Quoile Countryside Centre

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
This glorious wetland retreat, located just outside Downpatrick, boasts a variety of beautiful and tranquil woodland and riverside walks. The bird hide overlooking the freshwater lake allows for excellent bird watching opportunities. ***REGRETABLY THE HIDE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE***

In summer, an abundance of swans and various breeding wildfowl can be seen, including the scarcely seen Gadwall. Migrating wading birds make the area home in spring and autumn and in winter large numbers of widgeon and ducks are abundant.

The attractive stone cottage visitor centre with a nature garden features displays on the unique wildlife and history of the area. The centre also has scooter and wheelchair access.


Admission Free.

Opening times:

2014/15 - Visitor Centre

13:00 - 17:00 Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (1st Apr to 31 May 2014)

10:00 - 17:00 daily (1st Jun to 15th Sep 2014)

12:00 -16:00 Sunday only (From 1st Sep 2014)

**Please note the Visitor Centre will be closed from 25th to 27th December 2014 (Inclusive) and 1st January 2015 due to Public Holidays, also closed Sundays - 21st and 28th December 2014 and 4th January 2015

The Nature Reserve is open access all year round.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Off A25 north of Downpatrick
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

5 Quay Road
County Down
BT30 7JB

Tel: (028) 4461 5520
Fax: (028) 4461 3280