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Killard National Nature Reserve

Situated at the mouth of Strangford Lough, opposite Ballyquintin. The rich wildlife include orchids and other rarities, and interesting rock formations can be seen.




1.3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 21

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal


Coastal grassland, beach

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Views of Lough and Sea, orchids

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Strangford Lough

Route Description

From the layby at Mill Quarter Bay, walk towards the shore. Keeping the sea on the left follow the line of the coast around the headline.

A sandy bay marks the end of the walk, turn and retrace your steps along the shore or over the grassland to Mill Quarter Bay.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take the Shore road out of Strangford. Cars may be left at lay-bys at Mill Quarter Bay.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5





Publication Availability


Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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Ratings and Comments

Katrina 15 July, 2019 @ 09:38

We enjoyed a magical walk yesterday in glorious sunshine. The meadows were full of wildflowers, including orchids. We saw lots of blue butterflies, as well as a family of seals lazing on the rocks close to shore. A beautiful section of the Co. Down coast.

Ruth Milller 24 May, 2019 @ 19:16

Wonderful. May ‘19. Looking for flowers - masses of native bluebells, Primroses, buttercups, Spring Squill, Violets, Milkworts, .....colour everywhere!

Sand Martin all busy whizzing about our heads.

Hawthorn like no other. Stunning!

Caroline Murphy 25 June, 2017 @ 22:48

I walked this today. June 25th 2017. The little wild orchids are nearly in full bloom. It was a peaceful Sunday afternoon walk. An easy walk, beautiful coastal views and rock pools. Sadly didn't spot any butterflies this time - but will take my Mum back there next week for a picnic and spend more time looking rather than walking!

Jen Walker 5 July, 2012 @ 18:05

Outstanding wildflower walk along a very pretty coastal stretch. Four different native orchids and plenty of butterflies enjoying the sunshine and nectar. An easy walk and good parking.

Robert Nesbitt 23 March, 2009 @ 19:33

I walked that strech Last sunday with our Local walking group the Lagan valley Ramblers Club based in Lisburn and I found it very Interesting we went to Kilclief Prior to the Main walk and did a bit of Seal Spotting there are Toilet Facilities at the GAA grounds after that there are none till you get till the Abandoned RAF station further along the coast there is also a Pub for drinks not to sure if they sell food but the Day we went there the Toilets where Closed they should keep the Toilets open all year never mind summer openings as you have to buy a Drink in the Pub Before you use the Loo

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