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Travel: Paddleboarding in Westport, sun in the Canaries, Spelga Dam stay and ghost-haunting in Ballygally

Joanne Sweeney

Learn to stand-up paddle in stunning surroundings at Knockranny House

Paddle board along

the Mayo coastline

For those who like an active break, try out stand-up paddle boarding, a cross between surfing and kayaking, at Westport's Knockranny House Hotel & Spa. Two nights bed & breakfast, one dinner and an SUP session is available from €248 (£218) pp sharing at weekends from May to September, or midweek in May from €178 (£156) pp sharing, and from June to September midweek from €190 (£167) pp sharing. To book, call 00353 98 28600 or visit knockrannyhousehotel.ie

Late sun holiday

deals ex Belfast

Here are some seven nights self-catering holidays to the Canaries ex Belfast International in May for under £350 from TUI: Departing May 18, it's £319pp for the Porlamar Apartments in the Puerto Rico area of Gran Canaria; departing May 20, it's £339pp to the three-star Harbour Club in Los Gogantes in Tenerife; and departing May 24, it's £349pp for the Rubimar Suite Hotel, in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. To book visit http://www.tui.co.uk/ or visit your nearest TUI store.

Self-catering in the

Mourne mountains

Planning a family or group meet-up and fancy some stunning scenery and seclusion? Look no further that Spelga House which sits right beside the Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down. From £350 for a two-night stay in this luxurious four-star self-catering accommodation set high in the Mourne Mountains. You can enjoy all the natural beauty of the landscape in comfort while being just 10 minutes' drive from Newcastle. Accommodating up to 10 people in five bedrooms, it has a Jacuzzi spa, games room and barbecue. To book call 0772043 2781, quoting MHW. Offer available until June 24.

Ghostly goings-in at

Ballygally Castle

Check out the room said to be haunted by a friendly ghost in the four-star Ballygally Hotel in Co Antrim where an overnight stay costs from £60pp sharing. The Castle dates back to 1625 and is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. Offer includes luxury overnight accommodation, a seasonal cocktail on arrival and a full Irish breakfast. To book call 028 2858 1066. Offer available until May 31 or visit hastingshotels.com.

:: All prices and availability correct at time of publishing

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