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Lough Neagh

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Covering 383 square kilometres, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles

Covering 383 square kilometres and its shores touching 5 of the 6 counties in Northern Ireland, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles offering catch raginf from Salmon, Pollen and Dollaghen. It is one of the earliest known inland sites of prehistoric man in Ireland. It is generally shallow with an average depth in the general body of the Lough of 9 metres (30 feet). The area around Lough Neagh is one of the most important bird habitats in Western Europe. A haven for wildlife and home to a wealth of flora and fauna, Lough Neagh provides a unique and valuable natural resource, offering a very productive ecosystem, which supports thousands of wildfowl and a large-scale eel fishing industry.

Situated within the breathtaking Oxford Island Nature Reserve lies the Oxford Island Discovery Centre. This informative and interactive centre provides visitors with a wealth of information regarding the wildlife, history and the future plans for this beautiful lough.

The reserve consists of scenic walks and exciting nature trails accessible in all seasons, five bird watching hides, picnic areas, a paddling pool and children's play area. The richness of the wildflower meadows, woodlands, shoreline and open water means that there is always something special to see.

The Legend of Finn McCool

The famed warrior giant, Finn McCool, was in hot pursuit of his rival the thieving Scottish Giant. The Scottish Giant could run faster than Finn and in a short time had almost reached the coast. Fearing he would lose him, Finn scooped up a mighty handful of earth and rocks and hurled it far into the sky towards the fleeing giant. But not knowing his own strength, he overthrew his target and the Giant Scot made his escape. The great mass of rocks and clay flew far out into the sea where it became the Isle of Man. In the place from where the rocks where taken, there remained a giant hole. Gradually it filled with water to become ………… Lough Neagh.

Whatever its origin, Lough Neagh continues to attract visitors from near and far.