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Fri, 11 May



Sail across the Vikings fjord

A tour with Europe's oldest ferry service.

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Sail across the Vikings fjord
Sail across the Vikings fjord

Time & Location

11 May 2018, 14:30 – 16:30

Strangford, Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7NL, UK

About the event

Meet at the Lower Green next to the ferry terminal in Strangford.

Discover two hidden gems of the Mourne Coastal Route uniquely connected by Europe's oldest ferry service. Beginning in Strangford we go on to explore the rich heritage of Portaferry. Meeting under the shadow of Strangford Castle will give some indication of the importance of this sleepy village. Home to Baron de Ros this place boasts an impressive Viking and maritime heritage. We then set sail on the ferry. Since 1180 a ferry has been in operation on the Lough making it one of the oldest in the world. ​

Once ashore in Portaferry we will then begin to count all of the castles we can see. Seven in total including one used for filming Game of Thrones! The town has a facinating social history being, as it is, virtually cut off from the rest of County Down. These include fascinating buildings including Ireland's oldest Methodist and Presbyterian churches. In Portico we will have the opportunity to try out our dexterity on the organ!

​Finishing at Portaferry Castle you are told about the turbulent centuries that followed the Reformation. How did a relic of Saint Patrick come to be at home in Portaferry in the 1800s? Who were the Savage's that lived here for 800 years? Having helped to develop the heritage trails you will also discover the buildings and places not included.


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    Includes ferry return.

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