Lough Beg

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Lough Beg
Loch Beag
Location Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°47′50″N 6°28′30″W / 54.79722°N 6.47500°W / 54.79722; -6.47500Coordinates: 54°47′50″N 6°28′30″W / 54.79722°N 6.47500°W / 54.79722; -6.47500
Basin countries Northern Ireland
Designated: 5 January 1976
Cattle Grazing in the Lough Beg National Nature Reserve

Lough Beg (from Irish Loch Beag, meaning "little lake"[1]) is a small freshwater lake north of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. The lake is located on the border between County Londonderry and County Antrim.

Church Island on the lake was the site of a pre-Viking monastery, during the summer it is normally reachable by foot. Due to the area's many rare plants and a stopping point for migrating birds the area was protected by the Lough Beg National Nature Reserve.


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  1. ^ Toner, Gregory: Place-Names of Northern Ireland, Volume Five, County Derry I, The Moyola Valley, page 76. The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University Belfast, 1996. ISBN 0-85389-613-5