Tee off at Ardglass Golf Course, one of the world’s most spectacular links. Historic, dramatic, epic - this challenging course with its 14th Century Castle Clubhouse and stunning sea views certainly gives Royal County Down a run for its money. And the best bit? It’s just across the road from Margaret’s Cottage!
There are fishing and angling clubs galore along these shores. None better than a little spot right behind Ardglass Golf Course where the waters brim with cod, pollock, mackerel, flounder, dab and bass. Nearby Kilkeel and Newcastle will also have you hooked!
See these famous mountains sweep down to the sea as in the famous Percy French song. Climb to the highest peak - if you’re up for the challenge - or hire a car and drive through the Silent Valley. It’s simply stunning – so it’s no wonder it has been awarded ‘area of outstanding beauty’ status.
This National Trust treasure is just a stone’s throw away. Take a leisurely stroll around this 18th Century mansion with its perfectly manicured gardens and finish off with a home-made pastry, or two (they’re rather irresistible) in the traditional tearoom.
The small harbour town of Portaferry, nestled at the mouth of Strangford Lough is well worth a visit. Get up close to all sorts of marine life at Exploris Aquarium, hop aboard the car ferry and sail across the lough to Strangford. Just make sure you stop off for some local seafood. The oysters and mussels are unmissable!
We know that time and tide wait for no man. If you’re part of a sailing crew, on a quest to Sail Ireland and have been bunking up sardine-style with shipmates for one night too many…come ashore at Ardglass. We’ll pick you up at the jetty and have you back on the pontoon first thing, well in time to catch the tide
Go cycling, walking or saddle up and try some Pony Trekking along golden sands beneath craggy cliffs. Murlough Nature Reserve, Ireland’s only nature reserve centre, is a few minutes drive away, with its 6000 year old dramatic dunes, a breathtaking beach that stretches as far as the eye can see...
Downpatrick and Ballynahinch are excellent for shopping, especially if you’re looking for something different. Family-owned independent stores dominate these County Down towns, though you will find High Street favourites too.
Follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s patron Saint. There’s no better place to start than at the St. Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick, just a few snakes’ bends away!
As you’d expect from a beautiful historic town like Ardglass, there are some folk that never want to leave. So you may well experience a bump or two in the night with some unexpected guests...