Lough Neagh Weekend Break
Situated in County Armagh, Lough Neagh is a large and lovely lake that is sure to appeal to nature lovers who are looking for a tranquil spot to unwind for a while. The lake is 25 miles long and around 12 miles wide and contains a number of small and very pretty islands that can be reached by taking a boat trip. The city of Belfast can be found just a short drive to the west of Lough Neagh and visitors can use this vibrant capital city as a base while exploring the lake and the surrounding natural beauty.
Things to see and do in Lough Neagh
Situated in the very heart of Lough Neagh, Coney Island is covered with dense woodland that features several pretty trails running through it. Boat trips to the island are available on weekends and visitors who make their way to Coney Island Flats will be treated to pretty views across the water.
Formed entirely from boulder clay, access to Derrywarragh Island is provided by a bridge making it very easy for visitors to explore. This is a good place for bird watchers to check out a number of birds can be seen waded through the marshes and swamps, while impressive views can be enjoyed from the top of O’Connors Stronghold.
Situated on Lough Neagh’s southern shores, Oxford Island is a National Nature Reserve that covers an area of more than 280 acres. The area is protected due to its impressive natural diversity and visitors can learn more about it by stopping by the interesting and informative Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.
Set on the coast of Oxford Island, Kinnego Marina is a great place to spend the night while exploring the area. A large camping and caravan park can be found here that boasts modern amenities, while there are also nearly two hundred public berths to make use of.
Located just one mile from the pretty Lennymore Bay on Lough Neagh’s eastern shore, the pretty Ram’s Island is less than a mile long. This makes exploring Ram’s Island on foot very easy for visitors and it is a good place to take a stroll on a sunny day, while an elegant 19th century summer house can also be explored here.
The summer months are by far the best time to visit Lough Neagh and June, July and August offer plenty of warm and sunny days for visitors to enjoy. spring is also a good time of year for those who want to beat the crowds and temperatures are generally fairly warm in April and May.
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