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Strangford Lough featured in The Guardian:Five of the best holidays in Northern Ireland - Mon 14 Sep

Montage showing Strangford Lough langoustine, a couple baking and coastal landscape

Date: Monday 14 September

Belfast to the Causeway Coast: five of the best holidays in Northern Ireland

If you’re after wildly beautiful, rugged solitude, then Strangford Lough – the largest inlet in the British Isles – is the perfect destination. The shores of this giant lough (which was recently visited by two young orcas) have a desolate charm that is irresistible, particularly in the autumn months when the leaves change and the rolling fields and mountains are ablaze in colour.

It’s a hotbed for culinary delights, too – in the tiny village of Killinchy, Balloo House is home to two incredible restaurants, a casual bar downstairs and the luxurious Overwood restaurant upstairs, where you can find the best local ingredients transformed into plates that are as delicious as they are beautiful. If you want to get back to basics, you can learn all the country cooking skills at Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, a thatched cottage on the lough, just outside Killinchy, with workshops in bread making and baking. You will need to book in advance, which you can do online.

And if you want to tick off some National Trust buildings on your list, Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens you’ll ever see, while the eccentric Castle Ward is famed for its beautiful gothic style.

There’s plenty to keep thrill-seekers happy too. Strangford Lough Activity Centre offers a range of land and water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to raft building and wet bouldering. And it’s only a 30-minute drive from Belfast.

 

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Image credit - Tracey farmhouse kitchen and Mount Stewart image - Copyright Tourism Northern Ireland 

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