Portmore Lough Nature Reserve

For those who enjoy the outdoors, a visit to the RSPB’s reserve at Portmore Lough is a great way to spend a few hours any time of year. Visitors can enjoy impressive panoramic views of the reserve from the newly built viewing platform, which sits above the wet meadows. You will find information on the wildlife at the reserve in the shelter near the platform.

Alternatively, take a stroll down the all-weather boardwalk to the hide, where in the winter greylag geese, whooper swans and thousands of ducks can be seen on the Lough. You may also catch a glimpse of our Konik Ponies, who graze the land helping to create the right breeding conditions for wading birds such as lapwings. In summer you will see the traditional hay meadows alongside the Lough attract a bewildering variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. For those with children, there is the chance to take a short walk around the meadow and the pond, which in summer is bursting with life.

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

Opening times:

09.00-17.00 or dusk. Not open Christmas Day/Boxing Day

Prices:

Free

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
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