Belfast to Newcastle Coastal Route

Traverse around the Ards peninsula in Co Down with its rich history, quaint villages and impressive castles. Skirt the southern shores of Strangford Lough and head down into Newcastle.

The Belfast to Newcastle Coastal Route 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 water is packed with interesting and unique wildlife to spot all year round. And the woodland and farmland are perfect for forgetting the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.

The route travels through a variety of landscapes along quiet country roads, with some traffic-free sections. The section between Belfast's Titanic Quarter developments is a beautiful greenway.

Ards Peninsula offers spectacular coastal views of the Irish Sea where Scotland and the Isle of Man are visible on clear days.

You’ll travel 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.

Follow the route 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.

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