Coasteering is a relatively new outdoor activity growing in participation and interest. It combines skills and abiliies of climber, jumper and of course swimmer. A fear of heights and or water could be a disadvantage but this activity is known to build confidence and overcomes these fears. It is considered to be very much a gruop and sociable activity and is more enjoyable when sharing this way. Safe techniques and practice are essential, consequently the greater part of any involvement is done through and with activity providers who are specialists in this challenging and exhilerating recreation.
In our area the sea cliffs at Ballyhornan are very popular and a favourite being the main focal point for this exciting sport. To a lesser extent and not as challenging the coast at Bangor and Ballywalter have some scope also and would be more convenient for travelling out of the Belfast area.
The experience of the jumps at Ballyhornan are made all the more interesting by the nature of the rock formations, the jumps are plentiful and demand more committment. The swimming in channels, current and cave is all part of the challenge. Dare to experience the Devil’s Cauldron and the Plank!
There is some off road car parking at Ballyhornan and cliff top access connects the coasteering area, Public Toilets are available on Rocks Road.
Ballyhornan lies six miles south of Strangford and four miles north of Ardglass. It is a small village by the sea with a picturesque beach surrounded by cliffs. Immediately offshore in the bay is Guns Island. When a clear day on the horizon it is possible to see the Isle of Man.
Ballyhornan beach is located on the Lecale Way. The beach is a favoured spot for dog walkers and horse riders.
The village has a colourful past as during World War II the RAF built billets to accommodate military personnel who worked at the nearby Bishopscourt air base. While the RAF were operational, it was a hub of activity with its own cinema, dance hall, shops and services providing jobs for the local community.