Strangford and Portaferry aerial


Situated at the southeastern corner of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland’s first marine nature reserve and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the picturesque holiday resort of Portaferry. The quaint colourful rows of houses, its quays and traditional layout give Portaferry its character, with many buildings of historical and architectural importance.

From Neolithic to Medieval and pagan to religious, this is the place to come for cairns, castles and country houses.

The natural heritage of this region is equally impressive with unique land and seascapes making walking or birdwatching in the great outdoors simply magical.

Find out more about our marine life at Exploris.

A wide range of activities is available, from canoeing and sailing to motor racing and golf.

The peninsula is also home to a multitude of artists and crafts people, many of whom are keen to share their skills and show their work.

Portaferry offers a number of accommodation options and places to eat, some with live music entertainment.

A wealth of information on the surrounding towns and villages and what they offer can be found via the Visitor Information Centre and other organisations, detailed in useful links.