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Address: Park Road, off the A25, Strangford, Northern Ireland
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Short but Spectacular Journey

We drove to the Ferry crossing point at the Southern end of Stangford Lough. We then took the short 10 minute ferry crossing to Portaferry - this ferry will shorten your journey... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael W
Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove to the Ferry crossing point at the Southern end of Stangford Lough. We then took the short 10 minute ferry crossing to Portaferry - this ferry will shorten your journey north quite significantly. The area of Strangford Lough is denoted as an area of special scientific interest and a area of outstanding natural beauty. The Lough is huge... More 

Thank Michael W
Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The ferry ride was short, but the views were impressive. We were surprised to see that the school kids use the ferry to go back and forth to school.

Thank Cathe M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Strangford Lough is the largest enclosed inlet of the sea in the British Isles, running from Newtownards at the top to Portaferry and Strangford at the bottom. The sea enters and exits at the Narrows below Portaferry twice a day, and creates whirlpools and difficult currents as a mighty surge of water compresses into a small space to rush in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We experienced warm and calm days, unbelievably windy days and early morning mists. It has it all. Well worth a visit

Thank Caroline A
Pakenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The Lough is actually a sea inlet, (not a lake), and with a surface area of 150sq km is the largest in the British Isles. There is a ferry service between Portaferry and Strangford, which takes about 10 minutes to cross and for a car the single fare is £5.80; It does however save the 47 mile round trip. Whilst... More 

Thank Philip S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Some views of the lough are stunning. Ranging from tranquil beauty to swirling whirlpools. The tidal race here is impressive; watch the seed of the ferry as it cuts across the tide sometimes seeming to go into reverse as it fights the tide or at other times racing along. Lots of wild life. Ferry rides entertainment for all the family.

Thank Swillywilly
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A great drive from Newtownards via Mt Stewart to Portaferry then get the ferry across to Strangford visit Castleward see where The Game of Thrones were made then on to Downpatrick, St Patricks grave and the Inch Abby, a great days outing.

Thank mullinbill
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful Lough in Northern Ireland. Excellent for sailing, fishing and nature walks. Has a ferry from Portaferry to Strangford.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We travelled to Strangford Lough ..Greyabbey is the small quaint town. The wedding party were booked into Cunningburn Cottages, these cottages had everything needed for a holiday they are self catering set in lovely grounds the owner lives on site in a beautiful Georgan House I could thoroughly recommend, the setting was perfect and stunning wedding photography was achieved in... More 

Thank Christine C
N. Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We were lucky, beautiful sunny day.called at St John's Point where the lighthouse is, really worth going to. Then on to Strangford. The harbour is so pretty. It was a Sunday & really busy. People sitting on benches outside restaurants & the sun shining down. Most houses had flowers/plants etc decorating their homes. We walked around the village, really lovely,... More 

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