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Island Hill & North Strangford Nature Reserve

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Island Hill

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Accessible at low-tide, this walk around Rough Island provides magnificent views of Strangford Lough and is an excellent view point for bird watching.

Start Point:
J489689

Finish Point:
J489689

Route:
Follow the path from the car park, along the concrete causeway (only accessible at low tide) and around Rough Island, before returning over the causeway. Explore the island itself! Island Hill is situated at the upper end of Strangford Lough and has excellent views across the Lough and towards Scrabo Tower. A good tide predictor website is Easytide (see link below). As Island Hill doesnt have its own tide location, use the Belfast low water time and then add 2hrs 15 minutes for Island Hill. So follow the link below, use the tables to locate the low water time for Belfast and add 2hrs 15mins. An example being if low water at Belfast is 14.48, for Island Hill low water would be at 17.03.

Distance:
1.5 miles

Terrain:
Flat, grass and stoney paths

Point of interest:
Wildfowl and magnificent Lough views, totem poll

Facilities:
Ample car parking, toilets and picnic tables

Publication:
None

Publication availability:
n/a

Nearest town:
Comber, Newtownards

OS map:
Sheet 21

Accessible toilet facilities:
Yes

Accessible terrain:
The Causeway is a concrete path, the path becomes grassy and stoney on the island.

Accessible signage:
No - but the route is very easy to follow

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Map & Directions

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Turn off the A21 Comber to Newtownards Road towards the shore of the Lough. Follow the signposts to Island Hill Nature Reserve, continue along the Ringcreevy Road for approximately 1 mile.

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