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Lough Neagh Boat Trips

Why not explore the ‘real’ Lough Neagh?  Take a relaxing boat trip and visit one of the mystical islands, learn about the history of Lough Neagh or just experience the serenity and natural beauty of this unspoilt wilderness!

Lough Neagh is fast becoming established as a major sailing and boating destination. This is not surprising as it is the biggest Lough in the British Isles and the third biggest lake in Europe measuring over 300 square kms. Why not get onto the Lough on one of the many boat trips available; the majestic Maid of Antrim, Island Warrior, Master McGra, The Coney Explorer or even an old Pirate Ship!

Maid of Antrim on Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership

The Maid of Antrim

Maid of Antrim berthed on the River Bann at Portglenone - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership

The best way to explore this region of vast natural beauty is to step on board the Maid of Antrim, a purpose built pleasure cruiser licensed to carry 100 passengers. This is a traditional boat that has recently been restored to its former glory and offers passengers a comprehensive commentary as well as spectacular views. The Maid offers several tour packages on Lough Neagh & the Lower Bann and specialises in Island BBQ trips. The Maid of Antrim departs from Ballyronan Marina on the western shore of Lough Neagh as well as various other points on Lough Neagh. Cruises depart from April to October with refreshments and bar service available on board. Traditional & folk music on Thursday nights from Ballyronan Marina, scheduled cruises from Antrim Lough Shore Park on Sundays from 12 – 6pm (hourly). Please pre-book to avoid disappointment. Wheelchair access available.
Contact Con Law
Tel: 07969927098

The Master McGra

Kinnego Marina on Lough Neagh / County Armagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership   

Relax and enjoy a boat trip on the fully enclosed master McGra and experience the delightful shoreline and islands of the largest inland waterway in the British Isles. The Master McGra is a ten-metre cruiser, which can seat twelve passengers. The vessel is fully equipped to meet the highest safety standards and is skippered by fully qualified staff.
Trips are available from April - October and normally last half-hour to one hour. Weather permitting, boat trips leave from Kinnego marina every Saturday and Sunday Afternoon during the operating season and also on weekdays by prior arrangement.
Contact Kinnego Marina Tel: 028 3832 7573

The Island Warrior

Rams Island on Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership     Island Warrior to Ram's Island / Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership

Rams Island, the largest island on Lough Neagh is located approximately 1 mile offshore from Sandy Bay on the Eastern Shore of the Lough. The island is steeped in history and heritage, featuring the ruins of the 19th Century O’Neill’s summer house and round tower. The island was last permanently inhabited in the 1920’s by the Cardwell family who were caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The island is also blessed with an impressive array of flora and fauna among the dense woodland. A weekend ferry service to the island departs from Sandy Bay Marina and can also be booked for private charter.
Contact The River Bann & Lough Neagh Association
Tel: 07715368050
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The Coney Explorer

Coney Island Tower / Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership     Coney Island / Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership

Coney Island, lying 1 km offshore from Maghery Village is an exciting destination to be explored. The island has a rich history spanning many centuries, with evidence of human occupation dating back 8000 years BC. It was one of the most westerly outposts of the Normans during their occupation of the island from the 12th Century. The island is owned by the National trust and regular boat trips are available at the weekend from Maghery Country Park.
Contact Kinnego Marina
Tel: 028 3832 7573.

Pirate Boat Trips

Pirate Boat Trips / Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership     Pirate Boat Trips / Lough Neagh - courtesy of Lough Neagh Partnership

Ahoy me hearties! For those who like a challenge, join us on a journey back in time when the fearless pirates ruled the waves. An entertaining cruise for the young and old on board our miniature 12 seater pirate ship, the first of its kind in Ireland. Dress to impress or walk the plank! Based at Antrim Lough Shore Park.
Contact Captain "Jim the Enforcer"
Tel: 07828 905801

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