National Route 99 of the National Cycle Network traverses the Ards peninsula in Co Down, skirts the southern shores of Strangford Lough and down to Newcastle, Co Down.

National Route 99 travels around Strangford Loch providing a link between Belfast, Comber, Downpatrick and Newcastle.  Strangford Lough is an area of outstanding natural beauty in County Down, Northern Ireland. The route travels through a variety of landscapes along quiet country roads, with some traffic-free sections. The section between Belfast's new Titanic Quarter development and Comber is all along a newly developed greenway. 

The section on Ards Penisula offers spectacular coastal views of the Irish sea where Scotland and the Isle of Man are visible on clear days. The route travels through Portavogie and past the National Trust protected village of Kearney before reaching Portaferry. After a short ferry crossing to Strangford village, the trail continues through Castle Ward estate. The trail runs to Downpatrick before heading up the western shore of the Lough to Newtownards via Scrabo where rewarding panoramic views of the Lough await.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 99 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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