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Sailing BoatFor the leisure sailor, Down offers the expanse of Strangford Lough. The Lough is a glittering tracery of islands and inlets all framed by the majestic Mourne Mountains. 


 Phennick Cover Marina, Ardglass

19 Quay Street, Ardglass,
BT30 7SA
T 028 4484 2332   
F 028 4484 2332   
Situated at an important co-ordinate on the Coast of Down, it offers unlimited access 24 hours a day. It has a capacity for 83 berths.

East Down Yacht Club

Moymore, Killyleagh
BT30 7SA
T 028 4482 8375
F 028 4484 2332
A racing and cruising club situated on the western shores of Strangford Lough, having a nine acre site and modern clubhouse.

Killyleagh Yacht Club

Cuan Beach, Killyleagh
T 028 9258 7200

KYC is centrally positioned, situated on the west shore of Strangford Lough. The club has a good landing pontoon which gives easy access to all local facilities. 

Newcastle Yacht Club

12 South Promenade,
The Harbour, Newcastle
BT33 0EX
Dinghy sailing and sail training available all summer.. 

Quoile Yacht Club

21 Castle Island, Downpatrick
BT30 7LD
T: 0 28 4461 2266

Strangford/Portaferry Ferry

Strangford Ferry Terminal,
The Slip, Strangford
T: 0 28 4488 1637
Sailing times from Strangford. Departs on the hour and half past the hour. Sailing times from Portaferry. Departs Quarter to and quarter past the hour. Runs every day except Christmas Day.  

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 Strangford Sailing Club

Seafront Road, Strangford, BT30 7LS

T: 0 28 4488 1404 


Strangford Sea Safari Trips

Clearsky Adventure Centre
Castle Ward Estate

BT30 7LS
T 028 4372 3933

An exhilarating sightseeing boat trip for all the family! For ages 3 – 103, climb aboard our 12 seater RIB for an exciting trip around Strangford Lough to see all the sights you never knew were there! Angus Rock Lighthouse, seal colonies at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve, Audley’s Castle, Europe’s first electricity tidal turbine SEA- GEN, spinning surface whirlpools and much more.

Trips last 45 minutes and private charters are also available. Pre booking is essential. 


Sea Fishing and Sightseeing Trips

Newcastle Harbour, Newcastle, BT33
T: 07793125224
Sea Fishing and sightseeing trips available on board the MV Keltic Lady from Newcastle Harbour. MCA Coded for 12 passengers with all safety equipmet and fully insured. Your skipper is RYA Qualifed. Sea angling trips from 2.5 hours to 8 hour charters. Summertime Mackerel fishing trips. Rods and Bait available, individuals and groups welcome. Sight seeing trips from 1 hour and Eco/Bird/ Nature watching trips from 2.5hours.


Strangford Lough Canoe Trail

 This island-studded sea Lough is the largest inlet in the UK and Ireland, covering 80 square nautical miles. It is approached from the Irish Sea through the (5 nautical mile) fast running tidal Narrows which open out into more gentle waters. The Viking invaders who arrived in their long boats through the fast flowing waters called ‘The Narrows’ bestowed the name Strangfjorthr or ‘place of strong currents’. This is a section of the canoe trail that requires a high level of expertise and it provides an excellent challenge for the experienced paddler! The Routen Wheel is a series of whirlpools, boils and swirling waters, which is caused by pinnacles of rock on the seabed. This area should be treated with the utmost caution. By contrast, the calmer waters of the main shallow basin further north gave this Lough its old Irish name, Lough Cuan, meaning sheltered haven. Here paddlers will find a myriad of channels and routes to explore, as well as the chance to discover some of the country’s finest scenery. Designated as Northern Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve, Strangford Lough is internationally renowned for its abundance and diversity of habitats and species.       
Over 2000 marine animal and plant species have been found, most unique to this area. Look out for seals, Artic Terns, Irish Hares, porpoises and much, much more! This trail has been designed for canoeists for canoeists. It provides practical information including official access points, campsites and tidal details.      
Life Adventure: See Family Fun Section             
Clearsky Adventure: See Family Fun Section – a definitive guide to canoeing and kayaking in County Down and Northern Ireland. 


Downpatrick Visitor Information
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233
F 0 28 4461 2350

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
10-14 Central Promenade,
Newcastle, BT33 0AA
T 0 28 4372 2222
F 0 28 4372 2400