Sitting at Backstops – The Brexit Rowing Tour


A rowing tour along the navigable section of the river Erne will take place on the last weekend in October (Friday 25th to Monday 28th inc.). The tour will begin in Belturbet in the Republic of Ireland, row through Northern Ireland and finish right on the border at Belleek (the most westerly settlement in Northern Ireland and therefore the most westerly settlement in the United Kingdom).

Enniskillen viewed from Portora Royal School

The tour will cater for 40 rowers and the intention is to have 20 from the United Kingdom and 20 from the Republic of Ireland. The boats will be coxed touring quads and the total distance (weather permitting) will be 84 km. Accommodation will be based in Enniskillen with three nights Bed and Breakfast in the Belmore Court & Motel. Lunch and dinner each day and bus transfers to and from the start and finish locations will also be included.

This tour is being run purely on a self-financing basis so the costs will be divided equally between all the participants. These costs (which will be in £stg) will also include boat hire and boat transportation. The ballpark expected cost per participant is expected to be between £320 and £350 (€350 to €385).

A link to Waterways Ireland navigation information on the river Erne is attached below.

If you are interested in participating please email

Note: For insurance purposes, all Irish participants must be registered members of Rowing Ireland and all United Kingdom participants must be members of British Rowing

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