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Waterways | Strangford Loch

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Folklore has it that there are 365 islands in Strangford Lough, one for every day of the year. The Lough is huge - almost like an inland sea. It's the largest sea lough in the British Isles, covering 150 sq km. No surprise then that it is also a great place for marine life.

Two thousand marine animals and plants have been recorded at Strangford Lough, making it one of the richest marine environments in Britain.

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Waterways are a great place to see wildlife from a very different perspective. Why not get out on the water to watch wildlife?

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Our waterways provide great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to boat trips.


Strangford Loch - Visitor Guide

Address:78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, Northern Ireland.
Postcode: BT23 6EA
Telephone:028 9187 4146 - Castle Espie - National Trust
Fax:028 9187 3857 - Castle Espie
Key attractions: Walking, bird watching, marine life. The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Castle Espie is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough - bird hides, wildlife walks and collections.
Essential kit:Water-proof clothing, binoculars. 'Out and About Around Strangford Lough' with route maps describes the best places to experience the Lough's shores and see its wildlife.
Nature watching:Best season: June is best for flowers, October is better for Brent Geese watching. Killard Point - July and August are best for butterflies.
Access:Varies depending on location - check before travelling.
Getting there:

Located 13 miles from Belfast in Northern Ireland. To reach Castle Espie by car, take the A22 from Belfast to Comber.

Killard Point is situated to the south of Strangford Lough north of Ballyhornan.

Opening times:All year round. Castle Espie centre is open Summer Monday to Saturday 10.30pm - 5.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 5.30pm (1st March to 31st October). Winter opening is Monday to Friday 11.30am - 4.00pm, Saturday 11.00am - 4.30pm and Sunday 11.00am - 4.30pm (1st November to 28th February).
Charges:Free access to main Lough.
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