Our tours offer both seasoned and budding historians the opportunity to explore legendary historical relics and locations as well as more obscure places of historical interest.
Our Skippers are OCN Accredited Tour Guides for Northern Ireland and have a deep appreciation of local history and a passion to share it with our passengers. Our tour sites offer a chance to learn about important historical events as well as more personal stories about the people who lived or worked at these sites. Sharing these stories and highlighting how meaningful these places are plays an important role in preserving our heritage and providing a valuable and authentic experience.
Follow the world famous story of Titanic from Belfast Harbour to Blackhead Lighthouse or contemplate the impressive Victorian engineering of the Gobbins Cliff Path walk. The enthralling spectacle of Dunluce Castle and the Mermaids Cave is only rivalled by its turbulent history of battles and tragedies, and not far away lies the wreck of the Girona, the largest ship of the Spanish Armada. These are just a few of the historical experiences we offer.
On the serene waters of Lough Neagh there lies a rich and diverse history. Whilst the eel fishermen and sand barges quietly work, an array of ancient religious sites, medieval ruins and historic houses go undisturbed. Ireland’s finest High Cross at Ardboe has overlooked the lough for one thousand years while a 16th century castle nestles on its North Eastern shore. Lough Neagh’s hidden treasures, Ram’s Island and Coney Island both hide historical ruins and tales of rebellion, romance and betrayal and can be explored on foot.
The River Bann or Bhan Abha, which means “white river” in Irish Gaelic, was the main stay for industrial traffic at the heart of Northern Ireland’s linen, whiskey and coal producing era. It has also been a significant frontier with battles and conflicts throughout the eras of the Gaels, Tudors, Stuarts and Williamites. Europe’s largest wild eel fishery at Toomebridge continues an industry which has sustained Lough Neagh fishermen for centuries and Church Island or Inis Taoide on Lough Beg has been the destination of an annual pilgrimage since 1910 and was the site of an early Christian settlement in the 5th Century. Along the river there are stories and relics of World War Two including the Nissan huts in Portglenone forest where American soldiers rested.
History Trip Bucket List
- The Victorian Cliff Path walk at The Gobbins
- Lighthouses of Ireland including three on Rathlin and Blackhead on Belfast Lough
- The castles including Kinbane, Dunluce, Carrickfergus and Shane’s Castle
- Iconic sites Carrick-a-Rede and the Giant’s Causeway
- Bruce’s Cave on Rathlin Island
- The Torpedo Platform from World War Two on Lough Neagh
- The Eel Fishery on the River Bann Heritage Tour
- Patrick’s Pilgrimage journeys South from the River Bann, through Lough Neagh to Coney Island