Strangford Lough is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles, covering an area of 150 square kilometers. A haven for wildlife, the Loch is one of only three marine nature reserves in the entire United Kingdom—over 2,000 species of marine wildlife are found in and around the area.

Containing at least 100 islands (although legend has it there is one for each day of the year), Strangford Lough is the most protected nature conservation site in Northern Ireland. 

Other area highlights:

Castle Ward House & Demesne

St. Patrick Center & Down County Museum

 Mount Stewart

Down Cathedral & St. Patrick’s Grave

 Castle Espie Wetlands