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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.Therefore we are currently not taking bookings for the Bothy. 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.
Great NI Walk
Celebrate the Great NI Walk from 19 September until 23 October in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor this autumn.
Across Strangford Lough we have beautiful walks for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Try one of our favourite walks, Nugent's Wood in Portaferry.
Use #NIwalk to share you're favourite walk with us online.