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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Last updated: 22 July 2013

For its small area, Northern Ireland has a great variety of scenic countryside and although there are no National Parks, large areas of landscape of distinctive character and special scenic value have been designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This designation is designed to protect and enhance the qualities of each area and to promote their enjoyment by the public.

There are 8 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland. To view the boundaries of each AONB in detail, please go to the 'Information Sources' menu box on left hand side of NIEA homepage.

Please note, there is currently a minor error on the map below: the official designed title of the AONB shown as 'Mourne and Slieve Croob' is in fact 'Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.

picture of map of AONBs in Northern Ireland