Please select a section below to find out more about facilities at Kinnego Marina.
Craigavon Commission obtained the land here in 1972 before passing it onto Craigavon Borough Council. The marina was opened in 1983 with 53 berths and the staff worked from a small wooden hut. In 1985 the staff moved into 2 portacabins, the first boat park was built and boat trips started in Trostan. Between 1985 and 1987 the Toilet Block and Caravan Park where built. The boat trips continued in Trostan until 1992 when they transferred to the new motor cruiser, Master McGra.
The new jetties started being built and this continued until their completion in 2007. In 2005 the new office block was built containing office space, toilet and shower facilities, storage and equipment rooms and a café. This saw the demolition of the portacabins!
Today the site thrives with public interest, we have 181 berths, caravanning, camping & glamping, run numerous boating and boat related courses, slipway access to Lough Neagh and a popular café.
THE MAIN GATE & PUBLIC TOILETS
April – 9.00am – 8.00pm
May & August – 9.00am – 9.00pm
September – 9.00am – 8.00pm
October – 9.00am – 7.00pm
November to March – 9.00am – 6.00pm
KINNEGO MARINA OFFICE
April – 9.00am – 7.00pm
May & August – 9.00am – 8.00pm
September – 9.00am – 7.00pm
October – 9.00am – 6.00pm
November to March – 9.00am – 5.00pm
There are various car parking facilities here, including disabled car parking bays. Toilets are available in the Toilet Block, where disabled facilities are accessible via your radar key. Also in the main reception building toilets, showers, including disabled facilities and a baby change facility are all available. This building is fully accessible.
As we are set within Oxford Island Nature Reserve, there are networks of all access walking trails, bird watching hides, open water, wildlife ponds, forests and wildflower meadows. Keep your eyes peeled for the woodland animals, birds and insects that live here.
Play Park & Outdoor Gym
The play park here was installed in 2018. The equipment offers and supports a range of interesting and stimulating play opportunities for children and young people between the ages of 2-14 (children should always be accompanied by an adult). The outdoor gym was installed in 2015, set beside the play park, both in the natural setting of Kinnego Marina.
BBQ & Picnic Facilities
There is space for visitors to have a BBQ and picnic, perfect for warm summer evenings. Our picnic tables are provided with a metal rack for setting disposable BBQ’s on, please do not set BBQ’s directly on the grass. Red bins are provided to dispose of your BBQ’s.
First Aid and AED
First Aid and Defibrillator are located at reception. There is also a public access Defibrillator located at in the old BT phone box located beside the toilet block. Access to this is via calling 999, instructions are printed on the phone box.
Kinnego Bushcraft Centre
The Bushcraft Centre caters for both groups and individuals The centre offers tuition in outdoor wilderness survival skills, canoeing, archery, 3D archery, shelter building and wild woodland camping.
We also organise expedition trips for canoeing and camping in the rivers and islands around Lough Neagh.
About the Marina
With a base at Kinnego Marina, the largest marina on the Lough, you will be within easy reach of many tourist attractions including Coney Island, Ardboe, Rams Island, Ballyronan and Antrim, with access to the Atlantic through the Lower Bann River. You can explore the 154sq miles of Lough Neagh, the UK’s largest inland waterway, safe in the knowledge that you are covered by Coastguard and Lough Neagh’s very own Life Boat Service, Lough Neagh Rescue.
The site offers 180 fully sheltered berths, with deep and shallow water access for vessels drawing less than 1.55 meters. Assistance is provided for launching boats, stepping masts and other related services. For crane information please contact the marina office.
Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
Being a Registered RYA Training Centre, qualified and experienced RYA instructors provide a range of RYA courses and knowledge, to meet boat owner’s needs of safety, security and convenience. Our friendly staff are always keen to be of assistance and can be contacted throughout the year on VHF channel 77 or by telephone 028 3832 7573.
A modified IALA Cardinal and Lateral Buoyage system combined with the red and white semi-circular marker sign is used on Lough Neagh. The Lough Neagh marks are numbered 1-47, starting at Toome Canal Entrance and finishing at Bamford Bank. They are numbered in a clockwise direction around the Lough. Lough Neagh Admiralty Chart SC2163 standard nautical charts comply with Safety of Life at Sea can be purchased from Sands Marine or online.
