Is your dog getting tired of the same old walks? Why not explore somewhere new this weekend? Whether your dog loves sniffing around the forest or running free on the beach, we can guarantee that we’ve got something to suit all pups here at Ards and North Down.

  1. Helen’s Tower

Firstly, we’ve got Helen’s Tower, a beautiful 19th century lookout tower situated in the woodlands on the Clandeboye Estate. Your dog is sure to love this spot as much as you will!

  1. Scrabo Tower and Country Park

If you haven’t yet visited Scrabo Country Park, it simply has to be on your list! Your pooch will just love exploring the paths and trails in the Killynether Woods, and the sweeping views of Newtownards from Scrabo Hill are just breathtaking.

  1. Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart is an incredible National Trust property overlooking Strangford Lough. Voted as one of top ten gardens in the world, it features a lake, a stately home, and beautiful walking trails. Dogs are welcome to explore the property but must remain on their lead.

  1. Island Hill

This island is situated just off the Comber Road and provides amazing views of Strangford Lough. Why not stop at the picnic tables for a spot of lunch? And don’t forget the dog treats!

  1. Ballymenoch Park

This lovely park near Holywood will have something for all the family. A children’s play park for the kids, beautiful flowers and plants for mum and dad to admire, and, of course, leafy woodland paths for the pups!

  1. Crawfordsburn Country Park

With its wooded glens, beautiful waterfall, and breath-taking beaches, Crawfordsburn Country Park is a must see! You will enjoy tranquil walks, stunning scenery and incredible views of Belfast Lough.

  1. Nugents Wood

This beautiful woodland area in Portaferry is managed by the National Trust and offers amazing views of Strangford Lough. Your dog will enjoy sniffing the wild flowers and chasing the squirrels in the forest. Keep an eye out for the animal statues, the CS Lewis sculpture and the butterfly seat!

  1. Kiltonga Nature Reserve

Located in Newtownards, Kiltonga Nature Reserve is a favourite amongst locals. The reserve won the Green Flag Award and is home to lots of beautiful wildlife, including swans, ducks and geese!

  1. Ballywalter beach

This award -winning beach is a popular holiday destination, featuring a long, sandy coastline and rock pools for your pooch to explore.

  1. Grey Abbey

These gothic-style abbey ruins were founded in 1193 and can be found in the beautiful, quaint village of Greyabbey. Come and visit the historical ruins and enjoy a picnic on the lawn!

These are only a selection of the sights to see and places to visit in Ards and North Down, to explore more check out our Things To Do section.

As always, be aware of what current local COVID-19 restrictions are in place and please follow public health guidance. For information visit, nidirect and the Public Health Agency website.

To avoid disappointment, when planning to visit an attraction in the area please continue to check individual provider websites before you leave the house to confirm if they are open, closed or if pre-booking is required.