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10 Great Instagrammable Spots in Ards and North Down

Couple taking a selfie in the evening at Bangor Marina

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Here are some of the most beautiful sights in Ards and North Down, they need no filter and you are guaranteed to be snap happy. 

See how many of these spots you can check off your list!

1. Scrabo Tower, Newtownards
Capture the imposing Scrabo Tower which is a 135 feet (41 m) high 19th-century lookout tower that stands on Scrabo Hill. It provides vast views and is a landmark that can be seen from afar. It was built as a memorial to Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry.

Scrabo Tower

2. Burr Point, Ballyhalbert
Burr Point at Ballyhalbert is the most easterly mainland point on the whole island of Ireland. The impressive iron circle with the letter “E” cut out is an ideal picture location.

Blue sky, green grass and the huge wooden circle with cut out E

3. Eisenhower Pier and Bangor Marina
North of Bangor Marina by Bangor Lifeboat Station, the pier has a number of mosaics representing the history of the town and one which depicts the borough's crucial role in WWIl. From here you can dander round to the seafront promenade which hugs the marina and forms part of the North Down Coastal Path. Stroll past Pickie Funpark onwards as far as your heart desires all the way to the end at Holywood (see number 5 for the North Down Coastal Path).

Couple standing at Eisenhower Pier looking out over Belfast Lough as a boat passes by

4. Grey Abbey
A great photo opportunity, Cistercian abbey ruins founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster. Grey Abbey can be found in the picturesque village of Greyabbey with beautiful antique and coffee shops you're sure to be won over by its charm.

Grey Abbey ruins

5. North Down Coastal Path
The photo opportunities are endless along one of the finest shoreline walks in Ireland. Take in the beautiful surroundings and contrasting shoreline which provides a number of differing habitats, from rocky shores to salt marshes and mudflats to sandy beaches. 

Couple walking along the North Down Coastal Path

6. Mount Stewart
Wow, you will be spoilt for choice at magical Mount Stewart - find out why Mount Stewart has been voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world. Capture the beautifully landscaped and informal grounds that surround the picturesque lake walk and impressive neoclassical family home. (Pre-booking is essential)

Mount Stewart house

7. Nendrum Monastic Site, Comber
Make a record of this scenic location with a snap or two as it is thought to be the best example of a pre-Norman monastic site in Northern Ireland. The monastery consists of three round dry stone walled enclosures, one within the other situated on the shores of Strangford Lough. (Be aware, this site is prone to flooding so appropriate footwear is recommended)

Nendrum ruins

8. Sketrick Castle, Killinchy
Sketrick Castle, reached by a causeway on the west coast of Strangford Lough, take your pics at the ruins of the castle located on Sketrick Island.  This large tower house was built in the mid 15th century and has a rich history to be discovered.
Looking at Sketrick Island and Castle from the road leading up to it

9. Ulster Folk Museum
Promising fantastic shots as you stroll around the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum.  Encounter costumed locals demonstrating traditional crafts in cottages, farm dwellings, schools, and shops as you enjoy a visit to this living history museum.  There are rolling hills and a bustling town, filled with authentic period buildings, rich in traditions from over 100 years ago. (Pre-booking is essential)

Two children running on the cobbled street of the Ulster Folk Musuem

10. Donaghadee Harbour and Lighthouse
This well-photographed famous Northern Ireland Landmark welcomes you to take your creative capture! Donaghadee’s iconic lighthouse stands guard on the harbour keeping ships right in times of trouble with its beam and foghorn.  The Donaghadee Lighthouse has the distinction of being the first Irish lighthouse to be converted to electricity.

Couple walking can see only legs and view of Donaghadee Lighthouse in the background
Image credit: Tourism Northern Ireland

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.