Strangford Lough, County Down

Starngford Lough is in County Down and you can travel around the lough and across on a quaint ferry to take in the likes of Castleward House and Saint Patricks grave on Ireland tours. Definitely not so much your hidden gems as jam packed with must see attractions.

Ancient annals say that Strangford Lough was formed around 1650BC by the sea sweeping in over the lands of Brena. 

This created a beautiful , calm inlet , the archipelago-like pieces of land along its inner arm fringed with brown and yellow bladderwrack and tangleweed , and tenanted by a rich gathering of bird life during the warmer months and vast flocks of geese and waders in the winter.

It’s an attractive haven of small boats and yachts , and several picturesque halts for the land-bound make the road along the lough’s western shore the most interesting route leading south on Our extended Belfast tours.

On our tours of Ireland we always recommend a route around Strangford Lough.