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  1. History and Legends Itineraries
    Discover our rich history, dating back centuries; our heritage and legends of our place in these suggested itineraries.
  2. Coastal Gems Itineraries
    Discover hidden gems, picturesque nooks and shoreside scenes; teamed with activities unique to our place.
  3. Indulgent Itineraries
    Itineraries for those looking to put relaxation a the forefront of their trip.
  4. Family itineraries
    These itineraries are family focused, offering suggestions and ideas that you can build on. Explore Ards and North Down together.
  5. A 3 Day Ulster-Scots Itinerary of the Ards Peninsula
    For those with an interest in history and heritage.
  6. Seasonal Itineraries
    Make it a Christmas break in Ards and North Down.
  7. Explore Strangford Lough
    Discover pockets of history, hidden gems of attractions and inviting eateries along the way.
  8. Drive AND Explore more
    Visiting by car? This information will help you explore more of this region, highlighting what is on offer and where you can visit close by.
  9. National Trust: Driving Routes in AND
    These routes take you on a discovery of designated areas under the care of the National Trust in Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula, through the North Down coast, the north of the Ards Peninsula, the south and the west.
  10. 1 night, 2 day Itineraries
    Take your pic of these suggested itineraries to make the most of a nights getaway.
  11. 2 night, 3 day Itineraries
    Steal a couple of nights away and make memories in our place.
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  1. The ferry links the beautiful Ards and Lecale Peninsulas and the villages of Strangford and Portaferry across the Narrows of Strangford Lough. The 10 minute ferry journey allows you to take in the stunning scenery of this Marine Nature Reserve.
    1. Accommodation in Ards and North Down
      Relax in the beauty of this place with accommodation ranging from distinctive self-catering options, cosy guest houses, glamping and caravanning/camping and a range of three, four and five-star hotel and spa facilities.
    2. Things to do
      Ours is a promise of adventure, from the nooks in the woods to award-winning beaches and country parks, we’re home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions. Plan your visit and make unforgettable memories with family and friends.
    3. What's On
      Vibrant festivals, events and workshops celebrate our talent and welcome artists from near and far.
    4. Mourne Coastal Route Self-Driving Tour
      The Mourne Coastal Route is a driving trail, taking you from Belfast via North Down, the Ards Peninsula, County Down coastline, Mourne Mountains and on to the city of Newry. The route leads you through some of the most scenic views in all of Ireland.
    5. Heritage Trails
      Our land is centuries deep and oh the stories it has to tell, some of which dates back to as early as 558AD. Learn about our history and heritage through one of our tours.
    6. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
      With over 100 miles of coastline, many Areas of Special Scientific Interest and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we want to protect this special place and the impact we have on our natural surroundings.
    7. Forest, Parks & Gardens
      Amongst the flora and fauna of our parks and gardens and trunks of towering trees you can immerse yourself in the natural environment and enjoy these shared spaces with the many animals who have made here their home.
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