Oxford Island National Nature Reserve

Oxford Island National Nature Reserve Claimed

Oxford Island, County Armagh

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Oxford Island allows visitors to combine the beauty of nature with tranquil woodland walks, and the opportunity to engage visually with native wildlife.



Combine nature and walks at Oxford Island, located on a peninsular on the southern shores of Lough Neagh. With miles of woodland trails, there is plenty of opportunity to escape the well-trodden path and engage with nature. Oxford Island is a designated National Nature Reserve and perfect for ‘twitchers’ to view their favourite birds using one of the many hides available. The lake offers unspoilt panoramic views, and the natural environment has an array of habitats such as wildlife ponds, dense forests, wildflower meadows, vast open water and thick reed beds. If you’re lucky (and stealthy) enough, you may get to see a kingfisher or a stoat attempting to catch lunch in the lake. Steeped in local history and heritage, Oxford Island is owned and managed by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council with much of the area designated as a nature reserve. If peace and tranquility is what you’re after, a leisurely walk at your own pace is just the thing at Oxford Island. Take the dog, walk for a while, and enjoy the views. On a clear day, off in the distance; the majestic Sperrin Mountains can be seen across the vast expanse of water. Did you know? Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Ireland. Amenities and Facilities Parking is free – limited spaces No toilets – nearest toilet is at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Wild Swimming is allowed Additional Information Visit Oxford Island for further information about this venue Nearby Craigavon Golf & Ski CentreArmagh Observatory & Planetarium – Tannaghmore Gardens & Animal Farm

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