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Trad & Tide Strangford Lough - Experience AND 2024

Tour departs from the slipway, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1PE
An aerial photo of portaferry


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


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Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and enjoy the splendour of Strangford Loughs' scenery and fascinating wildlife. Hop aboard the St Brendan from the shores of the picturesque fishing village of Portaferry, where your skipper will host you on an adventure of the lough, telling tales of St Patrick, taking in views of the landscapes used in the filming of the international TV Series "Game of Thrones", amongst others, while being entertained by local traditional Irish musicians, Clanreagh.

You will be sure to have a healthy appetite after your cruise, why not make a day of it and enjoy lunch in one of the villages inviting restaurants.

Things to note
No concessions

Those aged under 18 yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult and also purchase a full price ticket.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the boat trip.

The St Brendan does not have toilet facilities onboard. The nearest public toilet is a kiosk located near Exploris Aquarium.

Tickets close 24 hrs before activity


Getting there

By Car:  Belfast follow the A20 to Newtownards.  Follow the A20 along Kempe Stones Road to Newtownards.  At the roundabout take the 3rd exit along Blair Mayne Road South.  Take exits towards the Portaferry Road. Continue along the Portaferry Road for approx.20miles following the road signs towards Portaferry.  Continue through Portaferry Town, turn right onto Shore Road. The harbour is located on the Shore Rd, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1JZ. Parking available at the Rope Walk car park near Exploris Aquarium.

Car parking | Ards and North Down Borough Council

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

By car or foot via the Strangford Ferry that services between Stangford and Portaferry.


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 ANDBC will aim to accommodate carers and be as inclusive as possible. Due to the variety and nature of the programme this requires assessment on a case-by-case basis. If you require further information in relation to this, please call Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, and they will be able to address your enquiry.


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11am-1pm (16 June 2024)

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