Shore trail at Castle Ward

Walking trail

A short walk or cycle that takes in the beautiful surroundings and scenery of Strangford Lough and architecture of the castle.

An accessible route with beautiful views

Strangford Lough is a large sea lough or inlet in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is separated from the Irish Sea by the Ards Peninsula.

Strangford Lough at Castle Ward, County Down


Castle Ward County Down Shore Trail Map New


Shore car park, OSNI grid ref: J571497


Start in the shore car park.

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

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On reaching Audley's Quay turn and retrace your steps back to the farmyard.

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Shore trail at Castle Ward


Wide and flat. Accessible to everyone, the trail has no physical barriers.

Shore trail at Castle Ward

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Shore 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.

Shore trail at Castle Ward

Facilities and access

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