The experience in celebration of this year’s Taste The Island initiative will give visitors an insight into the importance the Lough had as a food source from the first arrival on man to Ireland. The day begins with a tour of Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor Centre where visitors will learn fascinating facts about the industry and get the opportunity to hold a live eel before getting a glimpse into the fishing traditions that have been the lifeblood of the area for generations. Visitors will meet a local fisherman and enjoy a three course lunch with some traditionally cooked Lough Neagh Eels and Pollan and breads freshly baked by the fisherman’s wife.
The lunch will be served in the idyllic surroundings of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage which sits on the banks of the River Bann. Visitors can then take a short boat trip onto the Lough where a fisherman will regale tales of the life of a fisherman and there may be opportunity to view a real fishing boat in operation. There will be a visit to Ireland’s oldest thatched pub where visitors can enjoy whiskey and chocolate tasting while listening to a toe-tapping trad music session.
Tickets are priced at £65.00 per person and include return transport from the designated collection points, tour of the fisheries visitor centre, food sampling, lunch, boat trip and visit to Crosskeys Inn for whiskey and chocolate tasting during trad music session.
Tour departs Belfast and stops at Dunsilly Roundabout (near Antrim) and Toomebridge.
11.00am Depart Chichester Street, Belfast
11.20am Stop at Dunsilly Roundabout Park and Ride
11.45am Stop at Toome Park and Ride
12.00noon Arrive at Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor Centre and embark on The Taste The Island Shore Food Tour
6.00pm Depart Lough Neagh
6.10pm Stop at Toome Park and Ride
6.25pm Stop at Dunsilly Roundabout Park and Ride
7.00pm Arrive Chichester Street, Belfast