Lake walk

Walking trail

Mount Stewart is one of the most unique and unusual gardens in the Trust’s ownership, enjoying the mild climate of the Ards Peninsula. The lake takes on a different beauty every few months as it reflects the changing colours of the seasons.

The lake at Mount Stewart, County Down


A map of the lake walk at Mount Stewart


Reception area Mount Stewart


From reception area walk towards to the north front of the mansion, along the wide graveled path and left around the seven acre lake. The banks are planted with Primulas, Irises and other water-loving plants, as well as the immensely large-leafed Gunneras.


You will pass Tir N’an Òg, Land of the Ever Young. On the slopes of this hill can be found paths and steps, running through a variety of shrubs and plants, that favour a hotter climate.

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A view of Tir n'an Òg at Mount Stewart


Returning to the path at the bottom of the hill you can either follow the lakeside grass path known as the Rock Walk or follow the gravel walk alongside Jubilee Avenue.


By crossing a little stone bridge over a stream you reach the Ladies’ Walk which will return you to the mansion house.


To the left rises Rhododendron Hill.

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Pink rhododendron loderi at Mount Stewart


Reception area Mount Stewart

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Pathway and lawns, mostly level access, some gravel. May be slippery in places.

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How to get here

Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down BT22 2AD
By train

Bangor, 10 miles (16km).

By road

15 miles (24km) south-east of Belfast on Newtownards-Portaferry Road, A20, 5 miles (8km) south-east of Newtownards.

By bus

Ulsterbus 10, Belfast to Portaferry, alight at gates.

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Facilities and access

  • Disabled toilets available in the reception area, courtyard, and carpark