A drone flight the full length of Rams Island in early spring before leaves are on trees. Filmed on a flat calm day with the clouds reflected in the water. Lennymore Bay, Langford Lodge, Sandy Bay, Lady Bay and Portmore Lough in the background.
This time we are hoping as well as on the Island to get some of the
one of the sources, at the banks of the Glenavy River.
A family day out on Lough Neagh with light refreshments provided by
Helping the Environment
Supported by Antrim Borough Council
The future of humanity
depends on wetlands
They purify and
replenish our water, and
provide the fish and
rice that feed billions.
Wetlands act as a
natural sponge against
flooding and drought,
and protect our
coastlines. They burst
with biodiversity, and
are a vital means of
benefits are not widely
Often viewed as
wasteland, 64% of our
disappeared since 1900.
Help us turn the tide
on the loss and
degradation of our
wetlands. Join us for
World Wetlands Day 2015
– and beyond!
The River Bann & Lough
Neagh Association Co has produced a guide for the two major Islands
of Lough Neagh, Coney Island and Rams Island.
48 pages of information about the flora and fauna, history and a
small hint of scandal.
Ram's Island is located
approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the
Eastern Shore of Lough Neagh. Rams is the largest island on Lough Neagh.
Lough Neagh was designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest
(ASSI), a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site in 1992, 1996 and
1976 respectively. It has been suggested that Rams was formed as a
Glacial Esker. It is nearly one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide at
the widest southern end. Notable features of the Island are a round
tower (a scheduled ancient monument 58:16, the remains of a Celtic
Monastic Settlement about a thousand years old) and the ruins of the
O’Neill’s’ nineteenth century summer house. The Island was last
permanently inhabited in the 1920s by the Cardwell family who were
caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The remains of Cardwell’s harbour, left
dry by the lowering of Lough Neagh, can be seen near the ruins of
Cardwell’s little house. The Island has quite a number of mature
deciduous trees including Oak, Ash, Alder, Willow, Birch, Beech,
Sycamore, Lime, Horse Chestnut, and unusually Walnut. There are Yew,
Snowdrops, Bluebells, Primrose, Lords and Ladies (Jack in the Pulpit),
Wild Mint, Wild Garlic, Lesser Celandine, Ferns and a carpet of
Daffodils, depending on the season. Fungi such as Scarlet Elf’s Cap and
Jelly Ear can also be found. There are also various Mosses and Lichens.
Although overgrown, there are remains of a carriageway along the
elevated central spine of the island. There are overgrown paths along
the entire length of the Island. Its remote, wilderness and ‘lost in
time’ qualities make Ram’s a pleasant and attractive place to visit.