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Castle trail at Castle Ward


An excellent trail for spotting wildlife and taking in the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough, Audley's Castle and Farmyard at Castle Ward.

Couple walking on the Castle Trail with Audleys Castle in the background
Explore 15th-century Audleys Castle on the Castle Trail National Trust


Map route for castle trail at Castle Ward
Land and Property Services permit no. 120099 © Crown Copyright (2013)


Shore car park, OSNI grid ref: J571497


Start in the shore car park.


Follow the shore of Strangford Lough from the farm yard to Audley's Quay.

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The trail then leads you around Audley's Castle.

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Now follow Audleystown Road, a quiet public road back to the farmyard.

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Castle trail at Castle Ward


Wide and flat during the first 0.6 miles (1km) then through mature deciduous woodlands. This part of the trail has some steeper sections and gates to go through.

Castle trail at Castle Ward

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Castle trail at Castle Ward

How to get here

Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down BT30 7LS
By road

7 miles (11.3km) north-east of Downpatrick, 1 mile (1.6km) from Strangford on A25.

By ferry

Ferry from Portaferry.

By bus

Ulsterbus 16E, Downpatrick to Strangford.

Castle trail at Castle Ward

Facilities and access

  • Car park, toilets and tea-room at Castle Ward
  • Bike hire available
  • Gift shop and book shop