Island Hill & North Strangford Nature Reserve

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Accessible at low-tide, this walk around Rough Island provides magnificent views of Strangford Lough and is an excellent view point for bird watching.

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  • Enjoyed a walk around the island a few days ago. I was wondering how to predict tides to avoid a wasted journey for another visit?

    Ruth at 9:29 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 1.5 miles

    OS Map Sheet 21

    Terrain Flat, grass and stoney paths

    Nearest Town Comber, Newtownards

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J48807 68839

    Route Type Beach, Coastal

    Follow the path from the car park, along the concrete causeway (only accessible at low tide) and around Rough Island, before returning over the causeway. Explore the island itself!

    Island Hill is situated at the upper end of Strangford Lough and has excellent views across the Lough and towards Scrabo Tower.

    A good tide predictor website is Easytide . As Island Hill doesnt have its own tide location, use the Belfast low water time and then add 2hrs 15 minutes for Island Hill. So follow the link below, use the tables to locate the low water time for Belfast and add 2hrs 15mins. An example being if low water at Belfast is 14.48, for Island Hill low water would be at 17.03.

    Wildfowl and magnificent Lough views, totem poll

    Turn off the A21 Comber to Newtownards Road towards the shore of the Lough. Follow the signposts to Island Hill Nature Reserve, continue along the Ringcreevy Road for approximately 1 mile.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs should be kept on leads at all times

    Ample car parking, toilets and picnic tables

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Disabled toilets with RADAR key
    – Disabled parking

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.