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Paddle back in time in Strangford Lough (Co. Down)

Paddle back in time in Strangford Lough (Co. Down)

Sarah Baccianti
Unlocking the Vikings, Heritage Walks NI and Strangford Lough Activity Centre

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 a 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.

Please contact the event organisers (details below) for the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures and to register for this event

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