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  • A trio of images depicting vikings and a historic graveyard

    Stories, myths and legends from Ards and North Down

    Northern Ireland is home to many stories, myths, and legends, with Ards and North Down laying claim to a fair few of its own. Ruined castles, holy wells, abbeys and military forts where tales of Bronze Age communities, Vikings, early Christian and Ulster-Scots heritage, and the role of this area in the Great Wars, are here to be discovered.

  • Groomsport Beach before sunset, an Inclusive Beach - made possible by Mae Murray Foundation

    Groomsport Beach - An Inclusive Beach in Ards and North Down

    Groomsport Beach is one of the five Inclusive Beaches in Northern Ireland, enabled so by the Mae Murray Foundation, which means that it has been carefully planned so that people of all ages and abilities can be included and can enjoy their surrounds to the fullest. Situated in the North Down area of our borough, this village location is an idyllic spot to spend a summer's day.

  • A collage of imagery associated with Ulster-Scots heritage in Ards and North Down

    The Ulster-Scots and the Ards Peninsula

    On the most easterly shores of Ulster, with easy sea travel, the Ards Peninsula has long been a place of human settlement.  The first inhabitants were Stone Age hunter-gatherers; later Scrabo Hill was occupied in the Bronze Age between 2000 and 300 BC.  Christianity took root in 545AD when St Finian founded a monastery named "Movilla" which was subsequently destroyed by the Vikings sometime after 824AD. 

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