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Notice: Please note that we've had to close the Salt Island Bothy for the rest of the season due to damage caused by a visiting party. We will not be taking any bookings for the remainder of 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
New barge arrives
The unique new barge which transports cattle between the islands of Strangford Lough has been officially named as the Cuan Brig.
The barge transports livestock and equipment out to the islands on Strangford Lough for conservation grazing - valuable for island wildlife and the character of the landscape, as well as maintaining the local culture of taking animals onto the islands.
There's so much to see and do on Strangford Lough, you'll be hard pushed to fit it all into one visit.
Take a look at our 'Things to see & do' page where you'll find lots of information about the lough which we hope will inspire you to take part in all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer.