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Strangford Lough, Strangford

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Strangford Lough or Strangford Loch is a large sea loch or inlet in County Down, in the east of Northern Ireland. It is the largest inlet in the British Isles, covering 150 km2. The loch is almost totally enclosed by the Ards Peninsula and is linked to the Irish Sea by a long narrow channel or strait. The main body of the loch has at least seventy islands along with many islets, bays, coves, headlands and mudflats. It is a conservation area and its abundant wildlife is recognised internationally for its importance. Strangford Lough was designated as Northern Ireland's first Marine Conservation Zones under the introduction of the Marine Act 2013.Strangford Lough is a popular tourist destination noted for its fishing and scenery. Towns and villages around the loch include Killyleagh, Comber, Newtownards, Portaferry and Strangford. The latter two are connected by a car ferry.NameThe name Strangford comes. The Vikings were active in the area during the Middle Ages. Originally, this name referred only to the narrow channel linking the loch to the sea (between the villages of Strangford and Portaferry). Up until about the 18th century, the main body of the loch was better known by the (older) Irish name Loch Cuan, meaning "loch of the bays/havens". This name was anglicized as Lough Coan, Lough Cone, Lough Coyn, Lough Coin, or similar.
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  • There is a lot to see the whole way around the lough; old Norman Abbeys, cute villages, castles, Game of Thrones sets and even St Patrick's grave. 
  • Having stayed here on business many times, it's the one place that I look forward to staying at because you can't beat the views. They are all breathtaking and the lough is well worth a visit. It's ju...  more »
  • We were very lucky with the weather to see the scenery as we travelled on the ferry from Strangford to the Ards Penisula.