Plan your visit
Open every day.
Car park open 9am – 5pm. When the car park gates are closed, please park
outside the gates.
Festive Holiday Opening Hours
- Christmas Eve: 9am – 5pm
- Christmas Day: 11am – 3pm
- Boxing Day: 9am – 5pm
- New Year’s Eve: 9am – 5pm
- New Year’s Day: 9am – 5pm
- Free entrance to RSPB members
How to get here
The reserve is signposted from Aghalee village. Despite other, more direct, routes, the following method is recommended for first time visitors.
From the M1 motorway come off at Junction 9, Moira roundabout, and head up the A26 towards the International Airport and Antrim. Go under the railway bridge and pass the Glenavy Road Service Station on the right. Take the second road on the left. It is signposted to the village of Aghalee. This is the Soldierstown Road. Stay on this road to the village of Aghalee. The reserve is signposted from Aghalee. Follow the road until a T-junction at Gawley’s Gate pub, turn right onto Derryola Bridge Road and drive for 1 mile. The reserve is signposted off the George’s Island Road.
Sat Nav postcode: BT67 0DW.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Group booking information
We are happy to arrange guided walks or talks for groups of eight people or more. Please contact the warden on 028 9265 1936 to discuss your requirements.
Schools booking information
School groups are welcome here - pond dipping, bug hunting and guided walks are our speciality. Normally the warden leads these activities. Please contact the warden in advance on 028 9265 1936 to discuss your requirements.
Contact Portmore Lough
- RSPB Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, George's Island Rd, Gawley's Gate, Aghalee, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW
- 028 9265 1936