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County Down, which stretches from Bangor, on the shores of Belfast Lough in the North, through Downpatrick, Newcastle, the Mourne Mountains to Newry in the South, offers a unique collection of all that is best in spectacular scenery, exciting attractions and endless opportunities for relaxation and activity. Recognised worldwide as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a marvellous combination of Loughs, country parks, forests and mountains are all surrounded by miles and miles of sweeping and beautiful coastline.
Strangford Lough, the largest sea lough within the UK and Ireland, stretches from the Irish Sea in the South, to Newtownards in the North, a distance of over 32 km.
Viking invaders named it 'Strangfjörthr' - the strong fjord – over 1000 years ago.
The waters of Strangford offer world class water sports, boating and sailing.
Local restaurants benefit from the source of fresh seafood.
The Lough boasts an exceptionally rich and varied selection of wildlife including seals, huge flocks of migratory birds and marine life, some of which is visible at Northern Ireland’s only aquarium, Exploris, located in Portaferry.