Accessibility at Portmore Lough

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By road

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.

Access to facilities

Car parking
14 spaces

Tarmac surface.

Toilet and baby changing

Toilets open 9am-5pm.

Nature trails access
  • Nature trail path is all-weather designed for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
  • Main trail to the hide and back 0.6 mile (1 km) return route. Boardwalk and aggregate all-weather path designed for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
  • Short trail around crop field consisting of 50 m all-weather path and 100 m cut-grass path.
  • No steps or stiles. Two gates, both full width of boardwalk. Gradient both level and 1:20.
Viewing points
  • Viewing facilities have seating and low viewing slots.
  • Hide overlooking lough and reedbed accessed by boardwalk from main trail. Step-free access. Low viewing slots.
  • Fixed benches without backs and arms.
Picnic area

Picnic table with space for a wheelchair user in information shelter.

Picnic tables on a cut-grass surface.

  • Registered Assistance dogs and other dogs under control welcome. Please observe signage.
  • Dogs are allowed on the paths and trails. Please keep dogs under control.

  • It is essential that you clean up after your dog.

Additional accessibility information

Horses/horse-riding are not permitted on the reserve.