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Craigavon Marinas - Northern Ireland

also known as Creag Abhann

Craigavon is a borough located in the Northern part of County Armagh, in South Central Northern Ireland. Get ready to discover a wonderful world of lakes, green forests, parks, islands, charming towns and villages and prepare for the friendliest welcome.

There are many ways to spend your time in a quality manner and all sort of activities suited for all ages. You can try angling (a type of fishing) on Blackwater River, Kinnego Bay, Lurgan Park Lake or Upper River Bann. Bird watching is very popular among tourist, as you will discover the wildlife, and you can do it in Maghery Country Park, Coney Island, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve and Portmore Lough Local Nature Reserve.

A day spent on a boat tour is never wasted; you can convince yourself of that by taking a trip to Lough Neagh River or Coney Island. Whether you have a bit experience or you are just a beginner and want to try new things, horseback riding is a good choice; try it at Meadows Equestrian Centre or Portmore Equestrian Centre. If you are travelling with kids and you want to spend a whole day of fun with your family, book a couple of hours at Ballydougan Pottery, C&J’s Animal Park, Cascades Leisure Centre. Other fantastic places include Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Lurgan Park or The Mad Hatter’s Adventure World.

Take some time and go on a tour of all the villages (Aghacommon, Aghagallon, Bleary, Dollingstown, Donaghcloney, Drumnacanvy, Magheralin, Waringstown) and towns (Central Craigavon, Lurgan, Portadown). The houses, the culture and heritage are just waiting to be discovered, and the locals will more than glad to tell you stories about the Irish past.

The geeks, the history enthusiasts and all those hungry for knowledge will not miss the chance of visiting every single museum and monument that cross their path, and for good reason. The Barn Museum holds an exhibit illustrating farming in the past. Brownlow House is a secular building with Elizabethan architecture. The Christian Heritage Trail follows the footsteps of Saint Patrick. Coney Island holds evidence of human occupation from 8000 BC and the Craigavon Museum has an exquisite collection of Quaker literature.

Are you willing to try to spend your holiday in a lovely country house? You can also choose a hotel, B&B, a guesthouse, caravan, campsite or a self-catering unit, but be sure you will be welcomed as an old friend. Enjoy the Irish hospitality in some of the best hotels in Craigavon: Ashburn Hotel, Seagoe Hotel. If hotels aren’t your thing and you are looking for a more cozy and personalized atmosphere, choose a B&B: Bannview B&B, Birches Guest Lodge, By Ways B&B, Cottage Country House. You may also want to consider Derrylodge B&B, Greygables, Glenmore Manor (18th century restored house), Newforge House (winner of Non Hotel Accommodation award in 2009). If you started this trip in a caravan, you could park it at Kinnego Marina & Caravan Park or Motorhome Hire NI.

Of course, you can always go to a self-catering apartment or cottage, located in picturesque villages. They will assure you that just one visit isn’t enough: Ballydougan Pottery Courtyard Cottages, Post House or The Stables at Edenmore. Eating out is a feast indeed, as the restaurants serve fresh fish, caught daily, the traditional Ulster Fry and other hearty delicacies, guaranteed to fill your tummy and keep you satisfied. Here are some of the popular eating places in Craigavon: Bailies Restaurant, Balydougan Restaurant, Palomo Bistro, Zio’s, Derryhirk Inn, Joe Mac’s, The Vintage Bar & Restaurant. Don’t miss Café Alana, Dowey’s Coffee Shop, The Pastry Works, The Yellow Door Deli, Truffles Coffee Lounge and Bluestone Restaurant. There is also a food festival you can attend, where you can meet the producers and buy fresh stuff right from the source: Apple Blossom Festival (May).