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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Activities & Attractions
    The very geography of County Down offers variety in itself. There’s the Mourne mountains sweeping down to the sea. There’s Strangford Lough, the largest lough of its kind in Britain and Ireland. The Ards Peninsula has a sea-bitten flavour all of its own. Head inland, into Bronte Country, and everything changes as rock and sand quickly give way to farmland and woods.
  2. Food & Drink
    In recent years celebrity chefs like Paul Rankin and Michael Deane have done a lot to boost Northern Ireland’s food and drink credentials. While many of their restaurants have made Belfast a culinary hotspot, their influence and that of others is felt across the country. Nowhere more so than in County Down.
  3. Accommodation
    You’ll find an amazing range of places to stay in and around County Down. There are hotels, coastal cottages and campsites with sea views to die for. There are ancient castles and period buildings steeped in history and atmosphere.
  4. What's On
    A trip to the Mourne County is sure to leave you feeling upbeat and positive, with everything that it has to offer.
  5. Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

    Here’s just a few ideas to get you started for things to see and do in County Down.

    24 Jun 2020
  6. Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails

    County Down is the most easterly county in Northern Ireland. Magnificent mountain landscapes meet pretty-as-a-picture fishing villages, glorious beaches and epic Game of Thrones® experiences.

    19 Jun 2020
  7. Royal County Down Golf Course

    County Down‘s rolling hills, majestic mountains and island-dotted loughs were practically invented for relaxing weekends. 

    24 Jun 2020
  8. The Mourne Mountains offer a tranquil spot to pause and reflect. It’s little wonder that these summits and valleys have been immortalised in verse and song. But it wasn’t always so. Once upon a time, this famous range was a hive of activity for stone masons, soldiers, and even smugglers.
  9. To understand Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle is a good place to start. This is the Queen’s official Northern Ireland residence, and the site of some of the region’s biggest discussions and decisions; past, present and future. At Hillsborough, you are experiencing history in the making.
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  10. Taking out a kayak is beautiful way to explore Strangford Lough. Down at water level, you are in tune with the tides, time of day and weather conditions. Gliding softly brings you closer to the lough’s wildlife, including seal pups and wild geese. There is something magical about this place.
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