Strangford Lough

Important 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

Things to see and do

Go exploring

Strangford Lough

What's on 

Upcoming events

St. Brendan Sea Safari

Sat 21 May 2016
10:30-13:00
A treat for all the family as we take a scenic voyage on Strangford Lough to view seals, seabirds and other wildlife at this internationally important marine site.

Rock Pool Extravaganza

Fri 01 Jul 2016
13:00-14:30
Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at the magical Kearney Village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools. This promises to be a great day out for all...

Butterfly Walk

Sat 09 Jul 2016
11:00-13:00
A walk along unspoilt tracks and across hidden stiles at Ballyquintin Farm on the lower Ards Peninsula with our Ranger. This ramble will be packed with beautiful sceneries, tales and wildlife.

Outdoor Explorers

Fri 26 Aug 2016
11:00-16:00
This two day bush craft event is perfect for families looking for their first wildlife adventures. Our Rangers will show you how to safely build shelters, light camp fires, explore the countryside and track some of our most mysterious animals.

Ards Beach Clean

Sat 17 Sep 2016
10:00-12:00
As part of the Great Northern Irish Beach Clean join us to tidy up the shoreline from Portaferry to Ballyhenry. Come along and pick litter while you learn how our ancestors foraged on the coast and what they salvaged.
Strangford Lough

History

Strangford Lough

Wildlife

Bird on Gibb's Island, County Down

Strangford Lough spring wildlife 

Strangford Lough is a unique place to visit at any time of the year, and in spring there's a wide variety of wildlife to be found by the shore or in the wider countryside.

Strangford Lough

Get involved

A volunteer gathering dry grass

Volunteer at Strangford Lough 

We couldn't work without our dedicated team of volunteers helping us in tasks to help conserve Strangford Lough. Take a look at what they get up to and how you can get involved and join the volunteer team.

Strangford Lough

Places to stay

A couple camping in a tent

The best spots on the lough 

Whether you want a dog-friendly cottage, a camping adventure with the kids or a glamping experience you'll find somewhere on Strangford Lough to suit your needs.