Take a wee road trip through Strangford & Lecale & you’ll agree that it is an area of outstanding natural beauty!
Comber is a busy town- famous for its spuds & for being the birthplace of Thomas Andrews (naval architect for the Titanic)
Comber is ‘the home of great taste‘ Indie Fude is a deli packed with fine Irish produce. Across the street , grab a barista coffee from Trait . You’ll find freshly baked loaves in Bara Bakehouse just around the corner.
There’s a small farmer’s market held on the first Thursday of each month.
You also cycle on traffic-free tracks to Belfast on the Comber Greenway
For supplies & provisions visit Super Valu in Castle Street – complete with a wee cafe selling Frank& Honest Coffee.
Follow the A22 out of Comber past The Garage (2 Killinchy Rd-BT 23 5SW) for petrol & much more!
You can turn left along Ballydrain Road to Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s Castle Espie-a great place for kids to get up close to wildlife. Or watch the birds from the comfort of the cafe.
You can continue along the road less travelled alongside the Lough to Mahee Island
But if you follow the main A22 you’ll arrive at Lisbane.
The Poacher’s Pocket is good for lunch. Or just pop into their deli. Last time we got sourdough bread, still warm from the oven.
Travel a little farther into the village & experience homemade food & great hospitality at The Old Post Office (There’s also a gift shop & deli)
Turn left to Killinchy & Whiterock
Park with a view overlooking Skettrick Island. Have a meal at Daft Eddy’s on the island- you can stay over here too!
Take the B Road (Ballymoran Road) along Strangford Lough to discover quiet inlets
Or follow the main A22 Road to Killyleagh. Have a snack in Picnic. Peer through the gates at the private Killyleagh Castle. Park by the shore & past the Hans Sloane monument ( Hans is famous for bringing a chocolate recipe from Jamaica)
Delamont Country Park is a great place for a walk & for the kids to burn off some energy at the playpark!
This year we discovered Fodder at Finnebrogue woods. It’s a unique tipi cafe with trails to explore.
You can follow the road to Downpatrick & onto the Kingdom of Mourne
Or you can meander along the tranquil Quoile River then follow the A25 to Strangford
Climb Slieve Patrick near Saul- to St. Patrick’s statue & a view of Strangford Lough & the Mournes.
Continue along the A25 to Castle Ward (AKA Winterfell Castle & Demesne) Explore the stately home & gardens. Irish Campers recommend the campsite on the edge of the Castle Ward estate.
You can cross the Lough on the Ferry to the Ards Peninsula* (£7.80 single for a Campervan at time of writing) Or take the A2 toward Ardglass.
*Read our wee tips for road trips on the Ards Peninsula-‘Between the Lough & the Sea-Down on our doorstep’
☘️Keep on exploring!
coinnigh ort ag iniúchadh☘️