Please observe the 4 knot dead slow speed limit within the marina basin and the Harbour Guidelines. All skippers should understand & know how to apply the “International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea”. (The rules of the road)
Kinnego Marina is situated on the southern shore of Lough Neagh, just 30 mins from Belfast, in the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council. With easy access off the M1 Motorway at junction number 10, Kinnego Marina really is in the heart of Northern Ireland. Close to the busy hubs of Lurgan, Craigavon & Portadown with excellent shopping, dining & bars.
The Marina site is staffed from dawn till dusk and maintains a listening watch on VHF channel 77. Marina staff also regularly patrol the site.
CCTV is in operation throughout the marina site. During the peak season June – September the site is patrolled by security guards during the night.
Berthing & Storage
All contract berthing & storage charges are payable in advance or monthly by direct debit. All visitor berthing & storage charges are payable upon arrival.
Laundry & Toilet/Shower facilities
Laundry facilities are available. The washing machine and dryer operate via tokens which are available from the marina reception.
Toilets & showers are available from dawn – dusk in the main marina building. If you require 24hr access to toilets and showers please contact the marina office for details.
Lough Neagh is a designated area of Special Scientific Interest and is a designated RAMSAR site. Our aim at Kinnego Marina is to protect and improve the environment by integrating it within the marina’s policies and have been accredited with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Award and we encourage all boat users to help us help the environment.
Our friendly staff welcome you into our Cafe for a well earned rest and a spot of home cooking.
Choose from our extensive menu including daily specials, Sunday Roast and the best Ulster Fry around! Or just relax with a cuppa and enjoy the view over the Marina.
Our Commitment to Healthy Eating
We use low fat products such as semi-skimmed milk, low fat spreads, reduced fat dressings and cheese. We provide a choice of bread including granary and wholemeal. All foods have no added salt.
Rooms/Catering facilities are available for bookings Monday-Friday from November to March, for further information please contact 028 3832 7573.
Situated on the south-east of Lough Neagh, on the edge of the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Kinnego Marina is a magnificent rural setting of beauty and tranquility, giving striking views over the Lough and the distant hills of Tyrone and Antrim. This purpose built site is suitable for caravans, motor homes, trailer tents, tents and glamping.
This family friendly site is open all year around. While you are here you have use of a play park, outdoor gym, cafe, fishing area, weekend boat trips, and public slipway or just enjoy the nature trails and beautiful views of Kinnego Bay and Lough Neagh.
Caravan Pitches & Prices
We have 19 fully serviced caravan pitches all with ample room for awnings.
Price is £23 per night (includes hook-up).
Camping Pitches & Prices
We have space for 10 tents and an additional 4 pitches with hook-up.
- 2 person tent £12 per night
- 4 person tent £16 per night
- 6 person tent £20 per night
- 8 person tent £24 per night
- Electric hook-up, extra £5 per night.
- Use only proprietary hook-up equipment purchased from a reputable dealer with safety devices including an RCD and an IP rating of 44 or greater. NEVER use a household extension cable, even with an RCD plug, instead of proprietary hook-up equipment.
- Open all year round
- Car parking facilities
- No awning charge
- Toilets and showers onsite – £20 returnable CASH deposit for access keys.
- Laundry facilities (Tokens from reception £3)
- Disability access
- Pets accepted (on a leash)
- Chemical disposal unit
- Children’s play area
Kinnego Marina is a short term recreational/leisure/tourism stays only. Maximum stay of 7 nights. This site is designed with families in mind, admission to those under 18 years of age will be refused unless accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of their stay.
Commercial vehicles are not permitted on site. As the park is a touring Caravan Park we cannot accommodate those wishing to stay for residential or employment purposes. Trading is not permitted from the site.
Booking by telephone 028 3832 7573 – Online booking not yet available
Not into camping? Then why not try one of our Eco Pods. You can experience all the joys of camping but with added comfort.
PAYMENT TO BE MADE IN FULL AT TIME OF BOOKING – CHECK IN FROM 2PM/ CHECK OUT 12 NOON
Please be advised that on arrival, a pre-rental check will be carried out, where a £50 CASH security deposit PER POD is required.This check will also be carried out at the end of the hire, and should there be a breach of our terms and conditions or any damage to the pod’s and/or hired equipment, this will not be returned.
- The maximum capacity of the Pod is 4 adults or 2 adults with 2-3 children.
- They are supplied with heating, lighting, a fridge, a kettle and mattress pads on seating area.
