Skiffies ready for return to lough for rowing event

Skiffies ready for return to lough for rowing event

18 July 2018

THIS month sees the return of the Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival to Delamont Country Park.

The event runs from July 27 to 29 when international competitors and locals will descend upon the lough in their community-built skiffs for an action-packed weekend of rowing.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the racing as well as enjoying a range of free family centred activities including boat trips, live music, model air craft displays and a food village.

The festival marks the first of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

Around 20 races take place across the weekend, with teams competing from across the island of Ireland and Scotland. 

Councillor Mark Murnin, chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, said: “The Skiffie Festival is a highlight of the Giant Adventures programme.

“The breathtaking setting of Strangford Lough and picturesque nature of Delamont Country Park presents the ideal location for this wonderful competitive racing and family fun festival. 

“Following the excitement of the Skiffie World Championships in 2016 and last year’s successful Skiffie Festival, we are delighted to host this thrilling weekend, once again.’’

For further information about the Skiffie Festival and the Giant Adventures programme visit