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Rivers & Loughs

Explore Northern Ireland's network of rivers and loughs, either on foot or bicycle or by boat. 

The region boasts both the largest freshwater lake, Lough Neagh, and the largest sea inlet, Strangford Lough, in either Ireland or Britain.  The extensive Erne system of County Fermanagh is often affectionately known as Ireland's Lakeland region, and offers a range of activites and interests, both on and off the water.  Our disused canals, chiefly the Newry and Lagan Canals, offer excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation and are popular with walkers and cyclists. 

Northern Ireland boasts some prime fishing rivers, such as in the northeast along the Lower Bann straddling Counties Londonderry and Antrim, or along the world famous Causeway Coast where there are ample opportunities for sea fishing. 

Cruising is also popular throughout Northern Ireland's waterways; why not enjoy a short boat tour on Lough Neagh or hire a cruiser and explore the tranquil waters of the Shannon-Erne Waterway at your own leisurely pace. 

  • River Bann Cruises / boat cruises / Northern Ireland

    Land of the Bann and the Bush

    The Northeast has some of Ireland's mightiest game fishing rivers, linking Lough Neagh with the North Atlantic and providing passage for favourite sporting species.

  • Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

    Fermanagh Lakelands

    Fermanagh has a trail for every interest and each one leads to a great time.

  • Boats on Lough Neagh

    Lough Neagh & its Waterways

    In the heart of Northern Ireland you will find Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles...

Strangford Lough / Strangford Lough Cycle Route / County Down / Northern Ireland

Strangford Lough Cycle Route

This circular route leads the cyclist along the coast roads and past many sites of cultural and historical interest...

lough neagh cycling / loughshore cycle trail northern ireland

Loughshore Trail

The Loughshore Trail is a 110 mile (176 km) bi-directional cycle route that encircles Lough Neagh...

Lough Neagh Angling

The area around Lough Neagh is known for its abundant angling.

Boating in Fermanagh

Cruise with the views

One of the best, most relaxing ways to see Northern Ireland is by boat - they're weatherproof and downright luxurious!

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