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Feeding the ducks at Castle Espie, County Down

Top Nature Attractions

Northern Ireland has some fantastic and unique nature attractions, including a country park dedicated to peatlands and their unusual habitats, the site of Ireland’s largest collection of ducks, geese and swans on the shores of Strangford Lough, and one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles.

Below are just some of our top nature attractions.

Places To Visit

Oxford Island, Lurgan, Craigavon

Oxford Island National Nature Reserve is a peninsula created by successive lowering of Lough Neagh. Four miles of footpaths, five birdwatching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas.

Peatlands Park, Dungannon

Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues.

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, Newtownards

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

Exploris is Northern Ireland's public Aquarium and seal sanctuary. Discovery pool demonstrations, run by experienced guides, at regular intervals throughout each day give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of living marine animals.

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Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

Ness Country Park, Killaloo, Londonderry/Derry

In the steep, wooded Glen of the Burntollet River, south-west of Derry City, lies Ness Country park. 55 hectares of mixed woodland along with open parkland make up the Park which extends along both sides of the Burntollet River. **Path on East Bank Closed Due to Subsidence.**

Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve, Belfast

RSPB’s Belfast Harbour Reserve is arguably the best urban bird spectacle in the UK. Over the wintering months, Northern Ireland plays host of thousands of birds flying in from colder regions as far away as Siberia.

Kebble and Kinramer Nature Reserves, Rathlin Island

Rathlin is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island and is thought to come from the Irish ‘Reachlan’ meaning ‘rocky reef’.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Newcastle

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

Riverwatch Visitor Centre & Aquarium, Londonderry/Derry

Riverwatch offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore and discover the wonderful natural resources of the Foyle and Carlingford Loughs. Learn about the incredible life of the salmon and much more.

Magilligan Point Nature Reserve, Limavady

Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. The way the coastline constantly changes here is of particular interest and is one of the main reasons the site has been declared a nature reserve.

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