Delamont – Ulster Scots Walk
The Strangford walk at Delamont Country Park takes in beautiful views of the lough and along the way you’ll see links to the history of the Hamilton’s of nearby Killleagh Castle. There are five marked and interlinked routes in the park so you can select your own distance. The Strangford trail is just 1.25 miles long. Delamont has free access Monday to Friday, except during the summer, when there is a £4 parking fee. All of the marked trails in Delamont start and finish at the main car park.
To find out more about the Ulster Scots history of Delamont, check out the Danders Aroon videos in the Route Description section below.
OS Map 21
Terrain Flat, level surface.
Nearest Town Downpatrick or Killyleagh
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J50954 50618
Route Type Coastal, Parkland & Grassland
Start at the car park. Follow the little road up a slight hill, keeping the countryside centre and old farm buildings on your left. Take a quick detour up the path to see the Strangford stone; a 12 metre megolith, hauled into place by 1000 young people in 1999 to mark the millenium. Continue the walk by returning to the main path and walking down towards the lough. The appeal of this area has been clear for centuries; Sir James Hamilton, one of the founding Fathers of the Ulster Scots, established the family base a couple of miles away. The path loops round along the shoreline. Just follow the signs and keep going anti-clockwise. Eventually you’ll climb back up from the shore and another detour leads to the bird hide above Herron Island, where these majestic creatures nest every winter. At this point you can either add to the walk by joining the other routes along the same path or return to the car park along a cut-through in the woods.
DELAMONT ADDITIONAL CONTENT
‘Sir James Hamilton: Founding Father’
Start at the main car park.
Translink Journey Planner – http://bit.ly/1Wwefae
Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads
Car parking is available.