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Scrabo Country Park


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203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4SJ
Scrabo Country Park

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This picturesque country park provides a natural and relaxing retreat to visitors. For those who enjoy walking, they can go and experience walks to the beech and hazel woodlands of Killynether. During Springtime, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and wood anemones.

Here at Scrabo, there has been a lot of generated interest from geologists, as there are old quarries where the famous peach-coloured Scrabo sandstone came from. The quarries are of special interest to geologists as they display 'dykes' through which molten lava from deep in the earth burst up through the sandstone and horizontal 'sills', leaked out to the sides where there were weaknesses in the sandstone strata, cooling to form dolerite. The hard igneous dolerite captured the hilltop and protected it from the ice-sheet grounding away at the rest of the sandstone. Ravens and jackdaws nest in the quarries, which have also been the breeding site for kestrels and peregrine falcons.

When it is open, visitors can climb Scrabo Tower, built in 1857 in memory of the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry and is known as one of Northern Ireland’s best known landmarks. (The Tower is now in the care of the Department for Communities).

We hope you have an enjoyable positive experience at Scrabo Country Park. You may like to visit our other properties which include: Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helen's Bay and Redburn Country Park, Holywood.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays


  • Picnic Area

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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Opening Times

* Open to pedestrians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The two car parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
As part of the easing of ongoing Corona Virus, Co-Vid 19 restrictions
car parks at Scrabo Country Park are open to the public.
The toilets are open from 10am to 5 pm and the mobile ice cream concession is able to resume operations in the park.
The park is open all year round for pedestrian access.
Please be aware of the ongoing restrictions and plan visits accordingly;
Please note that car parks may be temporarily closed at times to support social distancing if sites become particularly busy or crowded.
Make sure that you follow Public Health Agency guidelines and maintain social distancing at all times.

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