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Take a walk by an ancient Lough

An age-old wonder, brimming with shimmering waters and bordered by greenery? One that was named by Viking invaders and deemed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

If you’re shaking your head, then pay a visit to Strangford Lough. This Northern Ireland tourist treasure is teeming with attractions, activities and 10,000-years of rich historical heritage.

So, it’s an amazing spot for a leisurely afternoon, mini-break or holiday.

Strangford’s many nautical miles are studded with 70 islands, wondrous creatures and beautiful bays. Spot seals, enjoy a literary tour or see historic sites.

Take the ferry from Strangford to Portaferry, paddle along a canoe trail or admire woodlands and wetlands – all while surrounded by the most awe-inspiring panoramas.

Experience the mystic of this ancient beauty for yourself. You’ll soon find your sea legs...


Experience a heritage wonderland in Downpatrick

Potter about the pretty harbour at Kircubbin

Shop for beautiful antiques in Greyabbey

Visit the wildfowl at Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Stop by the Exploris Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary

Roam woodland trails and see the famous tower at Scrabo Country Park

Step back in time at Down County Museum

See Saint Patrick’s final resting place at Down Cathedral

Cross the old bridge to Mahee Island and visit Nendrum Monastery

Stroll around Inch Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded by John de Courcy in 1180

Uncover history at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum


Take a camping trip on Salt Island, one of Strangford’s many islands

Cycle along the Strangford Lough Cycle Route

Dive in and explore underwater wrecks

Go kayaking, bouldering or learn mountaineering skills

Paddle along Strangford Lough Canoe Trail

Walk along the stunning coastline or visit pretty Delamont Country Park

Spot some of the lough’s two thousand marine animal and plant species

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