We will take you on a journey that is engaging, entertaining and designed to match your interests and needs. You will have a restorative and relaxing experience as you choose whether to travel on foot or by coach or a combination of both.
The Ards Peninsula is a place apart both geographically and culturally. Surrounded by water on three sides it has evolved in a unique way. Life is lived at a slower pace here and you are never far away from a waters’ edge experience. Leave the busyness of life behind you as you reconnect with nature and our rich heritage in this peaceful rural farming area. Easily accessible from Belfast which is less than 60 minutes away and only two hours from Dublin.
When St Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary in the 5th Century he sailed into Strangford Lough and established his first church at Saul, a short distance from the historic county town of Downpatrick. Today Downpatrick is a busy market town in the midst of a prosperous farming region. In this beautiful rural landscape of low, rolling hills you will be close to many historic sites including the grave of St Patrick.
Strangford Lough is a haven for wildlife with over 2,000 different species found in or around the lough and the area is popular with bird lovers. The largest island in the lough, Mahee is home to an ancient monastic site, Nendrum. There are a range of activities offered by tourism providers including boat tours on the lough, kayaking, canoeing and traditional bread-making in a spacious thatched cottage overlooking the lough.