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Killyleagh, Co. Down

Heading south along the A22, the striking turrets of Killyleagh Castle come into view, just ahead of the village.  The picturesque castle was home to the Hamilton family since the 17th Century plantation, the castle was actually rebuilt in 1666. 

Visitors can look forward to the local craft at Killyleagh yarns (0044 28 44 828 204), which displays flax spinning and winding to make yarns, there is also a factory tour. 

Yachting enthusiasts are provided with optimum activities at the East Down Yacht club (0044 28 44 828 375), and the Killyleagh yacht club (0044 28 44 828 250). 

Golfers will enjoy a round or two at the Ringdufferin golf club (0044 28 44 828 812), one of the areas newest courses based on the shores of Strangford Lough. 

Gardens

Seaforde Gardens - Seaforde Downpatrick County Down Northern ireland
Seaforde Gardens
Downpatrick, Co. Down
In its own way Seaforde has the answer to Japan’s cherry blossom viewing season. The garden holds the national collection of eucryphias, known poetically as the ‘White Knights of August’. Gleaming with clouds of white blossom cr ...
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Golf

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Royal Belfast Golf Club
Craigavad, Co. Down
Course Type: Parkland
Founded on November 9th 1881, the Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest club in Ireland and has a delightful, parkland setting on the shores of Belfast Lough. Its formation proved to be the inspiration for the growth of the game in Ireland. Th ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Colonel's Lodge
Holywood, Co. Down
The Colonel's Lodge is set in the garden of Beech Hill Country House bed and breakfast. It is a converted grain store with a small double bedroom under the rafters in an open gallery upstairs , a small single bedroom dow ...
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What's On

Castlewellan Farmers Market - Co Down - Saturdays
Castlewellan Farmers Market - Saturday 10am-1pm

Castlewellan Community Centre

Contact:

Tara Haughian +44 (0)28 4377 8655 tara@secondnature.ie
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Tourist Attractions

Somme Heritage Centre - Newtownards County Down Northern Ireland
Somme Heritage Centre
Newtownards, Co. Down
Opened in 1994 as a tourist attraction and educational facility. The Centre examines Ireland's role in the First World War with special reference to local cross community involvement in the three volunteer divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th an ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Hastings Culloden Estate & Spa
Holywood, Co. Down
Formerly the official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden is romantically set in beautifully maintained gardens and woodland overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. The building is a fine example of 19th-century Sc ...
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