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Church Island on Lough Beg

Ballydermot Road, Bellaghy, County Londonderry, BT45 8LF
A church on an island on Lough Beg

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Church Island is a small island on Lough Beg - 1.5 miles from Bellaghy. The later medieval church that stands today, was built on the site of an earlier monastic settlement, thought to have been founded by St Taoide (St Thaddeus). A Bullaun Stone dating from this early settlement, is located close to the shoreline, to the south of the graveyard.

The tower and spire were built for Lord Bishop Hervey of Derry in the late 1700's, to be seen from his house at Ballyscullion, and remains an iconic landmark to this day.

Protected Nature Reserve. Grazing Livestock.No public access  No dogs permitted.  

Free parking and viewpoint is provided at Longpoint Wood. 

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* *** Please note that Church Island is located within a protected Nature Reserve, and surrounded by privately-owned land, with no formal right of way in place. This land is grazed by cattle during spring to summer, and in winter becomes flooded and impassable. In order to protect the sensitive wildlife and habitat, a view point has been constructed at Longpoint Wood, to provide a safe place from which to appreciate the site, and where car parking and useful information is provided. Dogs are not permitted within the Nature Reserve, in order to protect the ground nesting birds, and ensure the safety of livestock. Please respect this sensitive environment and help protect it for future generations.***

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