Facilities at Portmore Lough

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

If you'd like to use the community room for a meeting, event or children’s party please call in advance to book the room on 028 9265 1936.

Car park
  • Open every day 9am - 5pm.
  • On Christmas Day the toilets and carpark will be open 11am - 3pm.
  • When the car park gates are closed please park outside the gates.
  • 14 spaces
  • No height restrictions.
  • Tarmac surface. 
  • There is one unisex toilet and one men’s toilet.
  • The toilets are open from 9am - 5pm daily.
Accessible toilets

There is one disabled access toilet.


Nearest refreshments, including hot food, at Gawleys Gate pub, 1.5 miles (2 km) away.

  • No shop facility on-site.
Picnic area
  • Picnic area on a cut-grass surface. Small pond accessed by an all-weather path though the wildlife garden.

Binocular hire
  • Binoculars and pond dipping kit are available free of charge (when site is manned).
  • Activities for groups of 8+ are available by arrangement.
Guided walks
  • Guided walks available for groups of eight people or more by arrangement. Pond dipping also available by arrangement. Call 028 9265 1936 to arrange.
Viewing point
  • Hide overlooking lough and reedbed.
  • Viewing platform overlooking the wet meadows, reedbed and lough
Nature trails
  • Two nature trails - 200m trail around the wildlife garden, and 500m all-weather wheelchair accessible trail through the woodland and across the meadows to the hide.

Educational facilities
  • Community room available for hire – to make a booking call 028 9265 1936.
  • School groups welcome by prior arrangement.