We’re surrounded by beaches. The mix of Atlantic currents and the Irish Sea
makes for warm waters and fresh surf around the coastline.
About 20 minutes drive, takes you to the Blue flag Tyrella Beach, surrounded by sand dunes, which is world famous for surfing & kite surfing. During the summer months a lifeguard will be present at weekends & everyday during school holidays (July & August).
Coney Island Beach, about a 10 minute walk south of Ardglass, is the closest beach, & if you want to swim, the water here is locally considered the warmest, probably due to the sheltered bay.
Ballyhornan Beach, north, about 10 minute drive, is a lovely sandy bay, with two sandy beaches stretching to Killard Point. Both beaches are great for a swim. If you follow the small road south through the village, you’ll find a smaller secluded beach, followed by a coastal walk, part of the Lecale Way & the Ulster Way & you can walk all the way back to Ardglass along the coast.
The village is great for exploring, right on your doorstep. You can take tours through the history and heritage, or get involved in the many activities happening throughout the year.
Fishing is available from the rocks along the Golf Course close to the house & from the pier.
The golf course starts and finishes right beside our house, sweeping around the coastline and down into Coney Island bay.
Ardglass has a splendid Marina, built in 1996, which welcomes visiting boats all year round.
The Mourne Mountains, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are to the south of Ardglass & can be seen from the hill going south from Ardglass across Killough bay. There are several drives through the mountains, where the views are spectacular. Access to walk or climb the Mournes is from Newcastle, or Castlewellan which are about 17 miles from Ardglass. There are outdoor pursuits centres where guides, equipment etc. can be hired. Mountain bike trails, canoeing and other outdoor sports are also catered for.
North of Ardglass about 10 miles, is the largest sea lough in the British Isles: Strangford Lough. It is an Area of Special Scientific Interest & a Marine Natural Reserve. Wildlife abounds; seals can be seen sun bathing at Cloughey Rocks, & the Brent geese flocks are annual visitors. Strangford, at the mouth of the lough is a picturesque village, from where a ferry operates half hourly to Portaferry, the gateway to the Ards Peninsula. Castleward, just outside Strangford, is a National Trust Property, with Historic house & out- buildings, beautiful gardens & walks along the lough, cycle trails, canoeing & which also includes locations used in filming Game of Thrones.