Strangford Lough and Wildlife Centre

Strangford Lough is a special and wonderful place. The largest sea lough in the British Isles, it is almost landlocked apart from its connection to the Irish Sea through the Strangford Narrows. The Trust's Wildlife Scheme manages and provides access to 15,000 acres, which includes foreshore, fifty islands, woodland, wetlands, saltmarsh and agricultural fields.

• Strangford Lough Wildlife Information Centre
• Rich diversity of marine and plant life
• Birds of international importance such as Brent Geese, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Terns
• Bird-watching at conveniently located car parks
• Viewing platform at Gasworks (near Mount Stewart)
• Loughside walk at Castle Ward, low-tide walks to South Island, Horse Island and Ballyhenry Island
• Stunning views of the Lough can be seen from Ballyquintin Farm (South of Portaferry), Killard Point, (South of Strangford), Temple of the Winds at Mount Stewart, The Temple at Castle Ward, Scrabo Hill and Killynether Country Park, Newtownards

Coast nearby, Nature Reserve, Country walks, Access for visitors with disabilities, Suitable for picnics, Dogs welcome on leads.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Wildlife Centre
17, 18 & 19 Mar: 1-6pm
1 Apr-28 May: 1-6pm w/ends and BH/PH (incl. 6-15 Apr daily)
1 Jun-31 Aug: 1-6pm daily
1 Sep-30 Sep: 1-6pm w/ends

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

The Wildlife Centre is located at Castle Ward.
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Contact Details

The Barn
Castleward Estate
Co Down
BT30 7LS

Tel: (028) 4488 1411