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The Ards Peninsula


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Grey Point, on the county Down coast

To burst upon the rollers of the open sea, take the little road from Grey Abbey where terns swoop over Strangford's quiet waters, and drive due east. In a few minutes it's barely three miles to Ballywalter beach - you have crossed to another world.

The two roads that run the length of the Ards on its opposite shores could hardly be more different. The sheltered road is the loughside one.

The breezy coast road from the resort town of Bangor runs south via Donaghadee, passing close to the windmill at Ballycopeland, on to Portavogie harbour where seals bob against the prawn boats as the catch is landed. On it goes, past pretty Kearney village right to the end of the peninsula where the ancient Irish marked their graves with a ring of standing stones and built a fort into the wind on the hill at Tara.

Ballycopeland windmill

The reefs off this coast have claimed many ships in the past. Only Donaghadee offered a safe refuge. In 1818 John Keats took the short crossing from Portpatrick in Scotland, landing at Donaghadee, and walked to Belfast and back. The Lakeland poet Wordsworth, and Franz Liszt (with a piano in his baggage) ended their grand Irish tours here. At low tide the dulse gatherers go down by the lighthouse to collect the edible seaweed growing on the rocks.

The small rounded hills called 'drumlins' that cover north Down extend into Strangford Lough. Dozens of drowned drumlins pop up here and there, mostly near the shore. These islands give the lough the appearance of a freshwater lake, at least at the sheltered northern end, about 18 miles from the narrow entrance at Portaferry. Four hundred million tons of water rush through the gap twice a day, and the Vikings named it 'violent fjord' (Strangford) after the fierce currents in these tidal narrows.

The lough is a great bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve. Thousands of Brent geese spend the winter here and greylag and whitefronted geese visit from the Downpatrick marshes. Oyster catchers, curlews and other wading birds love the mudflats. A hundred different species of fish live in the lough, and sea hares, sun stars and curled octopus sometimes appear on the shore. With so much food readily available, it's not surprising that buzzards, sparrowhawks and short-eared owls make occasional visits. The lough's rich marine life is on display at the Portaferry aquarium.

Round the shores are many interesting and historic places. Take the car ferry from Portaferry across to Castle Ward, built by the first Lord Bangor in 1765. He favoured the classical style but Lady Bangor preferred Strawberry Hill Gothic. As you will see, they both got their way. Another great loughside demesne open to the public is Mount Stewart, the childhood home of Lord Castlereagh, foreign secretary of England during the Napoleonic wars. The estate has delightful gardens, and dodos and dinosaurs on the terraces.

Strangford was a desirable address many centuries before the Anglo-Irish built their great houses. Of the four Cistercian monasteries in medieval county Down, three were built round the lough - Inch Abbey, Grey Abbey and Comber. The fourth was at Newry, the town that guarded the strategically important Gap of the North.

Only Inch Abbey and Grey Abbey have substantial remains. Founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy, Grey Abbey had a big stone fishery and the monks built fish traps out of wattles.

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Some of the places in Antrim We service

