Lisbane is a small village between Balloo and Comber that has scenic walks, rich history and glorious food on its doorstep.
Mahee Island is a short distance from Lisbane and hosts breathtaking views of Strangford Lough from the island’s golf course. Places of considerable interest on the island include the ruins of Mahee Castle and Nendrum Monastery.
Mahee castle is a small ruined tower house that is positioned at the north end of the Island. The house was built in 1570 by an English soldier called Captain Browne; however it was abandoned in the 17th century. To preserve the castle, restoration work took place in 1923.
Although uncertain, records suggest that Nendrum Monastery was founded in the 5th century by St Machaoi. Some remains of this Christian Monastery can still be seen, and it is believed to be the best example of a pre-Norman monastic site in Northern Ireland.
Castle Espie is a three-time award winning wetland reserve that is just a short distance from Lisbane. The Visitor Center provides an early wintering site for almost the entire Nearctic population of Brent geese. The reserve has the largest collection of ducks, geese and swans in Ireland. Nature walks surround the centre allow you to get close to the wild birds while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Located in Lisbane is The Old Post Office tea rooms. The building dates back to the 1840s and was restored to create a charming eatery which offers a unique dining and hospitality experience.
The hugely successful Poacher’s Pocket restaurant in Lisbane oozes modern country charm. This Michelin recommended restaurant provides great tasting food and even better portions.