The Area


Killyleagh is sited on the shore of its own “inland sea”, which owes its name,   "Strang Fiord”, to the Vikings that once sailed hereabouts. Some 18 miles in length from the “Narrows” where the Lough joins the Irish Sea to the sea defences at Newtownards, Strangford Lough is now a place where people take their leisure: to watch the birds that over winter, to sail among its islands, or to explore its depths where there is much to interest the adventurous scuba diver. Or you might just be happy to travel around the Lough; this is great walking, cycling and driving country. The roads are quiet and the lanes are plentiful. Belfast is a 45-minute drive in one direction and The Mourne Mountains a similar distance away in the other.