The Portaferry Area

A picturesque town on the Ards Peninsual

Portaferry is a small picturesque town situated at the end of the Ards Peninsula on the shores of Strangford Lough.

The town and local area offers those seeking peace, tranquillity and beautiful scenery a wonderful place to visit whilst those seeking something a little more are given plenty to consider.

The local charm and friendly character of the village very quickly wins over the many visitors to the town.

Within a 20 mile radius, using the town as a base will present numerous interesting and fun things to do for all ages.

  • The Red Gable Holiday Homes
  • The Red Gable Holiday Homes
  • The Red Gable Holiday Homes

Things to do

Whatever your interests there is something for you on the Ard's Peninsula and surrounding area's

Bird Watching

Category: Activities & Leisure

Base yourself at The Red Gable’s luxurious holiday lets and indulge yourself in some of the best bird watching in NI. Strangford Lough is of international importance for nature conservation and is one of only 3 Marine Nature Reserves in the UK. It affords great birdwatching opportunities at any time of year. Perhaps the most remarkable birdwatching event is the arrival each Autumn of almost the entire world population of light-bellied Brent Geese from High Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough attracted by the eelgrass on the nutrient rich mudflats at the northern end of the Lough. The province’s position on the western fringes of Europe, and the sheer size of many of the flocks that breed or visit, have made it of particular interest the increasing number of birdwatching visitors who are able to combine their special interest with a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings all year round.

Wintering waterfowl and waders such as curlew, redshank, greenshank, golden plover, blacktailed godwit dunlin, knot and oystercatcher are common sights on the north of the the Lough and perhaps can be best appreciated from the comfortable hides in the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust’s Reserve and Visitor Centre at Castle Espie. Other good spots are the Floodgates at Newtownards, the Strangford Lough Lookout at Mount Stewart and Horse Island near Kircubbin.


Category: Activities & Leisure

For the more adventurous, we can organise boat trips to take you around the local coastline to make your trip to Portaferry and the holiday lets a little more special and explore areas few get to experience up close.

Make a gift of it to a friend or family and we believe they will thoroughly enjoy their time indulging their passion any time of the year.


Category: Days Out

Travel time: 5 Minutes

Exploris, The Northern Ireland Aquarium, is ideally sited on the shores of a marine nature reserve and area of special scientific interest – Strangford Lough.

A visit to Exploris enables the visitors to view and learn about the marine species that are indigenous to Strangford Lough and the coastline of the island. Marine communities are recreated to enable the visitor to gain a better understanding of the complex inter relationships between different species.

The Seal Sanctuary affords the visitor the opportunity to view the process of rehabilitation of rescued seal pups from their arrival through to full health when they are re-introduced to the wild.


Category: Activities & Leisure

If you only occasional fish or you are an enthusiast book a letting and we can arrange:

  • Fishing day trips to the Irish Sea
  • Fishing day trips within Strangford Lough
  • Inland fresh water fishing

The waters of Strangford Lough and surrounding are a haven for fishing enthusiasts and offers a huge range of fishing opportunities. In summer there are plenty of mackerel, pollock, coalfish, wrasse and sea trout. There are big species for the boat anglers in the lough as well with skate, tope, conger eels and ling. Skipper with superb local knowledge of all the best spots!

Boats can be arranged all year round, bookings cannot be guaranteed as trips are weather dependant. Book well in advance due to popularity of trips. Groups are welcome.