- Toilets and showers.
- Laundry facilities (tokens £3)
- Children’s Play Area nearby
- Galley Cafe nearby also
- You need to bring your own sleeping bags/blankets and cutlery.
- BBQ’s on stands allowed, but not inside the Pod.
Terms & Conditions
- We do not issue refunds for cancellations, but we will accommodate you to the best of our ability with alternative dates.
- Maximum stay of 7 nights.
- Admission to those under 18 years of age will be refused unless accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of their stay.
- Commercial vehicles are not permitted on site. Trading is also not permitted on site.
- Pets are not permitted in Pods.
- Smoking, cooking and fires are not permitted inside the Pod’s.
- Party number should not exceed the capacity advertised.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS RESPONSIBLY
The Leave No Trace programme is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts value the natural environment and to understand the impact of our activities.
The Green Dog Walkers Pledge is a friendly way to tackle dog fouling issues in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area.
We offer accredited courses for the Royal Yachting Association including training from beginners to instructor level in jet skis and powerboats. We also provide first aid courses, navigation courses and marine radio courses.
We have an extensive range of training courses for businesses including first aid at work, manual handling, defibrillator and water safety all of which are accredited by the relevant governing body.
Being a Registered RYA Training Centre, qualified and experienced RYA instructors provide a range of RYA courses and knowledge, to meet boat owner’s needs of safety, security and convenience. Our friendly staff are always keen to be of assistance and can be contacted throughout the year on VHF channel 77 or by telephone 02838327573.
Royal Yachting Association Training
- RYA First Aid Course
- RYA Sea Survival Certificate
- RYA VHG Marine Radio SRC
- RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship
- RYA Powerboat Level One
- RYA Powerboat Level Two
- RYA Powerboat Intermediate
- RYA Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski) Proficiency
First Aid and SED Training Courses
- First Aid at Work (3 day)
- First Aid at Work Refresher (2 day)
- Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day)
- Pediatric First Aid
- CPR Training
- Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme
- Level 1 Water Safety Awareness Module
- Level 2 Environment Specific Modules and Life Support Option
- All vessels using the Slipway at Kinnego Marina MUST register to do so in the Marina Office, and are required to carry third party public liability insurance and pay a launch fee.
- You will be issued stickers with your registration number displayed on them. They should be displayed in a prominent position on your vessel and trailer and at all times.
- NO WAKE PLEASE – Please observe the 4 knot dead slow speed limit within the Marina basin and the Harbor guidelines. All skippers should understand & know how to apply the “International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea”. (The rules of the road).
- As the registered owner of this vessel you are responsible for ensuring that all of your crew are aware of the rules and regulations. You will be held responsible for any breaches.
Lough Neagh – Did you know?
- Lough Neagh is the biggest Lough in the British Isles measuring over 300 square km’s. It contains over 800 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 7 million swimming pools.
- Lough Neagh attracts bird watchers from all over the world due to the number and variety of birds which winter and summer in its shores. Over 100,000 wintering wildfowl fly in from places as far away as Canada, Iceland, Greenland and the Russian Arctic. One of the most majestic of these birds is the whooper swan which flies in from Iceland to feed over the winter.
- Lough Neagh is home to the largest commercial wild eel fishery in Europe, exporting some 650 tonnes of produce a year to outlets in Billingsgate, Holland and Germany. The eels in Lough Neagh travel over 4000 miles to breed in the Sargasso Sea and the young fry return by drifting on the Gulf Stream back over the Atlantic and enter the River Bann as young elvers. The Lough also has its own unique species of fish, such as the Dollaghan which is a huge Trout and Pollan which is a small freshwater type of Herring.
- Six major rivers flow into the Lough and one flows out (the River Bann) and they collectively drain more than 1/3 of Northern Ireland’s water. Lough Neagh is an important source of water for Belfast.
- Lough Neagh is growing as a major boating and sailing destination and has 4 main Marinas at Kinnego, Ballyronan, The Battery, and Sandy Bay with work due to commence shortly on the development of a new marina at Antrim.
- Lough Neagh has its own Rescue Service and provides a 24 hours rescue service from its stations at Kinnego, Ardboe and Antrim. It is a voluntary service, but its members are dedicated professionals.
- The Lough has undergone substantial positive changes over the last five years assisted by substantial European Development Assistance managed through the Lough Neagh Partnership.