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Killynether Wood

Steady climb on woodland paths to viewpoint before descent through woodland to finish. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this former estate woodland which is the result of planting in the mid nineteenth century. Viewpoint over Killynether and drumlin countryside beyond.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 21

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Off road paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Bluebells, beech and hazel woodland, panaramic views

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From the car park in Killynether Wood, follow the path to the rear of the old Walled Garden into the woodland. The path ahead passes impressive beech trees on the right, through mixed woodland and then climbs through a hazel wood. From here, follow the path and descend through the beech wood to finish at the car park once more.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Newtownards to Comber dual carriageway, follow road signs to Scrabo Country Park


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under close control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets with RADAR key


Car Park and toilets



Publication Availability


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Ratings and Comments

Mark Reid 23 June, 2014 @ 14:34

Really enjoyable walk thru magnificent old forest with remains of bluebells from Spring. View from the top excellent with Strangford Lough at ebb tide and all the well farmed field in the summer sun below.

Jayne Mcclenaghan 25 October, 2012 @ 17:52

This is one of my favourite places to walk. You must keep your dog under control but they can be off the lead and my Westie gets so excited as i park

Patricia Lindsay 27 November, 2007 @ 08:42

I lived for 30 years in Dundonald, and walked regularly in Killynether. Loved every inch of it and so did my succession of dogs. There is a path that rises very steeply and the trees stand out against the sky - at the bottom of the path is a large anvil shaped stone, and in imagination I pictured C.S. Lewis finding his setting for Aslan's stone and the walking trees. Magic place, and the view from the top of Scrabo Tower on a good clear day is breath taking - can't you just see the Viking ships sailing down the lough!

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