Portmore Lough Nature Reserve

Portmore Lough nature reserve is a hidden gem, and the perfect place to experience nature at any time of year.

Come and enjoy panoramic views of the reserve from the viewing platform or take a stroll down the all-weather boardwalk to the hide and watch the wildlife out on the water. In winter, the sight of greylag geese and whooper swans coming in to roost at dusk is unforgettable.

During your visit you may also catch a glimpse of our konik ponies. They graze the land, helping to create the right conditions for wading birds like lapwings to breed. Remember to keep an eye out for Irish hares lolloping across the fields too.

In summer, make the most of the picnic area and allow time to visit the traditional hay meadows alongside the Lough which, at this time of year, come alive with an amazing array of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.

Don't forget to explore our wildlife garden too, which is full of homes for birds, insects and hedgehogs all year round.

For more information on Portmore Lough, or any of the RSPB’s reserves in Northern Ireland, visit www.rspb.org.uk/reserves.

Opening times:

The reserve is open at all times, with toilet access available. When the car park is locked, please park outside the gates, taking care not to block the entrance.

Prices:

Free of charge.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Belfast International Airport Tourist Information Centre

Location / Directions

Portmore Lough Reserve is signposted from Aghalee village.

Take the Soldierstown Road which is a mile up the A26 from the Moira roundabout and is signposted Aghalee. Turn left at the T-junction in Aghalee and
then first right down the Ballycairn Road. Go two miles to its end. At The Gate Inn turn right and follow this straight road for a mile. After a bend turn right up Georges Island Road, as signposted. At a sharp left hand bend turn right up a track beside a white gable wall. This will lead to the entrance to the reserve.

Grid reference IJ 3104 3687
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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