THIS TOUR IS INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED BY BOYNE BOATS. IT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR AFFILIATED WITH HBO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ‘GAME OF THRONES’.
Boat Adventure 1
Paddle like an Iron Islander
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: €16 p.p.
Full Boat: €110*
(*person booking goes free)
Hop aboard and learn to paddle like a true Iron Islander from the hit TV show Game of Thrones! You and your hardy crew will work together as a team of eight to travel upstream to the site of the Battle of the Boyne. Capture the history of the Battle of the Boyne, the heritage of the currach and the fantasy of Game of Thrones is a not to be forgotten experience on the Boyne canal navigation.
Boat Adventure 2
Travel the full length of the canal. Hear and feel the battle as our sound enhanced experience puts you in the heart of the fighting.
THE BATTLE OF THE BOYNE BOAT ADVENTURE
Our purpose built boat takes you on a journey of fact and fantasy. Learn about the history of the Battle of the Boyne as we bisect the battle site. Hear what it was like to be on the battlefield as it happened.
Setting off from the sealock at the Lock keeper’s house, we travel upstream and around Oldbridge house – The Battle of the Boyne visitor centre. The canal measures 1.6km long and 10m wide at its widest point and is safe for beginners and families young and old.
As a crew of eight, you will receive some simple paddling and safety instruction and off you go under the steerage of an experienced helm/guide. Paddle together as a team to build up momentum and really highlight what you and your currach are capable of.
Along the way, you will hear of the main protagonists during the Battle of the Boyne – King James II to the South and King William III to the North. The canal now bisects what would have been the main fording point for the battle as it was the shallowest area of the river for King William’s forces to cross. Travelling along the canal gives the visitor the unique perspective to imagine the battle and with our audio enhanced experience, you will feel like you are right in the middle of the action!
The paddling techniques you will learn are the very same used to train the Iron Islanders in Game of Thrones, so you can imagine yourself heading off to Pike on a raid with Yara and Theon Greyjoy.
This is very much a ‘dry’ water activity and no wetsuit is required to participate. However, as it is still a boat on the water we always expect the unexpected.
We comply with the Dept. of Marine Code of Practice for the safe operation of recreational craft. Life jackets are provided for all participants: Solid foam for younger paddlers and automatically inflated life jackets for those a little older in the flesh if not in the mind!
As this is Ireland, we strongly recommend you consult the weather forecast for the day you have booked your boat adventure. Otherwise, it is best to dress warm and comfortable for a little exercise and bring rain gear just in case. Comfortable walking shoes or boots are smiled upon; high heels are not friends of skin boats and frowned upon!