Foyle Maritime Festival – experience it from the water


Thousands of people will be heading North West to the Foyle Maritime Festival which will be taking place from July 14-22. Live It Experience It member Far and Wild will be offering visitors two very different experiences on the water. Eleanor McGillie chats with Lorcan McBride about what’s on offer

Everyone is gearing up for one of the biggest events on the North West – the Foyle Maritime Festival and what a fantastic opportunity this is to experience the city from the water.

How often have you admired the River Foyle but wondered what the walled city must look like from out on the water? Whether it’s swimming across it, flying above it or sailing along it, your options are endless at this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival.

Far and Wild is one of the many tourism businesses which will be offering visitors a fantastic opportunity to see the city from the water.

Lorcan McBride, of Far and Wild, says their experiences are not to be missed, said: “Far and Wild is offering two very different experiences on the water. The Foods of the Foyle Tour will see our visitors travel by canoe along Lough Foyle on a two hour historical and gastronomical tour which will include a wild camping experience as well as savouring local produce.

“Alternatively, the stand up paddle board yoga sessions will see you swap a yoga mat for a paddle board – but no experience of either yoga or stand up paddle boarding is required. All you need is an open mind to try something new. Both activities depend on the tide but pre-booking is essential.

Far and Wild SUP Tours during the Foyle Maritime Festival - a Live It Experience It member

“The Foyle Maritime Festival is a one-off opportunity to showcase the amazing assets of the River Foyle. Far and Wild is embracing the occasion with both arms to offer two new tours to the visiting public.

“Our SUP Yoga sessions take place at Foyle Marina and will be eye-catching and fun.

“Further downstream at Culmore Point we will run a special Foods of Mananan Kayak tour on the Lough sampling the best of local organic tasty bites. Come along and get on the River during the festival. We would like to thank the Loughs Agency as the funding body of these experiences.

To book your place on the foodie kayak tour click Foodie Kayak Tour

To book your place on the SUP Yoga Tour click SUP Yoga Tour

Kevin Wilson, Director of Development with the Loughs Agency said: “The Loughs Agency is looking forward to the Maritime Festival as an opportunity to highlight the potential of the Foyle for the development of marine tourism. A range of exciting trips and taster sessions has been arranged, in partnership with local activity providers, to showcase what can be enjoyed on the river – canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding.”

Two of the Tall Ships will also be docked along the riverside for anyone who wants to enjoy an older style of sail. The Phoenix, star of countless TV and movie productions, returns while the Kaskelot makes its Foyle Maritime Festival debut. Visitors can explore the ‘mini museum’ while finding out what skills it takes to sail and maintain such a ship. The crew will be on hand to answer questions.

Jessie Atkinson, Ship Operations Manager, said: “We are very excited to be bringing Kaskelot to Foyle for the Maritime Festival 2018. It is a particular treat to be coinciding with a stopover for the Clipper Race yachts, an opportunity to see traditional and modern sailing vessels side by side. We look forward to dropping our gangway and opening for visitors – see you there!”

For further information of the events taking place visit for information on start times, durations, prices and booking tickets for all events. Note that a minimum age restriction may apply in the interests of safety and supervision. Pre-booking is highly recommended.

Kaskelot0314-RT0253 - The Foyle Maritime Festival

Image: The Tall Ship ‘Kaskelot’ which will make its debut at this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival.
Far and Wild is a Live It Experience It Member

Live It Experience It’ is a group of tourism businesses working together to promote our region through water, air and land based activities, food and drink and great places to stay. If you would like to become a member business in our ‘Live It Experience It’ cluster please submit your information through our online form –  Sign Up Here. Pitch your business and meet like minded tourism businesses who you could cluster with. #liveitexperienceit

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About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps. Eleanor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at Associate Level