct access to the forest, stands as a state of the art outdoor centre. We are situated just outside Bryansford village and are less than one hour from Belfast, and two hours from Dublin, by road.
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is more than a building! Tollymore is a resource for all who share a love of the outdoors, and who want to develop and improve skills, and coach others in a welcoming environment.
What we provide
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre provides an extensive range of skills and leadership courses for all levels and in an array of activities from canoeing, hillwalking, kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering, orienteering and rockclimbing to groups and individuals. If you are hoping to try an adventure sport for the first time or you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast, we will have a course to suit you. We also provide a full range of other courses, which are based on our skills, experience and location and can provide technical expertise to others as well. We will ensure that all courses provide you with a quality experience at exceptional value.
On site facilities include high and low ropes courses, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, kayak rolling pool and a mountain bike skills course. The Centre also includes ensuite accommodation, a range of changing facilities to suit different organisations, excellent dining facilities, coffee lounge facilities, information on the Mournes, and a range of meeting and conference rooms.
Our greatest resource… The instructors who will work with you are among the most experienced and active outdoor enthusiasts in Northern Ireland. They are involved in the development of many award schemes and spend much of their spare time climbing and kayaking. They want to see you develop skills and share experiences with others. All of our staff are committed to the ongoing development of the Centre.
We have the expertise to provide a range of courses. It is one of only three National Centres approved to provide all canoesport courses up to and including Level 5 Assessment in all disciplines, and all hillwalking and rockclimbing courses up to and including Mountaineering Instructor Award Training and Assessment. Tollymore is the only Centre in Ireland approved to run such a wide range of courses at such a high level.
Tollymore provides both residential and non-residential facilities. All of our accommodation is in twin ensuite bedrooms, with extensive drying and storage areas for wet equipment. All of our bedrooms have free tea and coffee making facilities. We have a range of meeting rooms and social areas, ranging from the ‘Poulaphuca' recreational area, to the cosier ‘Brandy Pad' lounge.
There are extensive changing and showering facilities for non-residential groups, with secure lockers for storage of personal clothing when on activity.
We can offer additional nights' accommodation either at the beginning or end of a course for an additional sum per person. This is a great way to further enhance your time at Tollymore and savour the beautiful majestic setting that the Centre has to offer.
On all of our courses, you will have access to the most modern and ‘state of the art' equipment available. As part of our commitment to improvement, you will now have access to new sea kayaks, white water boats and surf kayaks as well as a full range of new mountaineering equipment.
All ‘in-course' transport is provided on your course. We have two 15 seater minibuses, a 14 seater minibus and a nine-seater people carrier, which we use to travel to course locations. We also have a range of trailers for various canoesport courses. Some courses are based away from Tollymore, but transport is generally available from Tollymore - please contact us in advance to let us know that you would like to travel from Tollymore.