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  1. Strangford Lough
    Explore and treat your eyes to stunning 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!
  2. Strangford Lough - Family Time, 3 Day Itinerary
    When it comes to eating, drinking, travelling and experiencing, here, we embrace a slower pace. Away from the crowds, carve your path back to nature and create your family's staycation stories in this unique part of the world.
  3. Strangford Lough - Follow the Tide, 3 Day Itinerary
    Engage your senses, emotions and feelings the natural way - follow the tide around Strangford Lough. Try new things. Visit new places. This three day itinerary will help you squeeze as much as possible into your short break.
  4. Boats in a marina at night

    Explore water’s edge beauty spots and heritage sites, savour our award-winning local food and drink, be inspired by our creative makers and experience exhilarating activities and events – it’s all waiting for you!

    13 May 2021
  5. Newtownards

    Our place offers far reaching skies, miles of magnificent coastline, natural beauty, bountiful beaches and inspirational coastal and country walks.

    13 May 2021
  6. Towns and Villages
    Ards and North Down is made up of five lively individually defined towns, each surrounded by an abundance of unique villages, big and small, all with something special to offer.
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