The Ards Peninsula often just referred to as "The Ards" is a peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland, that separates Strangford Lough from the North Channel of the Irish Sea on the north-east coast of Ireland and contains the most easterly point on the island of Ireland.

The main towns on the peninsula are in the north Newtownards and Donaghadee whilst in the south you have Portaferry.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 4 beaches around Ards Peninsula, 15 beaches in Down, or have a look at our list of Down dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, places to stay and eat:

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    Millisle Lagoon Beach

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    Donaghadee Harbour

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    Ballywalter Beach

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    Copeland Islands

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    Cloughey Bay Beach

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    Ballyhalbert Beach

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    Mew Island Lighthouse

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    Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Some more locations in Down