Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-Operative

Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-Operative

The Visitor Centre at Lough Neagh Fisheries is a unique visitor experience which celebrates the skills, traditions, and heritage of the Lough Neagh fishing community. Guided Tours allow you to immerse yourself into the history and culture of the unique fishing industry reflected here in Toome. You will learn about the fascinating life cycle of the eel and even “Meet & Greet” some freshly caught eels (seasonally dependent), you will also find out about the coarse fish species in Lough Neagh, i.e., Pollan, Perch and Trout.

There are various tours available:

  1. Basic Guided Tour (1hr 30mins)
  2. Tasting Tour with samples of smoked eel, pollan and perch fillet, served with tea, coffee, and shortbread. (2hrs 30mins)
  3. Afternoon Tea Tour – includes all of the above along with scones and traybakes. (2hrs 30mins)

The Minimum group size is 10 people and there are concessions available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please Contact the fishery for current prices and bookings.

After you have learnt about the silver eel weir outside you will have the opportunity to listen to a recording of Seamus Heaney reading his poem “A Lough Neagh Sequence”. This is at the site of the beautiful sculpture “The Eel Works” part of “Open Ground” and extension of the Heaney Homeplace experience which links the landscapes and literature of Seamus Heaney.

Contact Details

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

  • Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society
  • 4 Bannside
  • Toomebridge
  • Antrim
  • BT41 3SB

Coords: 54.7581966, -6.4639337

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