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Lough Neagh is Britain's biggest area of freshwater at 20 miles long and 12 miles wide.

This large expanse of water is ice free during winter making it a number one holiday destination for wintering birds escaping the Arctic wastes of Greenland, Iceland and Norway.

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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 it?

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  • Our waterways provide great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the TV team?

Lough Neagh - Visitor Guide

Address:Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Ballinderry River Enhancement Association, Orritor


Lough Neagh Discovery Centre - BT66 6NJ

Ballinderry - BT80 9ND.


028 3832 2205

Ballinderry River Enhancement Association - 028 8676 1515

Fax:028 3834 7438
Essential kit:Binoculars. Warm clothing for walks and boat trips.
Nature watching:

Bird watching. Boat trips. Walking. Water sports. Cycling - route around lough. Hides.


The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre at Oxford Island is a great place to check out more about the area.

Trips to Coney Island - boat trips from Maghery in summer by arrangement with Craigavon Council.

Oxford Island Visitor Centre.

Ballinderry Fish Hatchery - call to make a visit - 028 8676 1515.

Access:Variable depending on location.
Getting there:One hour's drive from Belfast.
Opening times:

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on Oxford Island:

October-March, 10am-5pm (Monday -Sunday).

April-September, 10am-6pm (Monday- Saturday) and 10am-7pm (Sunday).

Contact the Hatchery to arrange visiting times.
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