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Created on: Tuesday, 05 January 2016. Posted in: News

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Kircubbin Heritage Guide

Created on: Thursday, 20 August 2015. Posted in: News

Discover the Wonderful Heritage of Kircubbin with a Free Guided Wildlife Shore Walk on Friday 28th August

As part of the launch of our Kircubbin Heritage Guide the Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnership have organised a guided shore walk with the DOE Strangford Lough Ranger, Jen Firth.  Jen will show you how to make the most of...


Created on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Young People Take to the Water


Skiffie Worlds 2016

Created on: Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Skiffie Worlds 2016

We are very excited to be hosting the Skiffieworlds 25th to 30th July 2016 here in Strangford Lough Co Down, Northern Ireland, the event is...


Created on: Friday, 12 June 2015. Posted in: News

Wonderful news! The beautiful tall ship Johanna Lucretia

Created on: Thursday, 11 June 2015. Posted in: News

Wonderful news! The beautiful tall ship Johanna Lucretia that arrived in for our Festival to Cook St Quay in Portaferry is offering sailing trips in the Lough on Friday (tomorrow), Saturday and Sunday.
This is a great opportunity but places are limited to twelve lucky people per sailing, so first come first served. Prices are £15 per adult and £10 per child under 15 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are provided.
Friday 12th June: embark 8:50am and disembark 10:50am
Saturday 13th June: embark 10:00am and...

World Championships Come to Strangford Lough

Created on: Thursday, 04 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland, has been selected as the venue for a major, international coastal rowing event, "Skiffieworlds 2016"; it was announced today, by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA). 800 competitors, some from as far away as the United States and Tasmania, and up to 60 boats, are expected to participate in these World Championships for the St Ayles' Skiff class of coastal rowing boat. The event will be hosted by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP), working closely with the SCRA, and with the support of local councils and...

The Narrows Challenges 2015

Created on: Wednesday, 03 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

The Narrows Challenges 2015 will take place on the morning of  Saturday the 13th June as part of the Strangford Lough Festival.  
The Elite race at 10am is for each clubs best team, the winning boat will lift the Narrows Challenges trophy as won by Killyleaghs Skart last year. There will be 2 shorter sprint races, the ladies race commences at 11am and the men set of at  11:30am.
The coastal rowing races can be viewed from both Portaferry and Strangford Villages. 
There will a prize giving along the Shore front in Portaferry.

Strangford Boat Scoops Ocean to City Trophy

Created on: Tuesday, 02 June 2015. Posted in: News | Strangford Lough Festival News | Coastal Rowing News

Strangford's rowing boat, "Strangfjorthr" won a prestigious, perpetual trophy at the Ocean to City, international coastal rowing race in Cork at the weekend for the best finished and most beautiful boat out of the 165 competitors. The 22 foot St Ayles' Skiff was built last year by and for the local community as part of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership's coastal rowing initiative and she is the pride of the village. She was named by local schoolchildren.
The build team was led by local boat-builder, Jeremy Duffin, and his loving care and attention to detail shows in every...

Discover the Wonders of the sea in Portaferry

Created on: Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Strangford Lough Festival News

Sea slugs are often called butterflies of the sea because of their fabulous shape and colour

Holding marine creatures, using an underwater spyball camera, squelching in the seaweed, and getting into a real marine laboratory are just some of the things you can do when our marine world is uncovered in Portaferry on Saturday 13th June.

Heritage Day 21st March Portaferry

Created on: Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Projects News | Turn o' the Tide News | Trails Maps & Guides News | Townlands & Gateways News

Come Celebrate Portaferry's Wildlife and Built Heritage on 21 March
Hedgerows, woodland, sea shore and magnificent buildings are just some of the features of Portaferry's incredible heritage and on Saturday 21 March, St Mary's Primary school, in association with the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is inviting everyone to get out and enjoy it.
The event will run from 11am to 3pm with lots of family activities. You can learn some bush skills with the National Trust at Nugent's Wood, plant some trees and get up close to marine beasties with Ulster Wildlife's Touch Tank at...

BBC Countryfile Film Skiffs in Ardglass

Created on: Thursday, 05 March 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

BBC Countryfile came to Ardglass to film the St Ayles skiffs that have been built in communities around the coast from Donaghadee to Dundrum, Helen Skelton was filmed rowing Kircubbin's Black Neb Vixen and helping with some boat building.  The programme will be going out on BBC 1 Sunday 15th of March 2015 18.50 make sure you watch.  

Could you be a heritage guide?

Created on: Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Maritime Heritage Guide Training

Could you be a Maritime Heritage Guide?

County Down needs more heritage guides and now you can get free training with recognised qualifications and lots of support to share your interest in our maritime history, wildlife, buildings and special sites and perhaps set up a part-time business. Even if you would just like to give tours and presentations for your community, your school or other groups, this short Maritime Heritage Guide course will help you to build up your knowledge and stories and also give you the techniques, confidence and practical skills to lead a group as well...

Townlands and Gateways

Created on: Monday, 12 January 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Projects News

Farmers and landowners invited to participate in
townlands and gateways project

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are restoring tradition gateways as part of our townlands and gateways project and are asking local farmers and landowners to get involved. We restore sets of traditional gates and stone gateposts at no cost to the farmer. Through this work we hope to provide opportunities for local people to find out more about traditional farm practices and built heritage on their land. We have already...

Icebreaker St Ayles Skiff Dundrum Coastal Rowing Event

Created on: Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Coastal Rowing News

St. Ayles Skiff Race

Dundrum 27 December 2014

Weather permitting, on 27 December, when at least a partial recovery will have been achieved from the indulgences of...

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