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View down Strangford Lough from Castle Ward Bay with Audley's Castle on the left in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Strangford Lough and Audley's Castle, County Down | © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus
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Castle Trail at Castle Ward

An excellent trail for spotting wildlife and taking in the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough, Audley's Castle and the farmyard at Castle Ward.

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Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Shore car park, OSNI grid reference: J571497

Step 1

Start in the shore car park.

Step 2

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

Step 3

The trail then leads you around Audley's Castle.

Step 4

Now follow Audleystown Road, a quiet public road back to the farmyard.

End point

Castle Ward farmyard

Trail map

Castle Ward castle trail for walking and cycling in County Down, Northern Ireland
Castle Ward castle trail, County Down | © Crown copyright (2013) Land and Property Services permit no. 100153

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