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.

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.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Admission Free.

Opening times:

2015/16 - Visitor Centre

The Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 - 16:00, and Sunday from 12:00 – 16:00, running until 15 September.
The Bird Hide is open Monday to Friday. For details of weekend opening contact 02844 615520

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) 9082 3214
Alt: (028) 9082 3103