1 Aghagallon  
2 Aghalee  
3 Ahoghill  
4 Aldergrove Postcodes in Aldergrove
5 Antrim Postcodes in Antrim
6 Armoy Postcodes in Armoy
7 Aughnadeagh  
8 Ballinderry  
9 Ballintoy Postcodes in Ballintoy
10 Ballybogy Postcodes in Ballybogy
11 Ballycarry Postcodes in Ballycarry
12 Ballycastle Postcodes in Ballycastle
13 Ballyclare Postcodes in Ballyclare
14 Ballyeaston  
15 Ballygalley  
16 Ballygelly  
17 Ballylesson  
18 Ballylumford  
19 Ballymena Postcodes in Ballymena
20 Ballymoney Postcodes in Ballymoney
21 Ballynure Postcodes in Ballynure
22 Ballyskeagh  
23 Ballyvoy Postcodes in Ballyvoy
24 Balnamore  
25 Belfast Postcodes in Belfast
26 Belfast City  
27 Beltoy  
28 Bendooragh  
29 Broughshane Postcodes in Broughshane
30 Buckna  
31 Bushmill  
32 Bushmills Postcodes in Bushmills
33 Caddy  
34 Cape Castle Postcodes in Cape Castle
35 Carnalbanagh Sheddings  
36 Carncastle  
37 Carnlough Postcodes in Carnlough
38 Carnmoney  
39 Carrickfergus Postcodes in Carrickfergus
40 Castlecat  
41 Castlereagh Postcodes in Castlereagh
42 Causeway coast  
43 Clady  
44 Clogh  
45 Clogh Mills Postcodes in Clogh Mills
46 Cloughmills  
47 Corkey  
48 Correen  
49 Craigs  
50 Crumlin Postcodes in Crumlin
51 Cullybackey Postcodes in Cullybackey
52 Cushendall Postcodes in Cushendall
53 Cushendum  
54 Cushendun Postcodes in Cushendun
55 Damhead  
56 Derriaghy Postcodes in Derriaghy
57 Derrykeighan  
58 Dervock Postcodes in Dervock
59 Doagh Postcodes in Doagh
60 Drumbeg  
61 Drumnagreagh Port  
62 Dunadry Postcodes in Dunadry
63 Dundrod Postcodes in Dundrod
64 Dunloy Postcodes in Dunloy
65 Dunmurry Postcodes in Dunmurry
66 Dunseverick Postcodes in Dunseverick
67 Eden  
68 Finvoy  
69 Five Corners  
70 Flatfield  
71 Galgorm Postcodes in Galgorm
72 Garryduff  
73 Glarryford Postcodes in Glarryford
74 Glenaan  
75 Glenariff  
76 Glenariff (or waterfoot)  
77 Glenarm Postcodes in Glenarm
78 Glenavy Postcodes in Glenavy
79 Glengormely  
80 Glenoe  
81 Glenvale  
82 Glynn Postcodes in Glynn
83 Gracehill  
84 Greenisland Postcodes in Greenisland
85 Hannahstown Postcodes in Hannahstown
86 Hillhall Postcodes in Hillhall
87 Hyde Park  
88 Islandmagee Postcodes in Islandmagee
89 Kells Postcodes in Kells
90 Killead  
91 Killinaboy  
92 Killybegs  
93 Kilraghts  
94 Kilwaughter Postcodes in Kilwaughter
95 Kirkhills  
96 Knockaholet  
97 Lagavara  
98 Lambeg Postcodes in Lambeg
99 Larne Postcodes in Larne
100 Legoniel  
101 Lisburn Postcodes in Lisburn
102 Loanends  
103 Loughguile Postcodes in Loughguile
104 Maghaberry  
105 Magheraberry  
106 Magheramorne Postcodes in Magheramorne
107 Mallusk  
108 Martinstown  
109 Mazetown  
110 McLaughlins Corner  
111 Mill Town Millbrook  
112 Millford  
113 Moneyglass  
114 Monkstown  
115 Moorfields  
116 Moss-side  
117 Mosside  
118 Mossley  
119 Muckamore Postcodes in Muckamore
120 Mullan Head  
121 Newferry  
122 Newtown-Crommelin  
123 Newtownabbey Postcodes in Newtownabbey
124 Nutts Corner Postcodes in Nutts Corner
125 Parkgate Postcodes in Parkgate
126 Pharis  
127 Portballintrae Postcodes in Portballintrae
128 Portglenone Postcodes in Portglenone
129 Portmuck  
130 Portrush Postcodes in Portrush
131 Quarrytown  
132 Randalstown Postcodes in Randalstown
133 Rasharkin Postcodes in Rasharkin
134 Rathlin island Postcodes in Rathlin island
135 Revallagh  
136 Staffordstown  
137 Stonyford  
138 Straid Postcodes in Straid
139 Stranocum  
140 Templepatrick Postcodes in Templepatrick
141 Templeshanbo  
142 The Diamond  
143 The Dry Arch  
144 The Five Roads  
145 The Spa  
146 Toome  
147 Toomebridge Postcodes in Toomebridge
148 Waterfoot  
149 Whiteabbey  
150 Whitehead Postcodes in Whitehead
151 Whiteside Corner  
152 Woodburn  
153 Woodgreen  



List of towns and villages in Northern Ireland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is an alphabetical list of towns and villages in Northern Ireland. For a list sorted by population, see the list of settlements in Northern Ireland by population. The towns of Armagh, Lisburn and Newry are also classed as cities (see city status in the United Kingdom).

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) uses the following definitions:

Town – population of 4,500 or more

Small Town – population between 4,500 and 10,000
Medium Town – population between 10,000 and 18,000
Large Town – population between 18,000 and 75,000

Intermediate settlement – population between 2,250 and 4,500
Village – population between 1,000 and 2,250
Small villages or hamlets – population of less than 1,000

Towns are listed in bold.




