Strangford is located within the Strangford Lough Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has been a designated Conservation Area since 1985. The centre of the village is located on a square adjacent to the harbour. Strangford is an ideal location as a holiday base to tour the Lacale . Why not follow the route taken by Van Morrision. Between Ardglass and Killough is a headland called Coney Island which has been made famous by Van Morrison in his song of the same name.
GolfWithin seven to ten miles from Number 42 you have a selection of 18 hole golf courses at Downpatrick, Ardglass, Ringdufferin, Bright Castle and The Royal Co Down which was home to the Irish Open in 2015 located in Newcastle.
SailingSpoilt for choice with over 16 yacht clubs on Strangford Lough. Local clubs within a few miles of Number 42 Strangford are:- Strangford
Quoile Yacht Club
Killyleagh Yacht Club
Downpatrick Race CourseDownpatrick race course is approximately 7 miles from strangford and is a great day out. It possibly the friendliest course in Ireland with a strong local following.
The MournesThe Mourne Mountains, also called the Mournes or Mountains of Mourne, are a granite mountain range in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland. It includes the highest mountains in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster.
ExplorisThe Northern Ireland Aquarium was opened in 1987 to enable the public to view the amazingly diverse marine life that exists around these islands.The aquarium went through a major two million pound revamp in 2015/16.A two-year-old Nile crocodile is among the new attractions at the centre. New enclosures have been created for fish and other aquatic species at the centre.
The conservation village of Portaferry was the ideal location. It is sited on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough which contains nearly three quarters of all the marine species to be found in Northern Irish waters.
Saint PatrickDownpatrick, the burial place of the Ireland's Patron Saint. Visit the The St Patrick Centre which is a new and exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint. Through Patrick's own words a light is shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his mission. A series of interactive displays allow visitors to explore how Patrick's legacy developed in early Christian times and reveal the fabulous artwork and metalwork which was produced during this Golden Age. The exhibition also examines the major impact of Irish missionaries in Dark Age Europe - a legacy which remains to this day.
Enjoy the Craic !Number 42 in Strangford Village is the ideal location for enjoying a nights Craic. Wheather you decide to cook in or eat out you'll be able to unwind, chill out and enjoy life the way it should be.
Castleward National Trust PropertyCastle Ward's 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne is in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. The mid-Georgian mansion is an architectural curiosity of its time, built inside and out in two distinct styles, Classical and Gothic. The Victorian laundry, playroom, cornmill, leadmine and sawmill give the full flavour of how the estate worked. The grounds encompass woodland and lough-side paths and horse trails, formal gardens, Old Castle Ward, Temple Water and the Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre.
Strangford Lough IslandsFolklore has it that there are 365 islands in Strangford Lough, one for every day of the year. The Lough is huge - almost like an inland sea. It's the largest sea Lough in the British Isles, covering 150 sq km. It is also a great place for marine life. Three hundred and fifty million litres of water flow in and out of Strangford Lough twice daily so it's perhaps no surprise that it's one of the richest marine environments in Europe.
In the Autumn Strangford Lough comes into its own. Up to 20,000 light bellied Brent Geese - that's three quarters of the world population - arrive in Northern Ireland after making a remarkable 3,000 mile journey from the Arctic Circle.
Strangford Lough WildlifeIn Strangford Lough nearly two thousand marine animals and plants have been recorded in and around the Lough - that's almost three quarters of all the species recorded around the Northern Ireland coast. is so big, there's a wealth of wildlife from seals and basking sharks to tens of thousands of birds that make remarkable journeys halfway across the world to get here.