At the northern end of the Lough the water is relatively shallow and calm. Windsurfers enjoy the wide open space. Sailing and canoeing are among the other water sports on the Lough.
During the winter, birds make epic journeys to Strangford Lough from their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia, Iceland, Canada and the Baltic. To them the mud and sandflats are an enormous restaurant with a rich and varied menu.