Strangford Lough (describing the fast-flowing narrows; and Loch Cuan in Irish meaning the calm lough describing the gentle waters of the mud flats) is a lough in County Down, Northern Ireland, separated from the Irish Sea by the Ards Peninsula. It is a popular tourist attraction noted for its fishing and the picturesque villages and townships which border its waters. These include Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula, which is connected to Strangford across the lough by a car ferry.
The island studded sea lough is the largest inlet in the United Kingdom and in the island of Ireland as a whole, covering 150 km². Almost totally landlocked, the lough is approached from the Irish Sea through the eight kilometre long fast-running tidal narrows, which open out into more gentle waters where there are 70 islands. Countless tidal rocky outcrops called pladdies litter the lough and mudflats, along with marshes, rocks, bays and headlands. The lough is a conservation area and its abundant wildlife recognised internationally for its importance.
Lecale Coast: Nestled between Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, the Fertile Soils of the Lecale Peninsula Have Drawn Successive Cultures to It, While Its Coastal Fringes Are a Magnet for Wildlife. Natalie Hoare Investigates the Special Character of an Area That's to Be Merged with Neighbouring Strangford Lough AONB Later This Year
Aug 01, 2010; Have you ever seen such a lovely pigsty?' asks the man gesturing to a dilapidated tiny stone house. I rack my brains. This,...