County Down, and around: a car-free trip to Bangor, Northern Ireland


Phoebe Taplin

A coast and cultural break takes in beaches, wildlife, paddleboarding and a fine array of attractions – including the poignant Titanic Belfast museum

The board wobbles again. I drop back into a kneeling position and shake my head ruefully at Adam, the instructor. Even standing up from the ground on dry land is quite a business these days; I am not at all confident I can do it on the water. Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the world’s fastest growing water sports and so – perhaps unwisely – I’ve decided to give it a go.

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