Paddle back in time

Paddle back in time is an event run in conjunction with NI Science Festival.

Paddle Back in Time – The Vikings of Strangford Lough

Kayak Tour & The Smugglers

Paddle Back in Time in Strangford Lough (Co. Down)

18th and 19th August 2021 at 10am.

This project brings together Unlocking the Vikings and Heritage Walks NI, Spreading the Words (a project of the electronic Dictionary of the Irish language), Northern Ireland Place-Names Project, Strangford Lough Activity Centre and the Northern Ireland Science Festival. During this event we explore the tangible and intangible culture of Strangford Lough, from medieval times to the modern day, using tales from the Middle Ages, place and personal names, historical records and orally collected traditions. We will do so while kayaking together.

Starting from the shoreline in Whiterock, you will be kitted out with wetsuit and buoyancy aid. Followed by a briefing from kayak instructor Rory Martin. Taking in the scenic beauty, archaeological gems and Christian heritage, you will follow a traditional smuggling route undertaken by Daft Eddie and the Merry Hearts.

Once we arrive at the Nendrum monastic site, Sarah Baccianti, Frances Kane and Sharon Arbuthnot will guide you through the history, the stories and the traditions of Strangford Lough including: Nendrum sundial and unique tide mill, the role played by the Vikings in the Strangford area, and discover the origin of the place names of the villages surrounding Nendrum.

This in-person event focuses on the safe return to group activities post-Covid, exploring the outdoors and the heritage at our doorstep. Moving the body and engaging the mind whilst adventuring into the waters of Strangford Lough.

  • What’s Included: All Equipment, Tuition, Guide & Historian
  • Tour length: 2.5 Hours
  • Price £45pp
  • Date: 18th &19th August 2021
  • Time: Meeting at 10:00


Kayak Tour | Mahee Castle | Nendrum Monastic Site | Petrel Lightship | Sketrick Castle | Northern Ireland | Strangford Lough | County Down | Northern Ireland Science Festival

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