Boat Tours

Boat Tours NI – Strangford Lough Boat Tours offer public and private trips, experiences and even a waterborne taxi service on the beautiful, protected waters of this incredible sea lough. Available for all people of all ages as well as to film crews and photographers, environmentalists or historians. Our aim is to allow others to enjoy this wonderful designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

History, Heritage and Wildlife

Our boat tours generally begin at the historic Sketrick Castle and explain the history behind the monuments, monasteries, islands, rocks and wrecks. From invaders to Vikings, smugglers to Kings, this lough has seen just about everything. Steeped in history, even locals will get an eye-opener at some of what has happened over the centuries on Strangford, or Lough Cuan, as it was once better known. We’ll help you understand the necklace of stone forts that surround the lough, explain some of the flora and fauna, the sea life and the wildlife. We will also take you to places you could not reach; to the islands, each with their own astonishing story and geography. Find out where a King slept, see where the hostages were confined. Furthermore, take the route St Patrick sailed when he landed in Ireland for a second time.

Food & Drink

High Tea at Sea is an experience arranged on request for full boat charter. Partnering with OPO in Lisbane we can offer afternoon tea on the boat. Ideal for special occasions. There are also pubs you can visit, top restaurants at which to be diverted, sunrises and sunsets to enjoy with a coffee or a glass of something else.

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From structured boat tours to bespoke events, we can take you there as quickly or slowly as you please. Our commercially coded RIB boat can reach speeds of up to 40 knots, or sail along at a peaceful pace. Enjoy the incredible scenery, seals and, if you’re very lucky, the odd dolphin, whale or porpoise.

So, get the wind in your hair, clear your head and leave your troubles in your wake. We’re here to get you afloat.

Public & Private Tours

We run public boat trips on weekday evenings and throughout the weekend.
Private charter tours are available for sunsets and early weekend sunrises – exclusively book the whole boat!

Monday – Thursday

  • 6 – 7:30pm
    (Public tour or Private full boat charter sunset tour)

Tour Pricing

  • Public tour = £40 per person
  • Private charter tour = £300 = 17% discount

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • 6am – 8am (Private full boat charter sunrise tour)
  • 10am – 11:30am (Public tour)
  • 12pm – 1:30pm (Public tour)
  • 2pm – 3:30pm (Public tour)
  • 4pm – 5:30pm (Public tour)
  • 6pm – 7:30pm
    (Public tour or Private full boat charter sunset tour)

Please Note: We have resisted increasing prices despite the hike in fuel costs, but it is necessary to have a minimum of 4 people per trip to make the tours viable. If we do not have enough passengers booked on a trip you will be notified at least two hours in advance and receive a full refund.

Request a tour booking with us

You can select available tour times below and pay by credit or debit card.
Please complete payment within 30 minutes of placing your booking to complete your order.

Private Tour Discounts / Whole Boat Charter

Bespoke tours & trips arranged on request. Are you planning a birthday surprise, a different mode of transport for your wedding, corporate entertainment or maybe you work in the film industry? We receive many different requests and can make the boat and driver available on request. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


Important Information

  • Suitable for ages 3+
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Bring a light waterproof jacket
  • Lifejackets Provided
  • Not suitable for expectant mothers during pregnancy, or anyone with a historical or current back condition or Epilepsy


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