There is a crisp, chill in the air and a lovely golden, rusty hue from the landscape. It is well and truly autumn and whilst it’s lovely to cosy up in front of the fire at night, it’s still important to get outdoors, stay active and experience the world around us. Our boat tours don’t stop over autumn and winter. We, like you, adjust to the seasons.
Our boat tours are still available on both week days and weekends and as it’s quieter for us at this time of year we can be more flexible for your booking date to allow you to choose the best day to get out on the water. Just let us know what days or dates suit your group and our skippers will check the forecasts to pick the best day and keep you updated.
Whether you’re going out on our 12 seater RHIB Stormborn or 10 seater safari style RHIB Endurance, rest assured we are prepared for the weather and will keep all our onboard guests warm and cosy. RHIB Stormborn has an inside area and can be fully enclosed for larger groups. There is also a heater onboard blowing hot air. RHIB Endurance has an overhead canopy to protect from rain and we supply top of the range floatation suits to put on over your clothes. These keep everyone toasty warm and dry.
Private Charter Experience
All our tours are private charters so it’s only your group onboard with the Skipper. This affords your group privacy, a chance to enjoy each others company, bond and make memories together. We find private charters are more relaxing, special experiences. There is a minimum cost for each of our tours which covers a certain number of passengers, then a price per person if you have a larger group.
Whether you are planning a day out with your family, friends, or an outing for your Christmas Work Party, we have some great tour ideas for you.
Carrick-a-Rede Sea Safari
This is our most sheltered sea tour as it follows the coast from Ballycastle to Kinbane Castle and the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. The waterfalls put on their best displays during the Autumn Winter seasons.
Duration – 90 minutes
Minimum Charter Price – £210 covers up to 6 passengers
Price Per Person for a group of 6 or more passengers – £35
This is an adventurous tour which explores the coast from Ballycastle to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge as described above, crosses the ‘sound’ to explore the West and South coast of Rathlin including the upside down lighthouse, cliffs and kelp farming waters. A stop on the island of 60 – 90 minutes allows your group a chance to stretch their legs, explore the area, and visit the island pub. When back onboard we visit the Rue Lighthouse, Ushet Port and Fairhead cliffs.
Duration – 4 hours
Minimum Charter Price – £360 covers up to 6 passengers
Price per person for a group of 6 or more passengers – £60
Departing Ballycastle and crossing the sea to Rathlin Island this tour explores the whole east coast of Rathlin from the Rue Lighthouse to Ushet Port, to Bruce’s Cave and the East Lighthouse before enjoying views of Fairhead cliffs on the return journey.
Duration – 2 hours
Minimum Charter Price – £270 covers up to 6 passengers
Per person price for a group of 6 or more passengers – £45
This is an expedition from Newferry on the River Bann, through Lough Beg to Toome, travelling the full length of Lough Neagh to Coney Island for a tour and picnic. After your time exploring and experiencing Coney we travel to Ardboe, stop to enjoy this quiet fishing harbour and perhaps even a pint and packet of Tayto in the Battery Bar before the adventure continues on Lough Neagh. This tour is for a group of 6 or more on our 12 seater RHIB.
Duration – 5 – 6 hours
Price – £95 per person based on a group of 6 or more
As seen on the Channel 4 series Julia Bradbury’s Irish Journey this is an adventure from Antrim Marina, travelling south through Lough Neagh to Ram’s Island to explore this hidden gem rich in heritage, history and folklore. Bring your own picnic or dine at the Boathouse Antrim afterwards. Explore Antrim Castle gardens situated close by for a full day out.
Duration – 3-4 hours
Minimum Charter Price – £360 covers up to 6 passengers.
This journey is a story about heritage, from the sand industry to the stones and stories of the historic Shane’s Castle which sits on the shore of Lough Neagh. Beginning in Newferry this follows the gentle curve of the River Bann to Toome, through the Lock gates into Toome Bay. We travel from Toome Bay to Antrim Bay, disembarking at Antrim to walk, explore or dine before returning to Newferry.
Duration – 4 hours
Minimum Charter Price – £420 covers up to 6 passengers
This tour is a favourite for families – a gentle river cruise suitable for young children, delicate family members and nervous passengers. With a stop at Portglenone the children can enjoy the play-park at the marina and the family can dine at the Wild Duck pub and restaurant or Fullans café. This is also a great outing for Christmas parties. Book your boat tour and book your Christmas Dinner at the Wild Duck. Your skipper will be ready to take your group back to the Lock Keepers Cottage when you’re ready.
Duration – 3 hours
Minimum Charter Price – £320 covers up to 8 passengers