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Lower Bann Navigation

Lower Bann Navigation

The Lower Bann is navigable from Lough Neagh to the sea at the Barmouth between Castlerock and Portstewart Strand.

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With only five locks (one a double lock) there are long rural stretches of open water allowing for some leisurely cruising along this wonderfully tranquil waterway.

The Lower Bann is very popular for water-sports, angling and cruising alike. There are plenty of opportunities in place to accommodate varied interests. Privately owned boats navigate Lough Neagh where a myriad of additional recreational opportunities await.

Alternatively some boats may head to sea to visit the outstanding attractions of the spectacular Giant's Causeway, Rathlin Island and the towns and islands along the North Coast.

The Lower Bann is clearly a haven for water-sports, with a range of water based activities and tuition for the novice and experienced in waterskiing, wakeboarding, and knee-boarding. Careful zoning ensures that all activities are conducted with safety and enjoyment in mind. Rowing and canoeing are available via a number of active clubs on the system with waterskiing being widely practiced and actively encouraged in dedicated zones. Jet-skiing has its base at Newferry and powerboating promises a real taste of adventure. The Giant's Causeway is so close to the Lower Bann it's no surprise that visitors will discover a rich and dramatic history. Also well worth the visit is the accessible Mountsandel Fort outside Coleraine which is the earliest known human settlement in Ireland at 7000 years old. On the North Coast, a short distance from the Lower Bann, you can enjoy a number of thrilling spectacles; the North West 200 motorcycle race is recognised as one of the premier road racing events in Europe, or look to the skies for the NI International Airshow.

If you're looking for heritage and history along the navigation there's also plenty to explore along the banks of the River Bann. Why not visit Toome Waterways Heritage Centre & Café. You can read more about that by clicking here.

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Ballymoney Town Hall Arts, Museum and Tourist Information

1 Townhead Street
Ballymoney
Antrim
BT53 6BE

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Ballyronan Marina & Caravan Park

135a Shore Road Ballyronan, Magherafelt, Londonderry, BT45 6JA

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Bann Boat Hire

Cranagh Marina, 78 Coleraine Road, Coleraine,  BT52 1SD

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Bann Rowing Club

12 Lismurphy Ave, Coleraine,Co Londonderry,BT51 3QN

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Beguided

33 New Row, Kilrea, Co.Londonderry, BT51 5TA

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Causeway Lass- Deep Sea Fishing

Causeway Lass

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Coleraine Visitor Information Centre

Coleraine Town Hall, 35 The Diamond, Coleraine BT51 1DP

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Coleraine Yacht Club

The Marine 4,Portstewart Road,Coleraine,County Londonderry BT52 1RN

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Coney Island

Kinnego Marina , Kinnego Marina Oxford island Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Co Armagh, BT66 6NJ

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Drumaheglis Marina & Caravan Park

36 Glenstall Road Ballymoney BT53 7QN

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Flowerfield Arts Centre

Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, Co Londonderry, BT55 7HU

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Funky Monkeys - children's indoor play centre

Funky Monkeys, Unit 5 Pinehurst Retail Park Kitchen Hill, Lurgan, Co Armagh, BT66 6AZ

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