Frequently Asked Questions
Why visit the Ards Peninsula?
1) Coastal Scenery –
The coastline of the Ards Peninsula is stunningly beautiful and is a mix of stretches of coastal path, coastal roads and tracks. The coastline includes the most easterly point on the island of Ireland, Burr Point located at Ballyhalbert harbour. There are many award winning golden sandy beaches dotted around the coastline. The Outer Ards coastline is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and the Upper Ards is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB). Other reasons include the following:
2) Christian Heritage –
Abbeys, churches, ancient graveyards, St Patrick’s trail
3) Sites of Interest –
Too numerous to list but include castles, forts, spiritual places, artistic centres, islands in Strangford Lough, fishing villages.
4) Walking –
Quiet tracks in beautiful surroundings throughout the peninsula, flat terrain
5) Wildlife –
Great diversity of birds, marine ecosystems in particular Strangford Lough
6) Plants –
Beautiful wildflowers in Spring and Summer
7) Unique geology –
Amazing rock structures at Kearney, Burr Point and other locations
8) Culture –
Irish and Ulster Scots
9) Weather –
Driest part of Ireland with a mild, maritime climate
10) Antiques & Crafts –
Greyabbey is a centre for antiques and craft businesses are dotted across the peninsula
Is there a minimum group size?
There must be a minimum of two persons booked on any given walk.
When do the walks take place?
Walks will usually take place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting from Friday 4th May 2018. However I am happy to arrange walks on other days at your request.
How do I get to the starting point for a walk?
You can travel by car and park at/near the starting point. If you are travelling by public transport we can advise on the best way of getting to the start of your walk.
How fit do I need to be?
The walks are easy as they are largely over flat surfaces and do not require any particular fitness level. Distances covered are relatively short and the duration of a walk is not more than 1.5 hours.
What do I need to bring on a walk?
Bring water, sun cream, sunglasses, rain wear, sturdy walking shoes with a firm grip, reading glasses (if used), warm clothing and binoculars.
Are dogs permitted on walks?
Do I need to pre-book?
Yes, pre-booking is essential.