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The beauty of the rugged coastline, simple character of the dwellings and unspoilt, timeless character of the village makes Kearney truly special.




2.7 miles

OS Map

Sheet 21

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Rocky shoreline

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Unspoilt beauty, Mary Ann Donnan Room

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

The shoreline trail is linear and can be taken in either direction. The degree of difficulty is moderate with uneven surfaces. The terrain is made up of grass, dirt, sand and rocky shoreline. The two-miles of coastline beyond the village, including cliffs, a low rocky foreshore, a small pocket of salt marsh, sandy beaches

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Kearney is on the coast directly east of Portaferry. From the west and south the ferry is needed leaving from Strangford village. From the north the A20 or A2 south will get you to the small lanes taking you to Kearny.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3


Information room, car park, and public toilets.


A4 leaflet on Kearney.

Publication Availability

Available from the Information Centre at Kearney, or by contacting Mount Stewart (tel: 028 4278 8387 ).

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Ratings and Comments

Ruth Miller 12 May, 2019 @ 19:51

In June if you walk near the shingle beach southwards towards Ballyquinton you will see Horned Poppies growing. They are quite large. They have beautifully curled pale grey green leaves and large floppy yellow flowers. It is the seed pods that are ‘horned’.

This is the only place in N. I. Where these spectacular wild flowers grow.

don corney 4 February, 2018 @ 00:51

beautiful little place.my mothers birthplace.

Jeannie 17 March, 2015 @ 13:40

my favourite place, so peaceful and beautiful and on a good day the views are simply stunning. it has a wild beauty to it and the village is idyllic.

Frank Caddy 5 March, 2010 @ 17:41

Pleasant walk along clearly maintained paths. No inclines and easy access to stony beach and plenty of rack pools to explore. Great for family walk.

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