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Portaferry is located at the entrance of beautiful Strangford Lough, a large enclosed, marine lagoon (150 km2) opening into the Irish Sea. We are approximately one hour drive from the main QUB campus in Belfast. 

Strangford Lough is a Special Area of Conservation under the European Union Habitats Directive. The marine flora and fauna in the vicinity of Portaferry are among the most diverse in the North Altantic; Portaferry is located in close proximity to an extraordinary diversity of habitats, from tidal mudflats inside Strangford Lough to the exposed coast of the Irish sea outside the Lough. The entrance to Strangford Lough is a narrow channel that experiences high speed tidal fluctuations, the whole volume of the Lough is exchanged every two weeks through a passage less than 1 km wide. The Narrows is the site of an experimental commericial tidal energy generator, SeaGen, operated by Marine Current Turbines.

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Ferry times

Portaferry is connected by ferry to Strangford. The journey time is approximately ten minutes. Ferries depart from Strangford then on the hour and the half-hour all day (07:30 - 22:30), and from Portaferry  at quarter to and quarter past the hour all day (07:45 - 22:45).

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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