Summer at Mount Stewart

A swan and cygnets swimming in the lake

Summer is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland flourish with wildlife.

Here's what you can expect to see over the next few months:
  • Otter
  • Breeding little grebe, mute swan, mallard, tufted duck, moorhen and coot on lake
  • Carpets of common spotted orchid
  • Butterflies such as meadow brown and ringlet
  • 5 species of bats

Take a walk

There are so many beautiful things to see at Mount Stewart, not just in the house but the gardens to. Set your own pace and discover all there is to see by taking one of our walks.
Red Squirrel Walk
How many of these little critters will you spot? A great walk for kids and adults alike.
Lake walk
Feed the birds on the lake, discover Rhododendron Hill and Tir N’an Og, the family's burial ground.

Red Squirrels

The red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, is one of our most popular and well-loved mammals. Mount Stewart is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to spot them.
While we can't guarantee a sighting, you're most likely to encounter them early in the morning or late afternoon, behind the house and to the north of the lake.
The red squirrel was once abundant in Ireland but has drastically reduced in numbers and distribution over the last 50 years. Habitat loss and fragmentation contributed to its decline but the biggest threat is the grey squirrel.
The grey squirrel came from North America. It was introduced to Ireland from England to Castle Forbes, County Longford in 1911. Since then, grey squirrels spread and are now established throughout Ireland. Grey squirrels are bigger than native red squirrels. They compete for the same food and habitat, and can spread disease.
Protecting the red squirrel
We must remain vigilant in order to protect the long-term future of our red squirrel population. The red squirrel is protected by law and is a priority species for special protection in Northern Ireland. The National Trust is an active member of the Northern Ireland Red Squirrel Forum and Mount Stewart is a Red Squirrel Sanctuary.