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Geography School Trips 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, 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.


Prices start from£429pp

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights' B&B accommodation
  • Return flights & airport transfers in resort
  • Visits including: Portstewart Strand, Dunluce Castle (external), Whiterocks
  • Coaching for visits shown
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Free place ratio of 1 in 10

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers from selected departure points and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

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On-tour support includes...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Airport assistance - during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance - for when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Top visits for geography trips in Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

This is the must see visit of the tour! Students 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. Students can then explore the state of the art visitor centre where they can explore the interactive exhibition.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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

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 students 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.

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, students 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.

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.

Titanic Museum

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

Guided Tours of Shankill & Falls Road

These recommended guided tours will take in the history of two of the most affected areas of Belfast throughout the troubles. Spend a half day visiting significant parts of the Falls Rd including the International Wall, Bobby Sands Mural, Clonard Monastery and Bombay street, where the troubles erupted in 1969. Also, take a half day tour, with your guide, of the Shankill Road and visit the Peace Wall, Spectrum Centre and Shankill Estate Murals.

W5 - Science Exhibition

An award-winning science and discovery centre at Odyssey in Belfast. A magical place with exhibitions and workshops that place learning in context and provide memorable learning experiences for students and great ideas for teachers.

Evening activites

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

Study themes


  • Impact of tourism
  • Site management


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

Study levels




We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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