Strangford Village, Co. Down
Strangford Village is set in area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking Strangford Lough, this picturesque village is full of charm in the seaside terrace stone houses which enjoy a stunning view across the Lough to Portaferry.
Strangford has six national nature reserves within its reach and a number of historical attractions such as Nondrum Abbey and Monastic site (0044 28 90 543 037), which includes a small stone church and the remains of a round tower dating back to the 11th Century.
Kilclief tower house is worth a visit, which was built as a residence of the Bishop of Down, dating to around 1413.
Other historical religious attractions include Raholp Church and Saul Church, supposedly where St Patrick preached his first sermon, which is a Celtic revival style Anglican Church with a round tower.
One mile south of Strangford Cloghy rocks are an excellent vantage point from which to watch sea birds and seals.