Craigavon (population 78,200) is a new town in northeast Armagh beside the southern shores of Lough Neagh. It encompasses Portadown, Lurgan and the central Brownlow area. It boasts several specialist business parks and is connected to Northern Irelands' highly developed STAR communications network.
The southern shores of Lough Neagh are nearby, and situated here are the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, a marina, and the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, which is an interprative centre for Lough Neagh.
Craigavon Watersport Centre is situated beside the lake. Tel: +44 28 38342669.
Craigavon Golf & Ski Centre in Silverwood, Lurgan, has an outdoor artificial ski slope as well as golf and pitch & putt courses.
There are several public parks and leisure centres in the area.
There are three golf clubs: Lurgan Demesne (+44 28 38322087), Portadown (+44 28 38355356) and Silverwood in Lurgan (+44 28 38326606).
Belfast is 30 miles away on the M1. there are nine Ulsterbus buses a day travelling between Armagh and Belfast that stop in Portadown. The Belfast-Dublin train stops at Portadown and runs eight times a day. There is a more frequent train service serving Belfast from Portadown that also stops at Lurgan.
Craigavon Bus Station 028 38342511 Lurgan Train Station 028 38322052 Portadown Bus Station 028 38351422 Ulsterbus www.ulsterbus.co.uk NIR Travel Shop 028 90230671 Lurgan RUC Station 028 38325144 Craigavon RUC Station 028 38325144
A new 60 berth marina has just been opened by Sandy Bay Marina Ltd at 17a Shore Road, Lough Neagh opposite Rams Island. Located only three miles from the A26 (Airport Road) heading west on the Lough Road this is a very picturesque part of Northern Ireland often overlooked. Rams Island, with it's historical stone tower, has recently had it's infrastructure enchanced for tourism and is the ideal destination for a nature lover's day out - sight-seeing trips are being operated from the new marina.
In addition planning permission for holiday homes overlooking the marina has been granted and this phase of the development should be starting soon. Currently, there are a limited number of boat berths available to the public on a first come/first served basis at a special opening rate of £450 per year. Also available to let is a newly constructed 2000 sq.ft. workshop presenting a lucrative opportunity for a boat sales and repair business.
Kinnego Marina is the largest marina on Lough Neagh and the main excess point to the lough on its southern shore.
The marina has 191 berths for boats of all sizes and an extensive boat park for dry land storage.
The centre offers courses in boat handling, jet skiing, navigation, marine radio, water safety and first aid as well as providing facilities for the Kinnego Bushcraft Centre.
Why not relax at the Galley Café and enjoy a meal in the stunning surroundings of Oxford Island and Kinnego Bay.