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 and Drink TourThe Craic ‘N Food and 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 and Toomebridge on pre-scheduled dates through-out the season.
The Shane's Castle TourVisit the ancient ruins of Shane's Castle on the shores of Lough Neagh, ancestral home of the Clanaboy O’Neills and more recently, one of the locations for Game of Thrones filming. Hear the stories of the family Banshee and see the mysterious black face on the rock which must remain in place to protect the continuation of the dynasty.
Enjoy afternoon tea at the old railway cafe where the miniature railway once stopped. A ritual dating back to the 1800’s, celebrating afternoon tea is an indulgent ceremony in the grounds of the castle. Scones baked for smothering in cream and jam, finely sliced sandwiches and delicate pastries served with tea. Tour priced at £34.50 per person.
The Historic Ram's Island TourTake a short boat journey to Ram’s Island where you will explore a round tower from the remains of a 1000 year old Celtic monastic settlement, and the ruins of the O’Neill family’s nineteenth century summer house.
Your guide will explain the history of the island, how it was last permanently inhabited in the 1920s by the Cardwell family who were caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The remains of Cardwell’s harbour, left dry by the lowering of Lough Neagh, can be seen near the ruins of the Cardwell’s house. There are also overgrown remains of a carriageway along the elevated central spine of the island. The tour is priced at £35pp, includes lunch and return transfers from Belfast.
The Crosskeys FlyerEnjoy a traditional evening in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub; The Crosskeys Inn, famous for its traditional Irish music sessions by the open turf fire, and for serving one of the best pints of Guinness in the north with a fantastic selection of Irish Whiskies, this is a ‘must see’ on your trip to Ireland. The Crosskeys Inn is a stone built cottage which was once a coaching stop on the route between Belfast and Derry. The building dates back to 1654 and is one of the last remaining traditional pubs in Ireland to host traditional music sessions. Tour not suitable for children. Tour departs from Belfast at 8PM, and returns from The Crosskeys Inn at 1am. Tour priced at £29pp to include transfers from Belfast.
Wilderness AdventureThe Wilderness Adventure 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, you will find everything from dandelions and sticklebacks to nettles and elder flower. 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 £35pp to include lunch.