You can tour Lough Neagh this spring at your leisure with a range of guided tours. Some Lough Neagh Tours are brand new for 2018 and some were tried and tested by hundreds of staycationers and foreign visitors last summer.
And to start the season, a special limited half price offer on the Crosskeys Flyer Tour is available for 28 April only.
Steeped in history, heritage, folklore, fauna and culture, Lough Neagh provides the backdrop for this unique range of one day tours which depart from Belfast. The tours showcase the Lough and its surrounding natural beauty while providing an opportunity to experience local food, local history and local habitat on land and on the spectacular Lough itself.
Speaking about what visitors to Lough Neagh can expect on one of the six tours available to choose from, Eimear Kearney of Lough Neagh Partnership, said: “Whether you want to sit back, relax and let the tour guide do all the talking, whether you are tracing your family history, whether you want to explore the shoreline of the largest freshwater lake in the UK, whether you want tap your toes to traditional music, take to the Lough in a canoe or taste produce from around Lough Neagh and its surrounding area, there is a wealth of choice mixed in with just enough culture and heritage to really immerse yourself in Lough Neagh and enjoy a fabulous fun day out here in the heart of Northern Ireland.”
Lough Neagh Crosskeys Flyer Tour, Co Antrim
Visitors will be transported from Belfast aboard the ‘Crosskeys Flyer’ to enjoy a traditional evening of music and craic in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub and where they can purchase one of the best tasting pints of Guinness in the north. The stone built cottage was once a coaching stop on the route between Belfast and Derry~Londonderry and dates back to 1654.
Lough Neagh Shane’s Castle Tour, Co Antrim
More recently acclaimed as a location for Game of Thrones filming, visit the ancient ruins of Shane’s Castle and hear the stories of the family Banshee. Inspect the mysterious black face on the rock which must remain in place to protect the continuation of the O’Neill dynasty. And enjoy indulgent afternoon tea in the old railway café!
Lough Neagh Craic ‘n Food & Drink Tour, Co Antrim and Co Londonderry
A sampling of Lough Neagh Eel accompanied by stories from an eel fisherman whose family have been fishing on the Lough since the Flight of the Earls in 1607 starts the tour which ends with toe tapping traditional Irish music in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub – The Crosskeys Inn. There is a visit to Northern Ireland’s only buffalo farm at Ballyriff and a stop off at a pub made famous by much loved local poet, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney on the Lough Neagh Craic ‘n Food & Drink Tour.
Lough Neagh Wilderness Tour, Co Armagh
For those who wonder what rural life was like before technology took over, this one day tour transports visitors into the wilderness to provide an insight into how the ancestors of Lough Neagh lived and survived! The ultimate adventurer’s day out, Lough Neagh Wilderness Tour offers visitors an opportunity to build a shelter and a chance to canoe on Lough Neagh with only the resident swans for company.
Lough Neagh Rams Island Tour, Co Antrim
A short boat journey to Ram’s Island where visitors can explore a round tower from the remains of a 1,000 year old Celtic monastic settlement and the ruins of the O’Neill family’s 19th century summer house on this unique Lough Neagh Rams Island Tour.
Lough Neagh Heartland Food & Drink Tour, Co Armagh and Co Tyrone
Foodies will enjoy the first stop on the Lough Neagh Heartland Food & Drink Tour, at award winning Harnett’s Oils. The cold-pressed rapeseed and hemp oils are made from crops grown on the family run farm. At the next stop visitors can sample Long Meadow Cider and take in a tour of the orchard. At Crannagael House, a grade two listed Georgian house, a delicious buffet showcasing the produce on the tour will be provided. The last stop is at a real gem of a pub in Moy which has been in the Tomney family for 300 years.
Lough Neagh Tours have been developed by Lough Neagh Partnership due to the demand from visitors in search of experiencing this untouched landscape. Prices start from £29 per person but for a limited period a special offer on the Crosskeys Flyer of only £15 per person is available for the tour departing on 28 April 2018. To book a place, log onto www.loughneaghtours.com and quote discount code: EARLY15.