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Mount Stewart is home to a healthy population of red squirrels | © National Trust Images/John Millar
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Mount Stewart red squirrel trail

This wildlife trail takes in the path around the lake, formal and informal gardens and the woodlands at Mount Stewart. Look out for red squirrels on the route up to Rhododendron Hill, which has become a haven for these shy creatures. You'll also spot swans on the lake and see some of the unique features added to the estate by Lady Londonderry.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Reception area at Mount Stewart, OSNI grid ref: J553695

Step 1

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

Step 2

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 in County Down, Northern Ireland | © The Italian Garden at Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Step 3

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

Step 4

Follow the path around the lake.

Swan and cygnets sitting on their nest at Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Discover wildlife on the lake at Mount Stewart | © National Trust / Trevor Moffet

Step 5

Make your way towards Tìr nan Òg, the family's burial ground high up on the hill.

Step 6

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

Step 7

Continue on the path around the lake towards Mount Stewart house or take an alternative route through Rhododendron Hill. Finish your walk by returning to the front of Mount Stewart house.

End point

Reception area at Mount Stewart, OSNI grid ref: J553695

Trail map

A map of the red squirrel trail at Mount Stewart, County Down
Mount Stewart red squirrel trail map, County Down | © Crown Copyright (2013) Land and Property Services permit no. 120099

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