DISTANCE

59.3 miles

South East Coast

Down

The south east coast of Northern Ireland is, in general, a straightforward area for the sea kayaker to enjoy. Along the coastline there are two main areas of more demanding water, namely Strangford Narrows and the mouth of Carlingford Lough, where the waters of these impressive sea loughs meet the Irish Sea.

As such, the trail has a great deal to offer sea canoeists of all abilities; a mixture of sheltered paddling within the loughs and along gentle stretches of coastline, contrasted with tide races and overfalls at the lough entrances to challenge even the most experienced paddler.

The area is abundant in marine wildlife and most of the coastline enjoys special designation status.Canoeists can expect to encounter a wide variety of birdlife, seals and even porpoises and other marine mammals. The trail starts at Strangford village with regular access points along its length to Narrow Water on Carlingford Lough. From here, the historic ship canal leads to Newry city. The trail can be paddled in sections and in either direction.

Please note: Carlingford Lough is an important shellfish fishery - primarily mussels and oysters. In places, oysters are cultivated in cages on trestles along the shore. These are submerged at high water and should not be disturbed. Watch out for mussel boats manoeuvring - they will turn sharply when fishing.

DISTANCE

59.3 miles

ROUTE TYPE

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OS MAP

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GRID REFERENCE

J5952450180

COUNTY

Down

NEAREST TOWN

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LANDSCAPE

Coastal

TERRAIN

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ON/OFF PUBLIC ROAD

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DIFFICULTY

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  • Access Egress Points
    Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com
  • Suitable For
    The south east coast of Northern Ireland is, in general, a straightforward area for the sea kayaker to enjoy. Along the coastline there are two main areas of more demanding water, namely Strangford Narrows and the mouth of Carlingford Lough, where the waters of these impressive sea loughs meet the Irish Sea. As such, the trail has a great deal to offer sea canoeists of all abilities; a mixture of sheltered paddling within the loughs and along gentle stretches of coastline, contrasted with tide races and overfalls at the lough entrances to challenge even the most experienced paddler.
  • Safety
    Canoeing is an adventure sport and as such should be treated with respect. If you are new to the sport, it is advisable to join an organized club or take some lessons with a canoeing provider, both options will offer expert coaching. Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com

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