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Lough Neagh


Covering 383 square kilometres, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and is one of the earliest known inland sites of prehistoric man in Ireland.It is generally shallow with an average depth in the general body of the Lough of 9 metres (30 feet).

Surface Area of Lough: 383km2
Average Depth: 8.9m
Maximum Depth: 34m
Volume: 3.45km3
Length of shoreline: Approximately 125km
Maximum Length: 30.5km (SW-NE)
Maximum Width: 12.1km (W-E)

The area around Lough Neagh is one of the most important bird habitats in Western Europe. A haven for wildlife and home to a wealth of flora and fauna, Lough Neagh provides a unique and valuable natural resource, offering a very productive eco-system, which supports thousands of wildfowl and a large-scale eel fishing industry.

Whatever its origin, Lough Neagh continues to attract visitors from near and far.