For fine cuisine and something 'crafty'
Killinchy is a townland and small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. The village sits on a hill overlooking Strangford Lough. The nearby settlement of Balloo is treated as part of Killinchy.
For fine cuisine, quaint places to stay and boutique little shops, this village is a hidden gem.
Sketrick Castle is located near Killinchy and is estimated to date back to the 15th century. It was intact until the end of the 19th century when a storm demolished much of it.
Killinchy Clocks, a family run woodworking company is based in the village. The company make pendulum clocks and all the components entirely from wood.
The Crafty Fox - a one-stop shop for craft supplies and bespoke handcrafted gifts - is another 'must visit' in the area. It also runs a range of courses for those that like to do it themselves.
Home to Balloo House and the Poacher's Pocket, Killinchy is a foodie haven.
Balloo House is an award-winning restaurant and beautiful country pub with a rich history. It was originally a coaching house bought by the McConnell family in 1893. Refurbished, it now boasts stunning stone floors and a working Aga , creating a cosy feel.
The hugely successful Poacher’s Pocket restaurant in Killinchy oozes modern country charm. This Michelin recommended restaurant provides great tasting food and even better portions.