Magilligan is an area of both historic and conservational significance. The Martello Tower at Magilligan Point is an example of the small defensive forts which were built as a defence against a possible attack from the forces of Napoleon during the 19th Century. Magilligan Beach is one of the most studied coastal landforms in the region.
Magilligan - Greencastle: The Lough Foyle Ferry Company, founded in 2002, operates a ferry from Magilligan Point, County Limavady to the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal at Greencastle. The tickets are very reasonably priced, the ferry leaves every hour and is fun for all the family with Donegal a splendid destination!
The ferry post sailing times on the Lough Foyle Ferry website. A peaceful, scenic 15 minute ferry ride across the mouth of the Foyle.
Blue above and below, green to all sides, one of the nicest short ferry rides.
Magilligan is a recognised as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) plus as a Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). Magilligan Foreland is 20 miles long and 'Ireland's Largest Coastal Accummulation'.
Sand dunes are perfect examples of planetary 'Air Bending' and should always be treated with respect. No other Northern Ireland site has "as great a number of dune grassland and dune slack plant communities" according to The Department of the Environment.
'Sand dunes are dynamic elements of the landscape. They grow when sand is deposited on the beach by longshore drift or shoreward movement of sediment. As the sand dries between periods of high tide, it can be blown landwards and trapped by plants to become the beginnings of a sand dune system.'
Lough Foyle is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and also a Ramsar Site in 3 criterion:
~ The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has a Reserve at Lough Foyle, Wikipedia
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
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