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Notice: For those planning to stay at the Salt Island Bothy, please note that due to storms early this year the water pipe is currently broken. We are looking into replacing the pipe but this may take some time. We are currently advising people staying at the bothy to take drinking water and also a bucket in order to flush the toilets with sea water. 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.
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.
Our main aim is to preserve Strangford Lough for future generations of visitors to enjoy.
With a team of only four countryside wardens, it really couldn't cope with such a large area, if it wasn't for the dedicated assistance of its many enthusiastic volunteers.
Interested in helping us in our work? Find out more on our 'Join In' page.