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Land and Seascape
It is an area of outstanding beauty with amazing wildlife, yet Mesolithic tombs and a cutting edge marine current turbine span over 9000 years of human endeavour.
umlin hills create a pleasant, rolling
land and seascape
dotted with islands and full of curved sheltered inlets – hence Strangford Lough’s ancient name “Loch Cuan”.
diversity and abundance of wildlife
make this area tremendously important for biodiversity and Strangford Lough and Dundrum Bay are part of a network of European conservation sites.
Seals, porpoise, thousands of overwintering birds, nesting terns are just some of the inhabitants.
of the area can be traced back 9000 years to when the first Mesolithic settlers arrived. People would have been attracted by the mild and fertile shores and by the food provided by the Lough. Since then successive waves of people have left a wonderful legacy on the landscape including cairns, exceptional monastic sites, tower houses, great estates and windmills – most of which are open to the public.
include Delamont Country Park with splendid walks overlooking the Lough, Exploris – one of Europe’s largest aquaria and seal sanctuary, tower houses, National Trust estates, houses and gardens at Castle Ward, Mount Stewart and Rowallane, Killard and Ballyquintin coastal nature reserves, Down County Museum and the newly opened Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centre at Castle Espie. There are also many fine sandy beaches to enjoy.
Some of the
local towns and villages
have street plans and buildings dating back to the 1700s.
The area is famed for its very high proportion of art and craft workers whose work can be found in local displays and shops.
Picture courtesy of NITB
Strangford Lough Maritime Festival
Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014 Celebrating Strangford Lough and Lecale’s ancient and modern maritime traditions, world renowned wildlife and stunning landscape. Lots of FREE activitie...
Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, No.1 The Square, Portaferry, BT22 1LW
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