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Suggested Itinerary: Strangford

Group enjoys Stand Up Paddleboarding in Strangford Lough

It's time for something different, so make for the water and head for Strangford! To help you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Co.Down we've pulled together a few suggestions to get your short break started.

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  1. Castle Espie Woodland Trail


    Castle Espie, situated on the shores of Strangford Lough near Comber, County Down, is the newest WWT visitor centre and the Trust’s first in Ireland. It's main draw is its magical mix of wide estuary views, tidal lagoon, eel-grass mats, woodland walks, salt marshes and reed beds, along with the…

  2. Clandeboye Lodge Hotel


    A place apart. Clandeboye Lodge is the warm welcome of Northern Ireland. The comfortable and cosy corner you won’t want to leave. Charm and service from dawn until dusk.

  3. Mount Stewart


    Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

  4. Strangford View Mews - Sketrick


    The Mews are 18th century stable conversions overlooking the Lough. They have been tastefully restored in 2002 with handcrafted pine furniture.

  5. Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary


    Enjoy a diver's view of marine life from around the world without getting wet. A sunken galleon, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile, a Waddle of Penguins, all star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre.

  6. Castle Ward


    Discover a place of contrasts and creativity at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion and estate looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down.

  7. Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen Experience


    In Tracey’s Kitchen, people make friends as well as bread. No one leaves empty-handed. Guests take away the irish breads they made with their own hands, a pack of ingredients and recipes and, if there are any left, some still-warm cakes and scones. This is true Northern Irish hospitality at it's…

  8. Sunrise SUP & Island Yoga Experience


    Limber up as the sun comes up. Glide across the peaceful waters of Strangford Lough at dawn and greet the day ahead with a guided yoga flow.

  9. Scrabo Tower


    Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts incredible views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

  10. Finnebrogue Woods Bushcraft


    Step into the wild with an expert bushman.

  11. The Cuan


    The Cuan is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, on the Village Green in the beautiful tranquil village of Strangford. The Cuan is the perfect setting for a mid-week break, weekend getaway or an activity led holiday with the family.

  12. The Saint Patrick Centre


    The Saint Patrick Centre is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland’s patron saint. The exhibition Ego Patricius – The Story of St. Patrick, explores Patrick’s legacy, and recalls the saint’s story, in his own words.

  13. Denvir's Coaching Inn


    Denvir's is steeped in history and is the perfect setting for a drink, a bite to eat or an overnight stay in the heart of Downpatrick. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with plenty of craic so don't be afraid to join in.We hope to welcome you soon.

  14. Horseshoe Cottage


    This stunning 18th century cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough, combines luxury with cosiness and comfort. It is a rural getaway, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty.

  15. The Echlinville Distillery


    The Echlinville Distillery – at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits renaissance.

    The Echlinville Distillery became the first newly licensed distillery in Northern Ireland for over 125 years when it began production in 2013. It has since established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Castle Espie Woodland Trail (54.53059,-5.69416)Clandeboye Lodge Hotel (54.63538,-5.71991)10.61
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel (54.63538,-5.71991)Mount Stewart (54.55166,-5.602)10.83
Mount Stewart (54.55166,-5.602)Strangford View Mews - Sketrick (54.43178,-5.64311)12.25
Strangford View Mews - Sketrick (54.43178,-5.64311)Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary (54.38146,-5.54843)7.48
Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary (54.38146,-5.54843)Castle Ward (54.36771,-5.58054)2.33
Castle Ward (54.36771,-5.58054)Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen Experience (54.46363,-5.65278)10.49
Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen Experience (54.46363,-5.65278)Sunrise SUP & Island Yoga Experience (54.4811,-5.6458)1.8
Sunrise SUP & Island Yoga Experience (54.4811,-5.6458)Scrabo Tower (54.58062,-5.71176)10.68
Scrabo Tower (54.58062,-5.71176)Finnebrogue Woods Bushcraft (54.35927,-5.70875)22.18
Finnebrogue Woods Bushcraft (54.35927,-5.70875)The Cuan (54.37079,-5.55661)8.96
The Cuan (54.37079,-5.55661)The Saint Patrick Centre (54.32631,-5.71897)10.48
The Saint Patrick Centre (54.32631,-5.71897)Denvir's Coaching Inn (54.32859,-5.71843)0.23
Denvir's Coaching Inn (54.32859,-5.71843)Horseshoe Cottage (54.46363,-5.65278)14.06
Horseshoe Cottage (54.46363,-5.65278)The Echlinville Distillery (54.46903,-5.51048)8.3
Total Distance *130.65 miles
Estimated Journey Time4.21 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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