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.

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