Boat Tour of Strangford Lough ~ June 2011

Sunday past, 26th June, saw a merry band of almost 40 landlubbers setting sail on the good ship Saint Brendan for a memorable boat trip on Strangford Lough.

The trip organised for the Parish Social Committee by Josie Crawford, was a great success as young and old enjoyed the sights of the Lough from Portaferry right up to the Quoile estuary where Saint Patrick sailed and landed near Saul. We passed Killyleagh on the way and many of the islands on the lough returning via Strangford passing the ‘old’ ferry in dry dock and the ‘new’ ferry on its way from Portaferry. On our return journey we continued up the lough as far as the ‘SeaGen’ turbine and then turned and made our way back to our setting off point at the side of the ferry pier.

The afternoon was added to by our skipper and guide, Captain John Murray, who regaled us with interesting facts about the lough, its environs and the wildlife who live there including the seals at Seal Island. This added to the whole trip which lasted over two hours and all too soon we returned to shore and dry land. Despite the ‘bumpy’ conditions at times and the odd ‘soaking’ by unexpected waves, everyone agreed it was a huge success and many thanks to Josie and John for making it an unforgettable afternoon.