Donaghadee – Ulster Scots Walk
The town of Donaghadee at the top or the Ards Peninsula is one of the most important settlements in Ulster Scots history. This 2.5/3mile walk explores the harbour where many Scottish settlers landed in the early 17th Century and takes in other important historical sites, as well as beautiful views across the north channel. It’s mostly flat, using public paths for the entire route.
To find out more about the Ulster Scots history of Donaghadee, check out the Danders Aroon videos in the Route Description section below.
OS Map 4
Terrain Tarmac and Paving
Nearest Town Donaghadee
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J59159 79923
Route Type Coastal, Urban
Start at the public car park just off Moat Avenue, then cross the road to begin your walk on the footpath towards the harbour. After eploring the harbour, keep the sea on your left and walk south towards a park called The Commons. At the end of the Commons, just after the tennis courts and the bowling green, you can turn right to continue back into town down the Millisle road, or if you want to extend the walk you can follow a little stony, uneven path, which hugs the coastline and rejoins the road a little further on. Continue the walk down High Street for a few hundred metres, passing Irelands oldest licenced pub Grace Neils and then turn left down Church lane. Go through the graveyard, noting all the Scottish surnames that are still prevelant in this area today, and come out on Church Place before turning right down Union Street and then left down Moat Street to return to the car park.
DONAGHADEE ADDITIONAL CONTENT
Sir Hugh Montgomery: Founding Father
‘The Wully Dooker’
The Commons, Donaghadee Church
Start at the public car park just off Moat Avenue.
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Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads
Car parking is available.