As part of the celebratory events around Lough Neagh Fest, keen crusaders will be departing on days of discovery along the shores of the Lough to uncover what they can about the environment and archaeology.
The first of two guided tours begin on Saturday August 24th with a Bio-Enviro Bus Tour sponsored by Translink. Enthusiasts embark upon their environmental adventure at 10am where they will be given an on board introduction to the dynamic eco-system of Lough Neagh by the Environmental Officer for Lough Neagh, Alastair Fenn while en route to their first stop, Peatlands Park.
After an informative few hours at Peatlands Park, participants will hop back on board - addressed by Alastair Fenn with further on board commentary on the threats to Bog Habitats - where they will then make their way to Oxford Island disembarking at the location of the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre to enjoy their lunch and partake in a nature walk.
As the day draws to a close, patrons will then be given a final commentary en route home on shaping the future of Lough Neagh’s ecosystems once again by Alastair Fenn, which will round off an educational and thoroughly enjoyable day.
From habitats to history, archaeologist Moira O’Rourke will present a heritage tour on Monday August 26th with a guided excursion along the East of Lough Neagh’s shores, uncovering 9000 years of the Lough’s history.
With everything from Mesolithic hunters to American airmen, Moira will inform keen historians of the importance of the locations along the east of the Lough, beginning at Antrim Castle at 10am and rounding off the day in St. Mogawoges Church in Montiaghs enlightening everyone in between!
Places are available on both tours, for more information and to book a place on either of the tours contact Lough Neagh Partnership on 028 7941 7941 www.discoverloughneagh.com/events