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Prehen Boathouse - Culmore Point

This 11km paddle rewards with a mosaic of bustling city sights, historic buildings, city walls, iconic bridges, wooded shore, wildlife and farming country!

6 miles (9.5 kms)
Nearest Town
Route Shape
OS Map
OSNI Sheet 7
Access Point
Prehen Boathouse - C427154
Egress Point
Culmore Point - C476223


Points of Interest

Riverwatch aquariam, Peace Bridge, Londonderry / Derry City, Lisahally Port


Set off from the car park and slipway at Prehen (on the A5 road, approx 3km south of the walled city of Derry~Londonderry) and pull out at the slipways at Culmore Point.  Near Prehen (just upstream) is Riverwatch, a free visitor attraction and aquarium.

En route, you will pass under 3 bridges – the double-decker Craigavon Bridge (which sits fairly low to the water), the new pedestrian and cycle “Peace Bridge” and Ireland’s longest – the Foyle Bridge.   You will also catch glimpses of the city skyline, including the historic Guildhall and the City Walls. 

Canoe access to the city and its attractions is available at the Foyle Marina near the walled centre of the city, as well as from the canoe steps upstream of Fort George. Stop off to explore the ancient city of Londonderry or Derry, with its intact 400 year old walls, many museums and Saint Columbs cathedral.

For refreshment, there are many delightful restaurants, cafes and bars, including some along the river front.

As you paddle downstream, leaving the city behind, you will notice the landscape becomes more and more wooded.  Watch out for the elusive otter - surprisingly, they are seen regularly, particularly in the early morning. Birdlife includes kingfisher, waders, ducks and geese (particularly in winter). Seals often venture into the river, probably pursuing some of the thousands of salmon making their way upstream to the spawning grounds high in the Sperrins and Donegal mountains.

Near your destination at Culmore Point, look to the right for old wooden jetties at Lisahally Port – this was the location of the mass surrender of the German U Boat fleet in 1945, at the end of World War II - an indication of the strategic importance during the Battle of the Atlantic of the naval base and four airfields centred on the Foyle. 

Remember you are paddling by a working port and you should stay close to the western shore, away from ships, cranes, tugs etc!

Getting to the Start

From Londonderry / Derry City follow the A5 south.  The access point is located beside the local rowing club.

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