NI Travellers Urged to Discover Their ‘Home Ground’

Academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster Geoffrey Beattie has been sharing research to encourage Northern Ireland people to discover their 'home ground' with a refreshing short break this autumn in the Province

The Belfast native, known predominantly for his former Channel 4 slot as the resident on-screen psychologist for Big Brother, has unpacked the ‘passage of time’ research.

He reveals that as the days get shorter, people can elongate their time by breaking up their usual routine, which will ultimately add to their overall self-fulfilment during autumn.

Commenting on the research, Geoffrey Beattie said: “People tend to hide away during autumn, they reflect on the summer months and look forward to Christmas, but I’m encouraging people to shake up their usual routine, take a well-deserved hassle-free break and try a new place and adventure close to home.

“Growing up in Northern Ireland I feel very familiar with it, but I’ve also been amazed and impressed by how much more there is to discover or rediscover in the last few years. People may think they’ve already seen and experienced all on their doorstep, but I would encourage them to refresh their thinking, with a break this autumn, to a destination that is only a short distance away. The simple act of taking a short break can bring enriching benefits as with this small change of routine, time feels elongated and people feel more satisfied with the use of their spare time.”

New hotels are springing up across Northern Ireland, and there has also been an increase in new, immersive experiences. People can surround themselves with new experiences of familiar places such as biking, taking a walking tour or even a microlight flight over the majestic Mourne Mountains, or climbing the stunning Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, Fermanagh’s ‘stairway to heaven’.

Northern Ireland is home to some of the most unique attractions and experiences in the world. You can get a tour centred on one of our literary legends at Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy or, for a one-of-a-kind experience try your hand at moonlight kayaking on the River Roe. There are plenty of opportunities to learn a new skill on your break with NI Food Tour’s traditional bread making classes on the shores of Strangford Lough or Hot Milk Forge’s blacksmith experiences in the Glens of Antrim.

Fiona Cunningham from Tourism Northern Ireland said: “With the number of luxury hotels, boutique B&Bs, unique tours, Michelin star restaurants, stunning coastlines and hidden gems throughout, there’s never been a better time to explore Northern Ireland and take an overnight break rediscovering the fascinating sights, places and experiences close to home.