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Walking (Strangford Lough)

As an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty, walking in the Strangford Lough countryside is possibly the best way to appreciate its breathtaking landscape, old ruins, quaint villages and internationally renowned marine plant and wildlife. Many walking trails exist in the area for both the experienced and novice walker!


Places To Visit

Newtownards - Walking Guide, Newtownards

Newtownards, Ards Borough's capital town, is also its heart. An old market town, it has retained a reputation for good shopping which continues to attract people from far and wide.

Portaferry - Walking Guide, Ballywalter, Newtownards

Portaferry, situated on the southernmost tip of the Ards Peninsula, is full of character, with craft shops, pubs, restaurants and Northern Ireland's only aquarium adding to its appeal. A frequent car ferry operates between Portaferry & Strangford.

Ballywalter - Walking Guide, Newtownards

Ballywalter was a busy port in the early 17th century with a harbour, which still dominates the village giving it character and vitality.

Greyabbey - Walking Guide, Newtownards

A few miles north of Kircubbin is Greyabbey, which takes its name from the impressive ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey.

Lecale Way,

Long, flat walk around very scenic coastline

Ballyquintin Farm (to Bar Hall & Ballyquintin Nature Reserve),

A coastal grassland walk on the tip of the Ards Peninsula

Mount Stewart - Lake & Garden walk,

The famous gardens at Mount Stewart were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry and have been nominated a World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk through magnificent woodlands, viewing the flora and lake, beautiful throughout the entire year.

Corrog Wood,

Short walk through a recently planted deciduous woodland.

Killard National Nature Reserve,

Situated at the mouth of Strangford Lough, opposite Ballyquintin. The rich wildlife include orchids and other rarities, and interesting rock formations can be seen.

Killynether Wood,

Woodland walk with excellent views of surrounding countryside

Rambles for people with limited mobility - Mount Stewart,

A ramble around this National Trust property to see the famous gardens and house.

Quoile River Walk, Downpatrick

This walk begins at the Down County Museum, passing the Mound of Down, travelling along the Quoile River taking in sights such as Quoile Countryside Centre and Steamboat Quay.

Delamont Country Park,

Country Park Walks

Rowallane Garden,

Woodland Walk and Farmland Trail

Scrabo Hill,

A walk around Scrabo Hill, part of Scrabo Country Park

Comber Town Trail,

A walking trail of Comber town, County Down. This circular route will take the walker on a journey to discover more about buildings, monuments and streetscapes which have given the town its historical character.

Donaghadee Town Trail,

This urban walk provides an opportunity to learn more about the buildings, monuments and streetscapes which have given the town its historical character.

Millisle Beach is a nearby attraction.

Portaferry - Windmill Hill,

Enjoy a short walk around the town and learn a little more of its history and character with an opportunity to catch excellent views of the Lough and also observe the newly installed Seagen turbine.

Woodland Trail at Castle Ward,

Secret woodland trails and views over Strangford Lough

Castle Ward Shore Trail,

An all-ability multi-use trail on the shores of Strangford Lough

Castle Ward Castle Trail,

A short walk close to the shore of Strangford Lough.

Castle Ward Farm Trail,

A cycling & walking trail through woodland and farmland

Castle Ward Boundary Trail,

A walking & cycling trail around the boundary of Castle Ward Dem

Comber - Walking Guide, Newtownards

Explore Comber, the birthplace of Titanic’s chief designer, Thomas Andrews, with a self guided walking tour. The tour lasts 1 hour and covers a walking distance of approximately 1 ½ miles.

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