Quality Walk

Castle Ward Shore Trail

This wide flat linear trail is suitable for all abilities. The trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. As it is ‘multi-use’, as well as other walkers, expect horses and bikes and a range of other users. Follow the GREEN waymarker disks with the words 'Shore Trail' around the edge.




0.7 (one way) miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Smooth, flat and wide path

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Farm Yard, Strangford Lough and its associated wildlife

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Strangford Lough

Route Description

Starting in the Shore Car Park, this wide and flat trail follows the shore of Strangford Lough from the farm yard to Audley's Quay. Accessible to everyone, the trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. On reaching Audley's Quay, users should turn and retrace their steps back to the farm yard.

Expect other users on this trail traveling in both directions. This may include -

- Horses

- Cyclists of all abilities

- A range of bikes including tandems, trikes, and bikes with tag a long trailers behind

- Wheelchair users and mobility scooters

KEEP LEFT on this trail at all times


* Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. Please see the link below for details *

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Parking for walkers is in the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne. The car park is clearly signed from the main entrance drive. There is an information panel and map in the Shore Car Park.

Getting to the Start (on Foot)

From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.


Dogs are allowed. Please keep dogs on a lead or under control at all times

Accessibility Grade

Grade 2

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets


Parking, toilets, tea rooms, bike shop, bike hire, specialist equipment hire including tandems, tag-a-longs, trikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and a wheelchair tandem.


Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map

Publication Availability

Available at Caslte Ward - various information points

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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