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A most beautiful landscape of international importance

Strangford Lough is a unique and wonderful place of immense international importance for nature conservation. It is the largest sea lough in the British Isles, covering an area from Angus Rock at its mouth on the Irish Sea, to the vast sand-flats at its northern end 20 miles (33 kilometres) away. It is one of only three designated Marine Nature Reserves in the United Kingdom.

The wealth of wildlife, unrivalled in Europe, is complex, delicately balanced, dependent on tides, and the variety of habitats found between seabed and shoreline, and of course, how we as humans interact with this precious resource. 

Thousands of seabirds breed on the islands © Craig McCoy

Thousands of seabirds breed on the islands

Enjoy Strangford Lough

Discover amazing spaces and places around Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula. The diversity of landscape, the exceptional wildlife and the ever changing views make it a wonderful place to explore - for all the family.