Castle Ward

Walking Route

Castle Ward offers a variety of trails - some hug the shores of Strangford Lough, others pass through woodland, tower houses, castles and ancient monuments. The trails are dotted throughout its landscape and a wealth of wildlife can be discovered. An entrance fee to Castle Ward National Trust Property applies.


1 - 2.6 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Farmyard, Audley's Castle, Standing Stone, Temple Water

Nearest town:


OS map:

Sheet 21


Variety of surfaces


** Please note that due to Forest Service felling operations in late 2010, the Perimeter Walk, the Green Route and the Pink Route are no longer navigable. New trail development is currently underway and will be available in June 2011 **

There are a variety of trails to choose from. The attached maps show the main walks ranging from 0.8 - 2.6 miles.

Some of the walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site -


Toilets, house and garden, wild life centre, tearoom, gift shop, children's play area, camping and caravan site, and picnic area

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

A range of off-road paths, uneven and wet in places.


National Trust Walks information

Publication availability:

Contact the Access and Recreation Officer 028 9751 0721 for more information

Getting to the start by public transport:

Castle Ward is directly off of the A25

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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