A Hidden Treasure of Lough Neagh
We embark on the journey to Coney Island from Toome Canal, outside the Lock-keeper’s Cottage. The tranquil cruise down Toome Canal is only interrupted by the water fowl and dragonflies that reside here. Pass through the historic Lock Gates at Toome and into Toome Bay where the 9000 year old human artefacts discovered here are amongst the oldest in Ireland.
Sailing through Lough Neagh we pass Ballyronan Marina and Ardboe Harbour and may come across the fishermen of the Lough who carry on the age old tradition of fishing for pollack and eels.
Arriving at Coney Island, an area of outstanding beauty will simply take your breath away. Here you will discover a rich history of stories about previous inhabitants, passed down by Peter McClelland, a caretaker and sole resident of Coney Island for nearly twenty years. Our skipper loves to retell Peter’s stories about the feuding O’Neills and the O’Connors in the area, and tales of the future King Edward VII staying on the island with his mistress, Lillie Langtry.
On Coney there is also long evidence of human settlement dating as far back as Neolithic times. There are historical ruins to see and a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as a resident mink and other wildlife. As well as a 13th century Anglo-Norman motte there is a 16th century round tower which harbours tales of buried treasure. The 120 year old summer house built by the 7th Lord Charlemont who owned the island, still stands, and was until recently home to Peter, the Robinson Crusoe of Coney Island.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, just bring all your rubbish home on the boat.
Toilet facilities are also available.
- Tour min time: 2h
- Great for: Sight-seeing, family day out, adventurers, photographers, historians, video producers, team building
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