Theme : A walk close to the Lough
Accessible at low-tide from the car park, signposted Island Hill off the main Newtownards to Comber dual carriageway, this walk takes you along a concrete causeway and around Rough Island. Located at the upper end of Strangford Lough, adjacent to North Strangford National Nature Reserve, the walk allows for fine views across the Lough towards Scrabo Tower and the Ards Peninsula.
It is also an excellent viewpoint for bird watching. Between the tides, a range of habitats appear from differing grades of mud and sand to boulders and salt marsh. The area is rich in worms, shellfish and other small animals that are a vast food source attracting migratory birds and waders, with some species found in internationally important numbers during the winter. Eelgrass is abundant and is the principle food source of Brent geese, many thousands of which migrate to the Lough during September and October.
The trail distance is 1.5 miles and is a circulate route. Access all year round
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