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The Shore Food Tour - 25th October

The Shore Food Tour - 25th October

25-10-2019 - 25-10-2019

Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative Society, Toomebridge

Availability:Yes | 65.00

 

The Shore Food Tour is all about the local traditions of Lough Neagh. This tour gives you an insight into how important the Lough was as a food source from the first arrival of man to Ireland.  You will begin the day with a tour of the Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor centre, you’ll learn fascinating facts about the industry and get a opportunity to hold a live eel (if you dare) and get a glimpse into the fishing traditions that have been the life blood of this area for generations.  On the tour, you will meet a local fisherman, and sample some traditionally cooked Lough Neagh Eels & Pollan, with breads freshly baked by the fisherman’s wife and served in the idyllic surroundings of the Lock Keepers Cottage.  Another local fisherman will take you on a short boat trip, he’ll tell tales of the life of a fisherman and you might even be lucky enough to see a real fishing boat in operation.  To finish the tour, we’ll take you to Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, where you’ll enjoy Whiskey & chocolate tasting along with a toe- tapping trad music session.

 

Tickets are priced at £80pp to include return transport, tour of the fisheries visitor centre with samples, lunch, a boat trip, Whiskey and chocolate tasting and trad music.  The tour departs from Belfast with a pick up at Antrim & Toomebridge.

 

·        Departure: 11am Chichester Street, Belfast (last bus stop, close to House of Fraser entrance)  

·        Next Pick up: 11.20am at Dunsilly Roundabout park & ride

·        Next Pick up: 11.45am at Toome Park & Ride

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·        (please arrive 10mins early) 

·  Departing Crosskeys Inn at 6pm

·  Arriving Toome Park & Ride 6.10pm, Dunshilly Roundabout park and ride 6.25pm

·  Arriving Chichester Street, Belfast 7pm

 

You must contact us to let us know where you plan to board the bus

·        Price: £65PP

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Tasty Tour - Friday 25th October

Tasty Tour - Friday 25th October

25-10-2019 - 25-10-2019

Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative Society, Toomebridge

Availability:Yes | 13.00

 

This guided tour around Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor Centre includes a bespoke opportunity to have a short tour of the factory.  You can experience the intake and grading of live eel and have an opportunity to hold an eel. You will see a range of the other Lough Neagh fish such as Pollan and Dollaghan, when in season.

 

On the tour you will hear a range of mythical tales including the formation of the lough by Fionn Mac Cumhail and how St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, turning them into eels. You will become familiar with the history of fishing on Lough Neagh, from Mesolithic Man to the formation of LNFCS and get an overview of the sustainable management and the different types of fishing on Lough Neagh. 

 

Be prepared to be amazed at the epic migration of Lough Neagh Eel (European eel), its fascinating lifecycle and the engaging specimens and information on the full range of wild fish living in the lough.

 

Saving the best to last, you will get to enjoy smoked eel tasters and discover why Lough Neagh Eel and Lough Neagh Pollan have been awarded Geographical Status by the EU Commission.

Please contact Cathy on 028 7965 0618 or cathychauhan@loughneagheels.com for queries or late booking enquiries.

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