Seaplane tours to take off in Derry

The Maule M-7 Amphibious Aircraft which will be operating sky high tours of Derry and the North West from this weekend pictured on the River Foyle on Wednesday afternoon.
The Maule M-7 Amphibious Aircraft which will be operating sky high tours of Derry and the North West from this weekend pictured on the River Foyle on Wednesday afternoon.
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Derry’s growing reputation as a key tourist hub will receive another welcome boost this weekend with the start of unique seaplane tours of the city and region.

The new venture - which will be based on the River Foyle - is being operated by Lakeland Seaplane Tours which has its HQ in Co. Fermanagh.

With a current fleet of one Maule M-7 Amphibious Aircraft, Lakeland Seaplane Tours is one of the smallest ‘airlines’ in the world, although plans are in the offing to increase its fleet of aircraft.

The company is offering a full range of tailor made tours of the Derry locale including a flight called the ‘Seaplane Experience” which, after taking off from the River Foyle, will offer once-in-a-lifetime bird’s eye views of the City of Culture.

At the end of the journey, the plane will touch down on the river just next to the award-winning Peace Bridge.

Also on the menu are the ‘North Coast Tour’ - which heads along the North coast towards the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne - and the ‘North Coast +’ flight which takes in Portrush and Bushmills.

A spokesperson for the company told the ‘Journal’: “The Harbour Master has provided us with an amazing location just next to the new Peace Bridge right outside the City Hotel, an ideal location to provide an amazing seaplane experience right from the city centre of this year’s City of Culture.

“We could think of nowhere better to expand our operations this year with the amazing reception and enthusiasm shown by everyone involved from Derry.

“Our aircraft is a fantastic performing aircraft, ensuring a safe and comfortable flight for passengers and water users.”

Prices for all trips - which comprise a maximum of two adults and a child subject to weight restrictions - are still to be confirmed.

For further information, check out the following website: http://www.lakelandseaplanetours.com/