Close up of man fishing

Activities

Angling, Lough Cowey, Portaferry

Trout fishing. License and permit required. Contact DCAL 0300 200 7860
www.nidirect@.gov.uk/angling

Directions: On A20, 5 miles south of Kircubbin or 2 miles north of Portaferry.

Birdwatching, various locations

Birds can be viewed from various access points around Strangford Lough.  Depending on the season species include: terns, grebes, shoveler, mallard, wigeon, shelduck, brent geese, oyster catcher, plovers, heron, curlew, redshank and turnstones.

For more details visit www.strangfordlough.org

Boating, Portaferry

Sailing on Strangford

Boat trips on Strangford Lough on the St Brendan. Trips from May – October (every other Sunday) from Portaferry or Strangford, for bird and seal watching. Angling groups also catered for.

Must be booked in advance. Contact John Murray Jnr for further details: 028 4272 8414 / 07986 625 162

Canoeing

80 square nautical miles of paddling playground from the fast-running tidal channel in the south, to the more gentle waters around the islands there is something for canoeists of all abilities. With the many access points around the shores of the Lough the possibilities are endless.  

For a trail map call into the Visitor Information Centre or visit www.canoeni.com
 

Exploris Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary

CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT, DUE TO REOPEN JULY 2016

Displays the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits. Please check the website for opening hours and prices.
Signposted in Portaferry.

Website: www.exploris.org.uk

Game of Thrones Experience, Castleward

Experience Game of Thrones® for yourself. A replica of the ‘Winterfell Archery Range’ has been recreated in the courtyard in the same spot filming took place, transporting you into the world of Westeros. Dress up in character costume and step into the movie set.

This tour is independently run by Clearsky Adventure at Castle Ward. Advance booking required: www.clearsky-adventure.com

Golf, Ardminnan Golf Course, Cloughey

9 hole parkland golf course open first light to last light. Bar and restaurant serving food daily, open to the public. For further information on green fees and club hire please contact: 028 4277 1321 / 07974 772050

Directions: Follow coast road south from Cloughey. Golf course on left after 1.5 miles.

Golf, Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, Cloughey

Kirkistown Golf Club

This 18-hole course is a challenge for even the best players, dotted with many deep revetted bunkers and some of the most difficult par 4’s in Irish Links Golf. With majestic elevated greens and tees the views of country and coast are stunning; the course plays firm and fast which requires a traditional style of strategic play. Full bar and restaurant facilities.  Open daily from 8am until dusk.

Contact: 028 4277 1233 www.kirkistowncastlegolfclub.com

Motor Racing Circuit, Kirkistown, Kircubbin

The international motor circuit at Kirkistown is the home of the 500 Motor Racing Club.  It is the venue for many major events on motorbikes, cars and karts, and draws large numbers of spectators. There are car race meetings on the last Sat of every month from March – Sept and the annual Easter Monday Motorbike Race.

Website: www.kirkistown.com

Sailing and Yachts

  • Kircubbin Sailing Club 028 4277 1525 www.kircubbinsailingclub.co.uk
  • ​Portaferry Sailing Club 028 4272 8770
  • Portaferry Marina 077 0320 9780
  • Strangford Lough Yacht Club, Killinchy 028 9754 1883 www.slyc.co.uk
  • Strangford Sailing Club 028 4488 1404

Portaferry Heritage Trail

windmill hill

In this self-guided walking trail, follow Portaferry's history through its built heritage, from its Norman castle and medieval graveyard to the legacy of a thriving shipping industry in the 1700s. Imagine the tumult of the 1798 rebellion at the Market House or enjoy the magnificent view from Windmill Hill. The story comes right up to the present with a vitally important lifeboat station and a centre for marine research. Pick up a leaflet with map at PORTICO or Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership offices in Portaferry or download from http://www.strangfordlough.org

Yoga Weekends

Yoga at The Social Narrows

Yoga weekend retreats with accommodation available

The Social Narrows, 8 Shore Road, Portaferry

Contact: Spouncer@btconnect.com / 07725 646 333