All Places in Down
- Bangor castle is not si much a castle but a three storey mansion house made from limestone attached to an earlier abbey which has a steeply pitched roof. The castle sits in formal gardens with flower beds. Bangor Castle is used by the local council as a Town Hall and not open to the general public although you have access to the parkland and gardens.
- Ballywalter beach is actually two beaches but it is the long south sandy beach that draws most visitors, with rock pools and never too crowded. Ballywalter is a village situated on the east (Irish Sea) coast of the Ards Peninsula. Facilities include small playground nearby, grass areas behind the beach, car parking and toilets.
- Strangford Lough is the biggest sea lough or lake in the United Kingdom. It flows into the Irish Sea at the Strangford Narrows but apart from that, is landlocked. There is over 15 000 acres of shore, islands, wetlands, marsh and woodlands here for wildlife to enjoy and it’s a lovely day out in the country if you’re a keen walker, fisherman, biker or just someone who enjoys the peace and quiet! The information centre here provides good knowledge of the wildlife, birdlife and marine life here and you’ll find Bar tailed Godwits, Terns and Brent Geese among the candidates for your attention. It’s all very well set up with a variety of car parking areas and viewing platforms, walks and resting areas to enjoy the scenery from. The walks are great and include a variety of low tide, island and other walks with stunning views. Coast nearby, Nature Reserve, Country walks, Access for visitors with disabilities, Suitable for picnics, Dogs welcome on leads.
- Ballyhalbert beach is sandy in a small village with a harbour on the east (Irish Sea) coast of the Ards Peninsula between Ballywalter and Portavogie. Just past the harbour is mainland Irelands most easterly point – Burr Point. Ballywalter also has a nature reserve, an old castle mound and the ruins of an old church.
- Cloughey has one of the best beaches in the Ards Peninsula boasting a wide sweep of sand with miles of sand dunes and a castle to explore! The bay faces South East with a long spit of stones providing protection from the Irish Sea swell. Cloughey Bay due to the size and protection is popular for windsurfing, water-skiing, kitesurfing and kite buggies. The bay is large and car parking with toilets exist.