On the banks of Lough Foyle, Greencastle has a number of pontoons and will be suitable for day trips along the North Coast of Northern Ireland taking in the stunning scenery of the route known as the Causeway Coast. On the way you can marvel at the stunning scenery from the sea of Downhill Demesne, including the iconic circular monument – Mussenden Temple perched on the cliff edge above Downhill beach.
Next up is the Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy harbour, which was used as a filming location for the TV series Game of Thrones, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, and Rathlin Island to name but a few. We can stop for lunch at the coastal towns of Portstewart, Portrush or Ballycastle.
Greencastle is also an ideal starting point for a trip on Lough Foyle leading to Derry, also known as Londonderry or Doire, depending on which version you prefer ! It is steeped in history, and find out more at Derry
Embark from the pontoon at Bunagee for a day trip to Inishtrahull Island. There, you can enjoy a day on your own uninhabited island - except for the wildlife. Its geographical location and lighthouse attract many unusual birds and a mass of grey seals. Rabbits are in abundance and a couple of deer are still present as well. On the way there, you may experience basking sharks and dolphins which are a common sight during the summer months. The sea surrounding the island is littered with wrecks that were torpedoed during the war and are popular with divers. It is an underwater graveyard to German U-boats and one of the great losses was the Empire Heritage a ship of 15,702 tons which was carrying dozens of Sherman tanks.
It lies in shallow waters of less than 70 metres. Click the video to see amazing underwater footage of the tanks lying scattered on the sea bed. It is anticipated that some of these tanks and U-boats will be lifted in the near future to be viewed by the public. Inishtrahull was inhabited until 1929 when only the lighthouse keepers remained. With the lighthouse going automatic the last of the lighthouse keepers left circa 1987. The island is formed of a granitic gneiss and is dated at 1.7 billion years old. Other rock formations similar to this are to be found off southern Greenland and Scandinavia. The old wall steads are still present on the island, as is the school and graveyard.