The village’s primary role today is geared to relaxation. It has a wide beach and acres of sand dunes. On the landward side, an excellent 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and children’s play facilities provide a focus for the visitor, as well as the families who arrive at weekends to occupy the homes that are a feature of the area. Of historical interest is Kirkistown Castle, built around 1622 and now open to the public during the summer.
Clean Coast Award winning beach
Sand dune system supporting a full range of wildflowers
Kirkiston Castle Golf Club with 18 holes and Ardminnon Golf Course with 9 holes
At the Cloughey Pavilion you will find newly refurbished floodlit tennis courts and an outdoor bowling green
Recently opened Children's Somme Memorial Garden with excellent playground facilities in the area
Three caravan sites catering for caravans and camping
Kirkiston Short Circuit Racing Track with either car or motor cycle events most weekends of the visitor season
Nearby horse riding centre
The Nora Watson Jewelry premises and workshop
The Built Heritage dept. of DENI maintain a number of archaeological sites in this area of the Upper Ards, including Kirkiston Castle, and the ruins of The White House said to be an early mid 17th century Plantation defended farmhouse
An ordnance survey map of the area highlighting these places of interest to the public can be seen at the Visitors Information Panels in the car park at the Centra Supermarket in the village
Visit the CDCA website at www.cloughey.org.uk for a complete range of up-to-date local information
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