Lock to Lough Experience
On the Jetty at Toome Canal, you’ll be welcomed onboard to a memorable experience, From Lock to Lough. Along this tranquil section of canal, immerse yourself in the beauty of this now quiet waterway, which at one time would have been a busy industrial thoroughfare.
As you approach the Lock gates, meet the Lock Keeper and hear about the heritage associated with the locks along the Lower River Bann, a brief overview of the management of water levels in the region and the controls required to ensure safe passage to and from Lough Neagh. The remaining journey along the canal, as it opens onto the wide expanse of Lough Neagh, will take your breath away!
A Trip To The “Wee” Lough
Passing under the majestic Bann Bridge (built 1846) as you leave Portglenone Marina, you’ll view the ancient woodland of Portglenone Forest, renowned for its thick swathe of bluebells in April/May. As you travel along the meandering river to Newferry you will enjoy the wildlife and scenery, absorbing the heritage and culture of the region.
Immerse yourself in the stories of Mesolithic man’s arrival to Ireland and the importance of the River Bann and Lough Neagh to their existence. You may catch a glimpse of the famed Whooping Swans and a range of other birdlife that enjoy the tranquil environment along this picturesque section of the River Bann, before returning to Portglenone Marina.
Newferry to Church Island
Hop aboard ‘The Goddess’ for a 45 minute round trip from Newferry and on to Lough beg! Leaving Newferry, a site famed for it’s water sports activities, you will gently cruise along the Lower Bann taking in the stunning sights and sound this majestic River has to offer.
Snap some photos of the native wildlife such as the celebrated whooping swans as they build their nests along the banks of the Bann or spot some of the other birdlife that is unique to this area. The tour reaches it’s crescendo at the world famous church island, a small island renowned for it’s historical background and literary prominency.