Paddle back in time

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

Paddle back in time is a kayak tour run in conjunction with NI Science Festival.


Paddle Back in Time – The Monks, the Vikings and the Smugglers of Strangford Lough
This award-winning event (National Heritage Week 2021) will take you on a kayak tour to Mahee Island following a traditional smuggling route undertaken by Daft Eddie and the Merry Hearts.
In Whiterock, you will be kitted out with wetsuit and buoyancy aid and briefed by local guide and kayak instructor Rory Martin. Rory grew up on Strangford Lough and has a real affinity and knowledge of the area, its waterways and heritage.
At Mahee Island Dr. Sarah Baccianti – researcher in literature and history of medieval Scandinavia. – will guide you through the ruins of the monastic site of Nendrum, life in the monastery in the Middle Ages, and the role played by the Vikings in the Strangford Lough area between the 9th and 11th centuries. Dr Frances Kane will join us on the 18th March (only) – linguist fluent in Irish language and a researcher in the origins of Northern Ireland’s place names for the project Place Names NI and OS200 – will guide you through the stories behind the place names of the area.

This in-person event focuses on the safe return to group activities post-Covid. Allowing the exploration of 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: 3 Hours
  • Price £50pp
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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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