Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough

Wildlife

Upcoming events

Orlock Ramble

Tue 16 Aug 2022
13:00-14:30
Join us for a guided walk along the Orlock Costal Path
A konik pony at Cullintraw, County Down

Farmland

We ensure our farmland is managed in a way that encourages wildlife. At Gibbs Island, you will see a meadow of wild flowers, teaming with butterflies, bees and other insects. Ballyquintin is one of the best places to spot Irish Hares and flocks of farmland birds such as finches, linnets, tree sparrows and skylark.

Strangford Lough

Things to see and do

A family canoeing on open waters

Strangford Lough Canoe Trail 

Enjoy a relaxing paddle through the calm open waters of Strangford Lough and catch a glimpse of the seals, birds and porpoises that inhabit it.

Walks to Inspire

Strangford Lough

History

Strangford Lough

Our work

Sheep on the barge passing Gibb's Island, Strangford Lough

200-year-old tradition of island farming on Strangford Lough 

Rangers assist farmer in transporting 150 sheep off Salt Island in Strangford Lough, upholding a 200 year old tradition.

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Get involved

A group of volunteers working outdoors

Volunteer at Strangford Lough 

The National Trust manages an incredibly large area of land and foreshore around Strangford Lough, including many islands and areas of farmland and woodland. With a team of only four Rangers, we really couldn’t cope with such a large area, if it wasn’t for the dedicated assistance of its many enthusiastic volunteers.

A family walking in the woods at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​