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    Default Dunnyneill Islands added to the Strangford Quest.

    Another episode in my quest to land on all the islands in Strangford.
    I have landed on Dunnyneill many years ago from a powerboat, but I wanted to land by canoe.
    With the recent calm sunny weather I made a plan and set off from the Canoe Trail launch point in Killyleagh.
    On the way I could explore Long Rock, it doesn’t count as an island for my quest as it does not have grass above the high tide line.


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    Map of the south end of Strangford Lough.

    As the islands are out in the middle of the open lough I brought along my trusty paddle buddy Min Kota.

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    The launch point at Killyleagh, at low tide.


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    Approaching Long Rock, the local residents objected to my presence and shuffled into the water.

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    Long Rock at low tide.

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    Looking back towards Island Taggart.

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    Paddling (motoring) on towards Dunnyneill. There was a regatta of yawls in progress.

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    Approaching Dunnyneill South.

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    Dunnyneill North from Dunnyneill South.

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    Long Rock from the high point on Dunnyneill South

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    Dunnyneill South from the isthmus joining it to Dunnyneill North.

    As it is just at the end of the bird breeding season I did not walk round Dunnyneill North, it is a bird nesting island.
    Instead I returned to Dunnyneill South for a well earned picnic.


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    Knotts Café pavlova, it survived the paddle over quite well.

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    By the time I had finished my lunch break and siesta the tide had come in and separated the islands.

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    Long Rock on the way back.

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    On top of Long Rock in 3 inches of water.

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    Back at the launch point at high tide.

    A good day out with new islands explored.

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    I've never been to either of the Dunnyneill islands, and to be honest now that I've seen them here, I don't imagine I'll bother.

    But I'm glad you ticked the box and shared the experience with us.
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    That Pavlovla looks fabulous. Were there also some paddling photos? I got distracted by the puddin'!


    Looks like a grand day out Nick. What are the distant hills in the shot from Dunnyneil South over Long Rock? The Mournes?

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    Just leaves me speechless...….amazing

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    Funny neil is believed to have been a Viking trading post. Easy to find. Just head in through the narrows and look for the distinctive mound of an island.

    Good one, Mr Nick. Great voyaging.
    "Thus we lead a life of pleasure
    Thus we while the hours away"

    from Thoreau, Voyager's Song

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    I've never been to either of the Dunnyneill islands, and to be honest now that I've seen them here, I don't imagine I'll bother.

    But I'm glad you ticked the box and shared the experience with us.
    It doesn't have the thrill factor of whitewater on the Tarn.
    It was a major chillout trip with a long sunbathing rest in the middle, and a long open water motoring section.
    Keeps me happy, and a significant step to the completion of the Quest, only 5 more islands to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    That Pavlovla looks fabulous. Were there also some paddling photos? I got distracted by the puddin'!
    Looks like a grand day out Nick. What are the distant hills in the shot from Dunnyneil South over Long Rock? The Mournes?
    Yup, that's the Mournes. As you know, a quality packed lunch is a major factor in any of my plans.

    Quote Originally Posted by laurence milton View Post
    Just leaves me speechless...….amazing
    As I was on my own, I was also speechless, a true chillout trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by andycarden View Post
    Funny neil is believed to have been a Viking trading post. Easy to find. Just head in through the narrows and look for the distinctive mound of an island.
    Good one, Mr Nick. Great voyaging.
    I presume by Funnyneill you mean Dunnyneill !
    It was a good adventure in suitably calm weather, with just enough wind to sail part of the way back.

    Thanks for the replies
    Nick

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    I approve of the pack lunch. It would have been a great trip anyway but the right food choices really show the class

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