The Strangford ferry
There are many opportunities to take to the great outdoors of Strangford Lough
Situated only 30 minutes’ drive away from the hustle and bustle of Belfast, the tranquil shores await, offering visitors a 365 days a year destination where a friendly welcome awaits, whatever the weather!
On the Lough
Experience sailing, kayaking, diving, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, kite surfing, windsurfing, boating, and when the weather is right, paddling and swimming!
A simple ferry journey is also a must do; let the wind blow the cobwebs away! Ferry departs on the hour and half hour from Strangford until 10.30pm (11pm on Saturdays) or on the quarter past and quarter to the hour from Portaferry until 10.15pm (11.15pm on Saturdays). For more information and for booking of boat trips contact 028 9182 6846.
Around the Lough
A wealth of family friendly attractions await for kids of all ages to explore! Feed the ducks, hold a starfish, hand paint a piece of pottery, hop on a steam train or simply build a sandcastle. Our land based activities range from challenging golf, adrenalin fuelled motor racing, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, or energy burning cycling and walking.
For peace, beauty, tranquillity and family fun, visit Delamont Country Park, situated on the shores of Strangford Lough. Enjoy woodland and countryside walks, stunning views, open areas for family picnics, BBQ area and games, an outdoor adventure playground, miniature railway and summer events.
Climb to the top of Slieve Patrick, taking in the Stations of the Cross as you go, or visit The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, following the footsteps of Ireland’s patron saint while in St Patrick’s Country.
Find hidden gems at the National Trust properties, eccentric contrasting architectural styles at Castle Ward, climb a tree at Rowallane Garden, discover an 18th century village at Kearney, or experience the breath taking views of the Lough, from the family burial ground Tír na nÓg at Mount Stewart.
If you are a keen walker, why not browse the National Trust 'Walks Near You' Guide or download the National Trust 'Little Book of Great Walks Near You: Northern Ireland' which details walks within Mount Stewart and Strangford Lough, specifically Nugent's Wood Walk, as well as other walks within the Ards and North Down Borough.
Above the Lough
Why not take to the air? Helicopter, microlight and plane tours all offer magnificent views of the Lough and landscape. Have your camera at the ready!
Creativity round the Lough
Make the most of your visit to Strangford Lough by taking home a special handcrafted memory… Strangford Lough and the surrounding area inspires local artists, which is why it is home to numerous craft workshops and studios. Ceramics, woodturning, jewellery making, and textile crafts are just some of the wonderful creations made in the region.