Lough Neagh Tours
Lough Neagh Tours offer visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in heritage, history and hospitality around this unique lake, the largest in the UK and Ireland. Departing from Belfast city centre to the shores of Lough Neagh, an area world renowned for its folklore, flora, fauna and eel, guests are transported to an untapped wilderness likened to the Florida Everglades. Experience this untouched landscape, meet the locals and to sample the unique charm and fantastic culinary delights.
Craic ‘N Food & Drink TourThe Craic ‘N Food & Drink Tour is perfect for foodies who want to sample delicious food and drinks from the area surrounding Lough Neagh and its waterways. This full day tour takes you on a journey into the wild and rugged Lough Neagh landscape and gives you an insight into how important the Lough was as a food source from the first arrival of man to Ireland.
On the tour you will meet a local fisherman, and sample some traditionally cooked Lough Neagh eels, visit Ballyriff Buffalo Farm and learn about the habits of these amazing creatures before sampling the tasty meat, visit the Old Thatch Inn for tastings of local, ciders, cheeses, oatcakes, oils and chutneys. Hear a tale or two in the poets’ corner, where Seamus Heaney enjoyed a drink in his local pub many times. The final stop of the tour is at the Crosskey’s Inn, Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, famed for its toe-tapping traditional music sessions, which you will experience along with our local Heaney Beer tasting and more nibbles. You won’t go home hungry!
Tickets are priced at £80 per person to include return transport, and plenty of food and drink sampling. The tour departs from Belfast with a pick up at Antrim & Toomebridge on pre-scheduled dates through-out the season.
Join this fascinating tour with local historian and amateur archaeologist James Walsh. You will explore the fortifications along the western shores of Lough Neagh and learn how The Great O’Neill fought off the Elizabethan English and the fortifications he built to defend.
The Western Forts Tour
You will visit one of Ireland’s finest high crosses at Ardboe, where James will depict the scenes on the cross from the old and new testament – a gift, which has only recently been passed on to James. You will also visit the Hill of the O’Neill at Dungannon, a significant site where Hugh O’Neill lived and defended himself, boasting spectacular view across Mid Ulster.
The next part of the tour will take you to a spiritual site, with much unexplained archaeology, Tullyhogue Fort. This was the inauguration site of The O’Neill, James has a fascinating story to tell about this site and brings with him sketches of the inauguration and his own interpretations of how the event unfolded.
The final stop of the tour is at Mountjoy Castle, where history changed. It is the very place the Elizabethan Army gained their foothold into County Tyrone.
Tickets are priced at £65 per person to include return transport. The tour departs from Belfast with a pick up at Antrim and Toomebridge on pre-scheduled dates through-out the season.
The Wilderness Tour allows you to step back from modern life and learn how early man survived on Lough Neagh. A team of experts from the Bushcraft Centre at Oxford Island will teach you basic survival skills.
Learn how to forage the hedgerows in our outdoor larder on the shores of Lough Neagh, find everything from dandelions and sticklebacks to nettles and elderflower, and cook them up for lunch with some locally caught fish on the camp fire you will have learned to build and light.
You will learn how to build a shelter using materials found in the woods at Oxford Island, but there’s no time for a nap, as you will then take to the water of Lough Neagh in a canoe. There really is no better way to immerse yourself into the untouched wilderness of Lough Neagh, than our tour.
Tickets are priced at £70 per person to include return transport and lunch. The tour departs from Belfast with a pick up at Antrim and Toomebridge on pre-scheduled dates through-out the season.
- Western Forts Tour: 29 July and 2 September
- Wilderness Tour: 12 August and 3 September
- Craic ‘N Food & Drink Tour: 4 August and 18 August