Donaghadee is a small market town whose origins lie in its proximity to the Scottish coast. In fact on a clear day its easy to see Galloway across the water if you climb up the little hill to the MOAT.
The MOAT is the remains of a nineteenth century folly.
From the seventeenth century until the middle of the nineteenth century ferries ran between Donaghadee and Portpatrick. Various notables arrived in in Ireland by this route , including , in 1818 , John Keats on his walking tour of the British Isles.
The liitle pub GRACE NEILLS INN on the High Street dates back to 1611 and claims to have accomodated Peter the Great of Russia during his European tour.
Yes….Donaghadee is a little hidden gem on Ireland tours. There is a nice little golf course too.
It is also easily accessible from Cruise ships or on our extended Belfast tours.