Rams Island


 Rams Island Heritage Project  Supported By


 The Rams Island Heritage Project is an undertaking of the Charity the River Bann and Lough Neagh Association Company (RBLNAC).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Camping, Glamping and Boat Trips

Are Now Permitted.

The Jetty at Rams Island Lough Neagh is now open.
 We ask that people practice social distancing, to keep our volunteers and members of the public safe.

Anyone wishing to visit or camp please contact us on 07715368050

further details visit our Camping Page

or for Boat Trips Island Warrior Page

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Ram’s Island Heritage Project

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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.



The Rams Island Heritage Project is run for by a Team of Volunteers from the

Charity the River Bann and Lough Neagh Association Company. There are no paid staff.

Everything is done by Volunteers.

100% of every donation goes to the maintenance, upkeep and care of Rams Island.


RBLNAC is a Recognised Charity NIC102397 and a Company Limited By Guarantee  NI 53517

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This site was last updated 14-Jun-2021