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|Bangor is the largest of the towns on the north coast and from here you can travel south
east down the Ards Peninsula or south west towards the
Downs and its rounded hills. The Peninsula is breezy but also a delight, on the coast you will see seals, be able to eat the edible seaweed and picnic in the grounds of Grey Abbey
on the lough side. Travelling down this piece of land its quiet and wild, Wordsworth and
Franz Liszt have visited here.
At the end of the Peninsula where Lough Strangford meets the sea is the town of Portaferry, where the waters
are squeezed through a narrow channel creating dangerous tidal currents twice a day, flows of 8
knots are common.
|The Lough itself is a sanctuary to birds and wildlife, there are marshes and
mudflats which give rise to a rich supply of marine life. There are plenty of appealing places to visit along its
Across the sea narrows from Portaferry is the town of Downpatrick which services as a centre for this particular area. St Patrick is reported as being buried in the grounds of the Cathedral. There is an exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint, St Patrick. It's an interesting visitor attraction for all the family and explores the legacy left by the saint. Around the area there are many ancient sites to explore, including Inch Abbey and the Ballynoe Stone Circle.
The famous Mountains of Mourne rise from the Irish Sea and peak at nearly 2,800 ft with Slieve
Donard being its highest peak.
Walkers will find Mourne Wall, its 22 miles long and encloses the water catchment area for two lakes.
County Down was also home to the Bronte sisters for those interested in literature, the remains of their father's cottage can still be seen. The Bronte homeland can be found around Glascar and Rathfriland, to the north of the Mourne Mountains.