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Top Tips for Family Fun on Strangford Lough

Strangford Lough has plenty of fun and adventure to keep the family entertained during a kid's day out on and around one of Northern Ireland's most picturesque spots. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and wild life importance this 15 mile stretch of water has a lot of offer.

Be sure to check out our extensive list of activity events and activity experiences on Strangford LoughNo experience required, no specialist equipment needed, you don’t need a big group or lots of organisation. Just make a quick call or email to the activity providers to begin your adventure.

The Strangford Sea Safari is a fun and exhilarating way to explore as you skim across the water in a high speed boat. Looking out for shipwrecks, whirlpools and seal colonies will keep everyone fascinated.

If that isn't enough excitement for one day then pay a visit to Clearsky Adventure Centre, located in the grounds of the stunning Castle Ward Estate. With canoeing, Game of Thrones archery, orienteering and rock climbing to name just a few of the family activities on offer there is sure to be something to keep everyone happy.

Staying within the beautiful surroundings of Castle Ward try the estates multi-purpose trails. Accessible on horseback, bike or foot these trails promise to never be dull. Whether you are looking for a short stroll with the kids or the challenge of the trails. Bike hire including kid's bikes and toddler trailers are available making this a hassle free and fun activity everyone can enjoy. How about making a weekend of it and camping out in style in the luxurious heated glamping pods situated onsite?

If canoeing is what you are after then continue the fun on the Strangford Lough Canoe Trail. Explore the Lough together in a safe environment on a guided trip or for the more experienced canoeist download a map and make your own adventure. Situated along the trail the Salt Island Bothy is the perfect excuse to take the kids on a camping trip you've always promised. Canoe hire is available making it easy to find a boat that suits you and your family's needs.

Make a Break of it! 

With so many great outdoor activities happening in Northern Ireland it makes sense to create a short break around the fun! 

From chic, city boutique hotels to rustic rural retreats and from self-catering apartments to outdoor glamping, Northern Ireland has a wonderful variety of accommodation for all tastes & budgets!

To book a short break or to find out about Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions, accommodation and things to do, visit

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