Killard National Nature Reserve

(5 reviews)

Situated at the mouth of Strangford Lough, opposite Ballyquintin. The rich wildlife include orchids and other rarities, and interesting rock formations can be seen.

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  • Enjoyed a fantastic walk today. Blue butterflies, meadow full of wild flowers. A heron at the water’s edge. Swallows darting about.

    Ian Kidd at 7:15 pm
  • I have lived in Downpatrick for 35 years and was only recently introduced to killard Point walk by my daughter and I was utterly amazed by its beauty and bird spotting opportunities.My wife and I did the walk along the waters edge and came out on the most marvellous sandy beach .We had come prepared and had our coffee and sandwiches sitting by a sand dune.
    The tide was full in and the there was hardly a ripple on the water.With a cloudless blue sky I may have been sitting on a beach on the Mediterranean and this place is practically on my doorstep.
    The different types of birds I spotted are to numerous to mention but I did spend some time watching a large grey seal close to shore.

    D.ROONEY at 4:17 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 1.4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 21

    Terrain Coastal grassland, beach

    Nearest Town Strangford

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J604434

    Route Type Beach, Coastal

    Route Description

    From the layby at Mill Quarter Bay, walk towards the shore. Keeping the sea on the left follow the line of the coast around the headline.

    A sandy bay marks the end of the walk, turn and retrace your steps along the shore or over the grassland to Mill Quarter Bay.

    Point of Interest

    Views of Lough and Sea, orchids

    Getting to the start

    Take the Shore road out of Strangford. Cars may be left at lay-bys at Mill Quarter Bay.

    Public transport

    Translink –



    Accessibility Grade

    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.