Coach/Boat Trip to Lough Neagh

This year the Royal Canal Amenity Groups coach trip is heading to Lough Neagh and the Ram’s Island Heritage Project on Saturday 16th June.

The coach will departing Maynooth at 8.00am and Ashtown at 8.30am. The journey time to Lough Neagh is 2.5 hrs (including a pit-stop) to arrive at Sandy Bay for 11am approx.

Following a short ferry trip to Ram’s Island, across Lough Neagh from Sandy Bay Marina  on board the Island Warrior we will spend two to three hours as guests of the River Bann & Lough Neagh Association. A light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be provided, or you can bring your own, there is tea/coffee facilities on the island and toilet facilities.

On our return to journey we will stop in Dunleer for dinner

The all in cost of the coach and dinner is;

  • Royal Canal Group members; 33.00 euro.
  • Non members; 38.00 euro.
  • Children under 12; 18.00 euro.

You can book a place on our website at;

Booking is essential for this trip as limited spaces are available

Flight Around Rams Early Spring from Rams Island on Vimeo.

Ram’s Island is located approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the Eastern Shore of Lough Neagh. Rams is the largest island on the Lough. Lough Neagh was designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site in 1992, 1996 and 1976 respectively.

 It has been suggested that Rams was formed as a Glacial Esker. It is nearly one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide at the widest southern end. Notable features of the Island are a round tower (a scheduled ancient monument 58:16, the remains of a Celtic Monastic Settlement about a thousand years old) and the ruins of the O’Neill’s’ nineteenth century summer house. The Island was last permanently inhabited in the 1920s by the Cardwell family who were caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The remains of Cardwell’s harbour, left dry by the lowering of Lough Neagh, can be seen near the ruins of Cardwell’s little house.

The Island has quite a number of mature deciduous trees including Oak, Ash, Alder, Willow, Birch, Beech, Sycamore, Lime, Horse Chestnut, and unusually Walnut. There are Yew, Snowdrops, Bluebells, Primrose, Lords and Ladies (Jack in the Pulpit), Wild Mint, Wild Garlic, Lesser Celandine, Ferns and a carpet of Daffodils, depending on the season. Fungi such as Scarlet Elf’s Cap and Jelly Ear can also be found. There are also various Mosses and Lichens. Although overgrown, there are remains of a carriageway along the elevated central spine of the island. There are overgrown paths along the entire length of the Island. Its remote, wilderness and ‘lost in time’ qualities make Ram’s a pleasant and attractive place to visit.

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