Exploris Aquarium

Explore the postcard-perfect scenery around Strangford Lough.

Savour the beauty of Strangford Lough by driving right around the stunning shoreline and finding all the hidden gems along the way. 

Clandeboye Lodge

First however, get checked-in at Clandeboye Lodge in Bangor. You’ll love this rural hideaway’s contemporary décor, award-winning Coq & Bull Brasserie and its manicured grounds. 

Mount Stewart

Then it’s time to loop the lough. And your first stop on the eastern shore is Mount Stewart, a neo-classical house with pristine gardens rated among the world’s top 10 gardens. 

Nearby, you should also try to see Greyabbey for its picturesque village and the ruins of the 12th Century abbey it’s named after.

Next, it’s on to Portaferry, where you can stop-off at Fiddler’s Green to see one of the famous Game of Thrones® doors, or visit Exploris Aquarium to meet the local sealife, before hopping onto the Strangford Ferry to cross ‘The Narrows’.

When you arrive in Strangford, enjoy lunch in The Lobster Pot, Co. Down’s ‘Best Casual Dining’ at last year’s Irish Restaurant Awards, or The Cuan, famed for hosting the Game of Thrones® cast when they filmed nearby.

Travelling up the western shore, you’re spoiled for places to visit. You could stop at Glastry Farm to sample award-winning ice creams.


Sample of food on NI Food Tours

NI Food Tours, are for Foodies and those who just love good food and drink! You will sample foods as varied as single estate whiskey to artisan dulse wheaten bread and everything in between! Why not visit The Stables at Ballygraffan where you can take time to get in touch with nature, de-stress and recharge those batteries by trying out one of the experiences on offer.

Fully refuelled, it’s time to visit Ireland’s biggest collection of waterbirds at Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetland Centre.

After that, call in at Balloo House in Killinchy, which has two of Ireland’s most acclaimed chefs, or the Poacher’s Pocket in Lisbane, making sure to pick-up goodies from its artisan deli.

It’s all just a couple of hours from Dublin by rail or road and easily accessible from Belfast. And there’s great hotel deals waiting for you.

So, when will we see you?

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