Getaway to Killyleagh offers superb, modern self-catering accommodation in the beautiful town of Killyleagh, County Down.





The Town


Killyleagh is a small town of about 2000 people on the western shore of Strangford Lough. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty the town nestles in the folds of the rolling drumlin hills that are a feature of the landscape of Co. Down.


The original settlement grew up around a fortified tower built in the 12th century by a Norman knight, John De Courcy. That structure has gone through many transformations since. The existing castle with its 19th century gothic castellated walls and towers is the focal point for the town whose streets slope away from it towards the Lough shore.


The people of Killyleagh have been variously employed by agriculture and fishing and for two centuries until the 1980ís within the Linen industry. One of the largest Linen mills in Ireland was sited at Shrigley, a village on the outskirts of the town. The town benefited from the resultant prosperity and its harbour grew to serve the needs of this textile industry. That industry has gone, the town remains, the shoreline stays the same but things have not stood still.  Killyleagh is developing but the unhurried charm of the place remains unaffected.