We were staying at the wonderful Potter's Cottage on the Castle Ward estate and this was right next to Clearsky. The team there are incredibly positive and helpful and took us through the challenges of archery and crate stacking (too difficult to explain but beat 21 crates if you dare). The highlight was a sea safari out to see the bothy at Salt Island where groups can camp out overnight in the bothy or camp site and then out to the Narrows past Seagen (the tidal generator) and on through the whirlpools to see the seals at the Angus Rock Lighthouse.
This is a stunningly beautiful part of the world and is best viewed from the fast flowing waters of Strangford Lough. The siren calls of the basking seals added to the mystical charm of the place and my daughters were thrilled by the day out.
Later in the week we went kayaking in the safe waters around the inner bay and used the mountain bikes from Clearsky to tour the fabulous grounds of the Castle Ward estate along well prepared tracks - the place is so huge that you feel that you have the place to yourself.
Tempted to say nothing and keep this gem secret, but that would be unfair to Andy and his brilliant team who have the knack of bringing out the excited child in all of us!
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