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  1. Horseshoe Cottage exerior
    This stunning 18th century cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough, combines luxury with cosiness and comfort. It is a rural getaway, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty.
  2. Three children walking with a woman towards the Limekiln Observatory - a glass building on a hill.
    WWT Castle Espie is an extraordinary day out for the whole family. Escape the everyday, reconnect with nature, and experience the wonder of wetlands on the picturesque shores of Strangford Lough. Visit Castle Espie all year round and discover new trails, activities and wildlife highlights every time!
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  3. Grey Abbey ruins and graveyard from a birds eye view
    Grey Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey church and its living quarters were founded in 1193 by Affreca wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster.
    1. Greyabbey
      The wedding village of the peninsula. Orange Tree House has put Greyabbey on the wedding venue map on the Island with it's idyllic location overlooking Strangford Lough. The village is also very much known for it's antique shops and cosy eateries. Steeped in history, Grey Abbey ruins and Greyabbey House represent pivotal times in the Ards and North Down Christian and Ulster-Scots heritage.
    2. 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!
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    1. A photo of the alter at St Cooey's wells
      The church at St Cooey’s Wells is thought to date from the 7th century but only the foundation stones now remain. The Washing, Eye and Drinking wells in this peaceful, wooded dell are reputed to have healing powers.
      1. Close up photo of one of the gravestones, with others within view
        Within it are the ruins of a medieval church which is believed to be the Church of Ardmacossce or Ardmacaisse, mentioned in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas, 1306, along with an unusual cross-carved boulder.
        1. Portaferry Heritage Trail
          Welcome to the Free Portaferry Heritage Trail. Portaferry’s rich heritage is bound to the sea, and it is the home of one of the oldest continuous ferry crossings in the world., the full trail covers two miles and has 20 stops, around the historic town of Portaferry with accompanying 6 audio stop, or why not enjoy the smaller trail, which includes the 6 audio stops and a Kid’s Explorer Pack with fun facts and challenges to complete along the way.
        2. Kircubbin
          Kircubbin is a village and townland on the shores of Strangford Lough
        3. Plan Your Trip
          Ours is a place to escape to, slow down and feed your spirit Ards and North Down is defined by lush fertile fields and sweeping loughs, even the furthest reaches are within an hour of Belfast. Savour our award-winning local food and drink, be inspired by creative makers, artists and musicians and immerse yourself in our rich heritage.
        4. 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.
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