Facilities & access


  • Strangford Lough covers an area of 57.9 square miles (150 square kilometres) and has a number of towns and villages found along its shores. Most of these have a choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and public toilets.
  • The National Trust encourages visitors to walk in its farmland sites, however we would ask you to respect livestock and keep your dogs under close control.
  • There is a wealth of accommodation in the area. National Trust holiday cottages are located at Castle Ward and nearby Murlough NNR. Castle Ward also has a popular camping and caravan park and its basecamp sleeps up to 15 people in dormitory-style accommodation
  • Salt Island Bothy is a basic stone building offering overnight shelter on Salt Island. It will accommodate about 12 people and has plenty of space for camping

Family & children

  • The Strangford Lough property has a series of exciting guided walks, talks and boat trips throughout the year, suitable for all the family


  • There are a number of lay-bys and car parks around the lough providing good bird watching positions and access to the shore. Mount Stewart and Castle Ward have disabled facilities.
  • Ballyquintin farm has a path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs from the car park to the viewpoint only.
  • Kearney is wheelchair accessible for the first mile along a rough grass track, but crosses shingle beach after this point.