Cruise Ship Tours from Belfast
Lough Neagh is one of the biggest lakes in the UK & Ireland, it is a vast wilderness steeped in history and heritage, flora & fauna. Lough Neagh Tours offers a range of itineraries to the unexplored gems and hidden treasures of Lough Neagh, delivered by local experts our tours are authentic, experiential and can be tailor-made to suit your cruise guests. Our Itineraries Include:
Visit Cranfield Church and Holy Well at Churchtown Point on the north shore of Lough Neagh. The church dates back to 1306 but it is believed to have been a monastic site centuries before that. The holy well is renowned for its healing properties and the amber gypsum crystals found here are believed to protect women in childbirth, fishermen from drowning and homes from fire and burglary. To this day, the healing tradition of attaching rags to the overhanging trees and bushes continues. According to the custom, one must bathe the infected part of the body with a rag dipped in the well, pray and then tie the rag to the large overhanging tree. As the rag decays the affliction is supposed to disappear. Visitors will be given the opportunity to take part in this ritual.
Whilst there enjoy one of Lough Neagh’s most famous delicacies; Lough Neagh Eel (alternative available for the less adventurous), freshly caught that day and cooked on the shore by the fisherman himself, he will share stories of the ancient fishing tradition and techniques that have remained unchanged for generations. The duration of this tour is 4 hours. Medium level of fitness required for short walk around site. Toilet facilities available & food provided as part of the tour
Enjoy traditional Irish stew & soda bread in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub; The Crosskeys Inn, famous for its traditional Irish music sessions by the open turf fire, and for serving the best pint 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 pubs in Ireland to host regular traditional music ‘sessions’.
Duration of this tour 4 hours. Traditional Music will be arranged for the visit & soda bread baking demonstration can be arranged. Toilet facilities available & food provided as part of the tour
Why book with Lough Neagh Tours?
- Dedicated booking specialist
- Cruise group discounts
- Central location in NI (30 mins to Belfast)
- Monthly invoicing / flexible payment options
- Minimum number 15, maximum 50
- Visitors should bring suitable outdoor wear in preparation for our unpredictable weather
- Coach parking available on site
- Walk on guide available (no transport optional)
- Tours are mainly provided May – September, special requests can be considered
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