Things to do Places to eat

The Ards peninsula is the place to explore from the Strangford lough to the beautiful beaches.  And of course the finest B&B on the peninsula. We have castles, distilleries, a national trust house, exploris, walks that every dog would be happy with, beaches that are as good as anywhere in the world. 

Castle Ward (GoT Winterfell)

Across the ferry in Strangford is Castle Ward, the castle used in the Game of Thrones.

Echlinville Distillery

Visit the newest Gin Distillery in Northern Ireland.  6.8 miles for Feetnpaws B&B.  The Echlinville Distillery in Newtownards is Ireland’s first farm distillery. We craft our spirits from the ground up, on land we have farmed for generations. Every drop is trickle pot distilled to perfection from barley sown, grown, harvested and malted by hand on our family farm. 

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey, it was the Irish seat of the Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry

Exploris Portaferry

Exploris is a public aquarium situated in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. The facility is located on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough, which is an important winter migration destination for many wading and sea birds

*Note:  Exploris do tours with dinner, see their website

Where to eat

Phone ahead, not every restaurant is open 7 days a week.

Salt House                                                              Portaferry

Captain Jacks                                                          Portaferry

The yard                                                                  Portaferry

The Narrows                                                           Portaferry

Exploris     Tour and Dinner                                  Portaferry

Artisan Cookhouse                                                Strangford

The Lobster Pot                                                      Strangford

Cuan - B&B, Pub Restaurant                               Strangford

The Saltwater Brig                6.9 miles North of Portaferry

Various takeaways                                                 Portaferry

Strangford/Portaferry foot and car ferry

The ferry can handle cars, trucks, MHs, etc.........

Time Table

From Portaferry to Strangford:

weekday  -  7.45am -  10.45pm (every 30 mins)

Sat            -  8.15am  - 11.15pm (every 30 mins)

Sun           -  9.45am  -  10.45pm (every 30 mins)