Days out with a difference

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Walk out onto the summit of the Black Mountain to enjoy stunning views © National Trust

Walk out onto the summit of the Black Mountain to enjoy stunning views

Countryside highlights

 

A spectacular wildlife haven at Strangford Lough

Breathtaking natural beauty and great for walking and wildlife © Joe Cornish

A visit to Strangford Lough, a unique and wonderful place of immense international importance for nature conservation, is a must this spring. Strangford is the largest sea Lough in the British Isles and one of only three designated Marine Nature Reserves in the UK.

Castle Coole Area of Special Scientific Interest

Lough Coole is home to a diverse range of species © Bernie Brown

Castle Coole has been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency due to its rich parkland habitat and associated species. The historic Castle Coole park is characterised by old, open-grown trees and shrubs.