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Sunrise in the East - Experience AND 2024

Tour departs from Portavogie Harbour, Portavogie, County Down, BT22 1EA
Ned Jackson Smith sculpture at Burr Point


Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2024. Click here to see the full programme.


Join East Coast Boat Tours for a boat trip like no other.  Simon and crew will welcome you aboard this early morning trip to watch the sunrise from the Eastern most point of the island of Ireland, departing from and returning to Portavogie Harbour, which is an attraction in itself as it is one of the main fishing ports in the province and is a seafood lover's paradise. The village is famous for its prawns and herrings, which have given rise to a fish processing industry as well as boat building.

If you are a keen photographer or simply want to capture some memories on your phone, a photographer will be on board to help you get the best shot.

There will be so much to see as the skipper and crew transit round the three Eastern most points of Ireland:
1: Cannon Rock - The Eastern most island
2: Portavogie - The Eastern most settlement
3: Burr Point - The Eastern most point of mainland.
Guests will also enjoy a warm drink as the sun rises before returning to shore. What a way to start your day!

Things to note
Meet 15m before, at 05.45am.

No concessions.

Safety restrictions - This experience is NOT suitable for anyone with epilepsy, back or spine issues, anyone who is pregnant and anyone with any other known issues that might be affected by the impact of wave (Whole Body Vibration).  Participants will be required to confirm to the provider that they are not affected by any of the above before boarding the boat.  If you have a family history of osteoporosis or are unsure of whether your medical condition may place you at risk, please consult your physician before booking. 

Age restrictions -  Minimum age 12 yrs. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult and also purchase a full price ticket.

Participants should wear warm clothing and waterproofs, suitable footwear such as trainers or walking/welly boots.

Tickets close 1 week before

Dietary requirements
Please ensure that you check with all members of your party regarding food allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements prior to booking tickets.
It is the responsibility of the ticketholder to inform a member of staff at the host venue about food allergies, intolerances and specific dietary requirements. 
This must be done 72 hours before the experience by contacting Simon:

Getting there

By Car: from Belfast follow the A20 to Newtownards.  At the end of the Kempe Stones Road and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit along Blair Mayne Road South.  Continue to follow the A20 onto the Portaferry Road for approx. 20miles following the signs towards Portavogie. Outside Kircubbin turn right on the Rubane Road and left onto Bog Road.  Then take a left and right onto New Harbour Road and continue along Harbour Road to destination. Free car park at Portavogie Harbour.

By Bus: See Translink NI website for bus departure and arrival times. Limited public transport

This experience is not suitable for anyone with back or spine issues, anyone who is pregnant and anyone with  any other known issues that might be affected by the impact of wave (Whole Body Vibration)
Any accessibility needs should be discussed directly with Simon, before booking.                                             Whilst we endeavour to make our experiences accessible for all, limitations can prevent this. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the experience cannot accommodate wheelchair users.

Where practicable providers within the Experience Programme will aim to accommodate carers and be as inclusive as possible. With such a diverse range of activities, operated by a number of providers, it is necessary for this to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, and they will be able to address your enquiry.


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All details subject to change.

Burr Point Sculpture Artist: Ned Jackson Smyth.

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Ticket£65.00 per ticket

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Opening Times

6am - 8am. Meet 05.45am (7 Sept 2024)

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