Red Squirrel trail

Walking trail

The trail takes in the path around the lake, formal and informal gardens including Rhododendron Hill as an alternative route.

A red squirrel resting on the branch of a tree


A map of the red squirrel trail at Mount Stewart


Reception area at Mount Stewart


Start at Mount Stewart reception and make your way to the front of the house via the courtyard.


Make your way through the gate into the formal gardens, pass the Sunk Garden and use the stone steps to make your way down into the Italian Garden. Walk straight ahead towards the black and gold metal gate which brings you into the Lily Wood.

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A view of the Italian Garden at Mount Stewart


Make your way through the Lily Wood until you reach the path, follow the path towards the lake.

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A path leading through the Lily Wood at Mount Stewart


Follow the path around the lake.

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A swan and cygnets sitting on their nest at Mount Stewart


Make your way towards Tir N'an Òg, the family's burial ground high up on the hill.

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Looking through an iron gate into Tir n'an Òg at Mount Stewart


Continue around the path until you reach Broadley's woodland.


Continue on the path around the lake towards Mount Stewart house or take an alternative route through Rhododendron Hill.

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Purple rhododendron flowers


Finish your walk by returning to the front of Mount Stewart house.


Reception area at Mount Stewart

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Red Squirrel trail


Easy to moderate walking conditions on well surfaced pathways and lawn, mostly level access with some gravel.

Red Squirrel trail

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.

Red Squirrel trail

Facilities and access

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