Follow this town’s history through its built heritage - from its Norman castle and medieval graveyard to the present day with a vitally important lifeboat station and a centre for marine research. The trail follows a circular numbered walking route about 2 miles (3.6km) long .
Portaferry and Strangford are well known for their beautiful scenery and warm welcome. They have an unusual topography, hilly narrow streets bordered by colourful shops, pubs, and cafes, which add to their charm and appeal. Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, they are served by a ferry crossing the waters to Strangford every 30 minutes (takes only 8 minutes on average). The island-studded Strangford Lough is the largest sea Lough in the UK & Ireland, covering 80 square nautical miles, (approximately 150 square kms including intertidal). It is approached from the Irish Sea through the fast-running tidal “Narrows” which open out into more gentle waters.