Rowing on the Lagan.
While meeting new people can seem daunting, when you’re all pulling together, and rowing a curragh on the River Lagan, the nerves get put well and truly on the back burner.
And we did that last weekend, on the Bout Yeh Lagan Currachs Row, from Belfast’s Lagan Weir Lookout to the weir just south of Cutters Wharf, where we stopped on the river for a picnic, before returning to where the journey began.
Once the nerves had calmed, and we managed to sync our rowing, we enjoyed the cameraderie, and the sights and sounds of Northern Ireland’s capital, from our ancient form of transport.
Many thanks to our hosts Tim and Naimh, of Lagan Currachs, who also provided light refreshents on the trip.
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Story by Bout Yeh photographers Belfast
Pictured at Lagan Weir are (back from left) Jasmin, Bout Yeh photographer Stephen, between Lagan Currachs big kahuna’s Tim and Niamh, with Jasmin and (middle from left) Lynne, Sharon, Fran, and (front, from left) Mairead, Kelly and Sheena.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was great to meet new people, learn about Lagan Currachs and see Belfast from a completely different perspective. Best of all, it was a great workout while being great fun.
I really enjoyed the row because it offered the opportunity to see my city from a completely different perspective. It was lovely to connect with new people and to learn from Niamh and Tim about the process of building the Currach. Very impressive story!
My three boys and husband really enjoyed the row too and the kids were over the moon at getting the chance to steer and row for themselves.
Overall, a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon, get some exercise and enjoy Belfast from the river.
It was great to see Belfast from the Lagan. I’ve never rowed through my city before, and going out country bound in the sunlight and then back again as it was getting dark was lovely.
Thanks Bout Yeh!
It was great to be able to zone out and take in the sights of Belfast from a different perspective.
Having no rowing experience it was a challenge to keep going for the 2 hours, but floating on the Lagan having tea, biscuits, and taking in the views made the blisters worth it.
Rowing on the river Lagan, having grown up in Belfast, gave me the chance to see Belfast from a completely different perspective.
My love for the city, has only grown bigger. Best place ever!
Great row! There were several things I enjoyed about the row including the fresh air, exercise and company, but the most enjoyable part of the row was being able to see Belfast from a different perspective, as we rowed along the picturesque meandering river .
A calm escape in the middle of a city, on a vessel made with such skill and craftsmanship from many moons ago.
An experience I’ll never forget.