Mount Stewart – Red Squirrel Trail

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The trail takes in the path around the lake, formal and informal gardens including Rhododendron Hill as an alternative route.

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Mount Stewart – Red Squirrel Trail

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County Down

Distance 1 miles

OS Map 15

Terrain Surfaced pathways and lawn

Nearest Town Newtownards

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference J55415 69416

Route Type Woodland

Route Description

Start at Mount Stewart reception and make your way to the front of the house via the courtyard. Make your way through the gate into the formal gardens, pass the Sunk Garden and use the stone steps to make your way down into the Italian Garden. Walk straight ahead towards the black and gold metal gate which brings you into the Lily Wood.

Make your way through the Lily Wood until you reach the path, follow the path towards the lake. Follow the path around the lake. Make your way towards Tir N’an Òg, the family’s burial ground high up on the hill.

Continue around the path until you reach Broadley’s woodland. Continue on the path around the lake towards Mount Stewart house or take an alternative route through Rhododendron Hill.

Finish your walk by returning to the front of Mount Stewart house.

Point of Interest

Sunk Garden, Lily Wood, Tir Na nÒg, Lake

Getting to the start

15 miles SE of Belfast on Newtownards-Portaferry Road, A20 5 miles SE of Newtownards.

Public transport

Translink –

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads


Toilets located in the reception area, courtyard, and car park. Gift shop, wi-fi, ice cream shop, tea room, garden shop and baby-changing facilities available.

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

– Café (wheelchair accessible)
– Disabled parking
– Disabled toilets

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Easy to moderate walking conditions on well surfaced pathways and lawn, mostly level access with some gravel.