Island Hill & North Strangford Nature Reserve

Walking Route

Accessible at low-tide, this walk around Rough Island provides magnificent views of Strangford Lough and is an excellent view point for bird watching.


1.5 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Wildfowl and magnificent Lough views, totem poll

Nearest town:

Comber, Newtownards

OS map:

Sheet 21


Flat, grass and stoney paths


Follow the path from the car park, along the concrete causeway (only accessible at low tide) and around Rough Island, before returning over the causeway. Explore the island itself!

Island Hill is situated at the upper end of Strangford Lough and has excellent views across the Lough and towards Scrabo Tower.

A good tide predictor website is Easytide (see link below). As Island Hill doesnt have its own tide location, use the Belfast low water time and then add 2hrs 15 minutes for Island Hill. So follow the link below, use the tables to locate the low water time for Belfast and add 2hrs 15mins. An example being if low water at Belfast is 14.48, for Island Hill low water would be at 17.03.


Ample car parking, toilets and picnic tables

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

The Causeway is a concrete path, the path becomes grassy and stoney on the island.

Accessible signage:

No - but the route is very easy to follow



Publication availability:


Getting to the start by public transport:

Turn off the A21 Comber to Newtownards Road towards the shore of the Lough. Follow the signposts to Island Hill Nature Reserve, continue along the Ringcreevy Road for approximately 1 mile.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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