Relax & Unwind

River Bann Boat Experience

Travelling along the River Bann, Coleraine, relax and unwind taking in the beautiful scenery, wildlife and history. Whether it is a boating experience with friends, a family day out, birthday, wedding, graduation or just for fun we will tailor your trip to suit your requirements


Experience the Best of the River Bann onboard the classic harbour launch M.V. Kingfisher. Built in 1947 by Harland & Wolff she was restored and refurbished during the pandemic lockdown providing a wonderfully comfortable platform to view wildlife, learn about Northern Ireland’s longest river and its culture and heritage. Sit back, relax and unwind.

Experience the tranquil River Bann from the comfort of a classic vessel and discover the fascinating origins story of human settlement in Ireland. Enjoy unique land and water-based heritage journey across diverse timelines on this boating experience. This fully guided new experience includes a seated river trip on the classic boat M.V. Kingfisher, a 1-hour shore stop walk at Mountsandel State Care heritage site and complimentary refreshments onboard.

Outside our usual scheduled boat experiences, M.V. Kingfisher is available for private charters.  Each charter is designed to your specific requirements, a truly unique way to to celebrate a special occasion: birthday, graduation, anniversary, wedding or engagement party, team building event or simply an amazing day out with family and friends.

Sunset Cruise
Book an evening cruise, experience the River Bann as it slowly winds down, sit back and relax in comfort as the evening draws in.
Hazel Russell
Hazel Russell
October 8, 2023
Brilliant trip today with Ian and Fiona. River so calm, saw baby seal, cormorants, and egrets. Enjoyed freshly made tea and coffee And cake Highly recommended. Brilliant hosts.
Maria Catherine Boardman
Maria Catherine Boardman
September 19, 2023
We had a ball with Fiona and Ian for a family birthday. They were the very best hosts, fun, friendly and so knowledgeable. They had beautiful decorations, tea, coffee, delicious scones and birthday cake for us. They catered for our vegan too. We spent a lovely afternoon up and down the estuary listening to the local history, spotting wildlife with the binoculars provided to each of us and taking turns at the wheel. The boat is so beautiful. It was such a treat all round!
Emma McM
Emma McM
September 17, 2023
We booked an afternoon for my mum's birthday and it was amazing. The cheeseboard was so tasty and the generous portions meant there was more than enough for us greedy guts. Fiona and Ian were perfect and knowledgeable hosts, and nothing was too much trouble. We were even pleasantly surprised at the size of the boat, we weren't all squished together and were able to spread out comfortably. The pictures do not do the real experience justice. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and the day lived up to my expectations and much more. The weather was also on our side 🍷☀️ And, oh my goodness, that Victoria sponge cake 💛
August 16, 2023
We had the most enjoyable day with Fiona and Ian, we had an unexpected bird watching experience throughout with binoculars available for us to use, their historical knowledge of the area was amazing and enhanced with photos of the areas from many years ago. We saw a whole new side to the Coleraine area from the river. Fiona’s Victoria sponge and coffee just added the finishing touches. We lost track of time as we explored the Mountsandal Fort and realised afterwards they had given us longer than expected to enjoy our time with them and make the most of the River Bann. We feel like we made two new friends today and would highly recommend this river cruise.
Helen O'C
Helen O'C
August 6, 2023
A very fun and safe girls' jaunt on the Bann. Thoroughly recommend it. Fiona and Ian really took care of us, and fed us well. We'll be back :-)
Andrew Pilborough
Andrew Pilborough
June 7, 2023
We can highly recommend Ian and Fiona’s boat trips. This charming pair exude enthusiasm for and knowledge of this unspoiled and delightful river and surrounding environs. Cake and coffee are excellent. Binoculars and blankets are thoughtfully provided. We hope to travel with you along the river again one day. With our best wishes for much deserved success, Andrew & Julia
Ian Shears
Ian Shears
June 5, 2023
We booked the Meander and Dander trip with Fiona and Ian … what an amazing trip. Fiona is shared her incredible knowledge on the history of the local area and specifically the River Bann as we travelled up the river including a guided tour of Mount Sandel… whilst Ian skippered their beautiful boat … and we even caught a glimpse of a couple of kingfishers! Thank you both for such a lovely morning, (the coffee and the cake were class …. !) Highly recommended …. we will be back
Dianne Fletcher
Dianne Fletcher
May 12, 2023
What a wonderful boat trip. Lovely people. Fiona and Ian are so friendly and knowledgeable. Food is fantastic. Lovely way to spend an afternoon. This was our 2nd trip with them. Definitely recommend this boat trip and can’t wait to do it again
Karen Burns
Karen Burns
May 9, 2023
Thankyou so much Ian & Fiona for a fabulous day on The Kingfisher on Sunday. Food was amazing as always! This is my 2nd cruise & you never fail to impress. Thankyou to G&P, what a great way to celebrate a momentous weekend!

Why travel with
White River Charters

Experience & Enthusiasm

We provide boat-loads of maritime and boating experience, enthusiasm, passion and extensive local knowledge to this venture. We are focused on providing a memorable and tranquil river experience away from the crowds.

Unique Experience

We are focused on providing a unique and calming experience along the majestic and historic River Bann promoting 'blue health' and mindfulness.

Wildlife Safe

White River Charters Ltd are WiSe accredited Wildlife Safe Operators

About us

Run by business partners Ian and Fiona, we are a new charter company based on the beautiful Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland, offering scheduled and bespoke river trips onboard the fully refurbished classic wooden harbour launch M.V. Kingfisher, built in 1947 by the famous Harland & Wolff shipyard Queens Island, Belfast. 

We are keeping a little piece of maritime history alive.

If you wish to discuss our options telephone; 07455 922622


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