A Boat Trip & Day Out in Toome

The Goddess boat trip at Toome

Toome is a thriving village on the northern shores of Lough Neagh, where the Lower Bann River meets Lough Neagh. It has been an important meeting place and crossing point for centuries. In recent years Toome has undergone a transformation and until now the locals have kept this hidden gem to themselves.

A boat trip from Toome to Lough Neagh is one of our signature tours, you’ll pass through the lock gates, which is a fascinating experience watching the lock keeper open the gates the old fashioned way, you will see the water levels rise or fall and hear all about the heritage of the gates. The boat will continue along the canal before opening out onto Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Britain & Ireland.

Lough Neagh is an important industrial resource, operating commercial fishing, sand extraction and is also the biggest source of drinking water in Northern Ireland. But Lough Neagh is also brimming with folklore, flora and fauna, all of which you’ll hear about on the trip. You’ll be captivated by the regions’ heritage and culture, as evidenced by the array of ancient religious sites, medieval ruins and historic houses. At the end of the boat trip, you will certainly want to explore further on foot! Full details of the tour can be found HERE.

Toome Canal Walk

This is a 1.2-mile, off-road walk on paved pathways along the banks of Toome Canal. During the walk you’ll see the remains of the Carlisle bridge from the old railway, closed in the 1950’s, looking across to your right, you should be able to see the sluice gates, which control the level of Lough Neagh – there are three sets of flood gates which allow the water to remain navigable during periods of dry weather and drain excess water during wet periods to prevent flooding of surrounding farmland.

The Point at Toome Canal

Continue walking until you reach the shores of Lough Neagh, where a viewpoint provides wide panoramas across Lough Neagh. You will discover the remains of the late 17th century Toome Castle. It was one of several defensive castles constructed around the Lough shore during the 1600s. Click for more details

Parts of the worldwide phenomenon “Games of Thrones” was filmed on the river adjacent to the Lock Keepers Cottage, so why not complete your visit with a photograph taken where Tyrion Lannister travelled through!

Canoeing / Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Toome

Toome is a popular location for watersports and is located along the Lough Neagh canoe trail, which cover approx 90 miles of shoreline, it also links to the Lower Bann canoe trail – all the way to the Atlantic ocean. During the summer months there are various opportunities to try canoeing or stand up paddle boarding , fully guided with all the equipment provided. Click HERE for full details about the canoe trail.

Where to Eat (Based on a local poll)

Breakfast – Grans Cafe on Main Street, Toome

Gran’s Cafe, Toome

Lunch – The Salad Bar @ Boyd’s Mace, Main Street, Toome

The Salad Bar at Mace, Toome

Afternoon Tea – The Lock Keepers Cottage, Railway Street, Toome

Afternoon Tea at the Lock Keepers Cottage, Toome

Dinner – The O’Neill Arms Hotel, Main Street, Toome

Sunday Roast Dinner at the O’Neill Arms Hotel, Toome

Fish & Chips – The Fried Fish Warehouse, Toome

Enjoy our local specialty, a Pollan supper. Pollan is a freshwater white fish found only in Ireland.

Ice-cream – Ben’s Studio, Main St, Toome

Ben’s Studio for Ice-cream & treats, Toome

Toome Fair

Toome Fair

Toome Fair is the oldest horse fair in Ireland, it takes place annually on Easter Monday along the main street in Toome. It is the highlight of the year in Toomebridge with people travelling from far and wide to join in with the festivities. When the fair opens again in 2022 it will be extra exciting, a day jam-packed full of activities for all. Everything from amusements to stalls and horses, this past few years have seen the one and only Hugo Duncan from BBC Radio Ulster take to the stage, keeping everyone entertained with local acts and live music.

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