Acton, Ahacommon, Aghadowey, Aghadrumsee, Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ahoghill, Aldergrove, Altamuskin, Altishane, Altmore, Annaclone, Annaghmore, Annahilt, Annahugh, Annalong, Annsborough, Antrim, Ardboe, Ardgarvan, Ardglass, Ardmore, Ardstraw, Armagh, Armoy, Arney, Articlave, Artigarvan, Artikelly, Atticall, Aughafatten, Augher, Aughnacloy


Ballela, Ballerin, Ballinamallard, Ballintoy, Balloo, Ballybogy, Ballycarry, Ballycassidy, Ballycastle, Ballyclare, Ballyeaston, Ballygalley, Ballygawley, Ballygowan, Ballyhalbert, Ballyhornan, Ballykelly, Ballykinler, Ballylesson, Ballylinney, Ballymacmaine, Ballymacnab, Ballymagorry, Ballymartin, Ballymaguigan, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Ballynahinch, Ballynure, Ballyrashane, Ballyrobert, Ballyronan, Ballyrory, Ballyscullion, Ballyskeagh, Ballystrudder, Ballyvoy, Ballywalter, Balnamore, Banagher, Banbridge, Bangor, Bannfoot, Belcoo, Belfast, Bellaghy, Bellanaleck, Bellarena, Belleek, Belleeks, Benburb, Bendooragh, Beragh, Bessbrook, Blackskull, Blackwatertown, Blaney, Bleary, Boho, Brackaville, Bready, Brockagh, Brookeborough, Broomhill, Broughshane, Bryansford, Buckna, Burnfoot, Burren, Bushmills


Caledon, Camlough, Campsie, Capecastle, Cappagh, Cargan, Carnalbanagh, Carncastle, Carnlough, Carnteel, Carrickaness, Carrickfergus, Carrickmore, Carrowclare, Carrowdore, Carrybridge, Carryduff, Castlecaulfield, Castledawson, Castlederg, Castlerock, Castlewellan, Charlemont, Clabby, Clady (Co. Londonderry), Clady (Co. Tyrone), Cladymore, Clanabogan, Claudy, Clogh, Clogher, Cloghy, Clonmore, Clonoe, Clough, Cloughmills, Coagh, Coalisland, Cogry-Kilbride, Coleraine, Collegeland, Comber, Conlig, Cookstown, Corbet, Corkey, Corrinshego, Craigarogan, Craigavon, Cranagh, Cranford, Crawfordsburn, Creagh, Creggan, Crossgar, Crossmaglen, Crumlin, Cullaville, Cullybackey, Cullyhanna, Culmore, Culnady, Curran, Cushendall, Cushendun


Darkley, Derrycrin, Derrygonnelly, Derryhale, Derrykeighan, Derrylin, Derrymacash, Derrymore, Derrynaflaw, Derrynoose, Derrytrasna, Derryvore, Dervock, Desertmartin, Doagh, Dollingstown, Donagh, Donaghadee, Donaghcloney, Donaghey, Donaghmore, Donegore, Dooish, Dorsey, Douglas Bridge, Downhill, Downpatrick, Draperstown, Drinns Bay, Dromara, Dromintee, Dromore (Co. Down), Dromore (Co. Tyrone), Drumaness, Drumbeg, Drumbo, Drumlaghy, Drumlough (near Hillsborough), Drumlough (near Rathfriland), Drummullan, Drumnacanvy, Drumnakilly, Drumquin, Drumraighland, Drumsurn, Dunadry, Dundonald, Dundrod, Dundrum, Dungannon, Dungiven, Dunloy, Dunnamanagh, Dunmurry, Dunnamore, Dunnaval, Dunseverick


Edenaveys, Edenderry (Co. Down), Edenderry (Co. Tyrone), Ederney, Eglinton, Eglish, Enniskillen, Erganagh, Eskra


Feeny, Fintona, Finvoy, Fivemiletown, Florencecourt, Foreglen, Forkill


Galbally, Gamblestown, Garrison, Garvagh, Garvaghey, Garvetagh, Gawley's Gate, Gibson's Hill, Gilford, Gillygooly, Glack, Glebe, Glenarm, Glenavy, Glengormley, Glenmornan, Glenoe, Glenone, Glynn, Gortaclare, Gortin, Gortnahey, Goshedan, Gracehill, Grange Corner, Granville, Greencastle, Greenisland, Greyabbey, Greysteel, Groggan, Groomsport, Gulladuff


Halfpenny Gate, Hamiltonsbawn, Helen's Bay, Hillhall, Hillsborough, Hilltown, Holywell, Holywood


Inishrush, Irvinestown, Islandmagee




Katesbridge, Keady, Kells-Connor, Kellswater, Kesh, Keshbridge, Kilcoo, Kildress, Kilkeel, Killadeas, Killaloo, Killay, Killead, Killeen, Killen, Killeter, Killinchy, Killough, Killowen, Killylea, Killyleagh, Killyman, Killywool, Kilmore (Co. Armagh), Kilmore (Co. Down) Kilrea, Kilskeery, Kinallen, Kinawley, Kircubbin, Knockcloghrim, Knockmoyle, Knocknacarry


Lack, Lambeg, Landahaussy, Largy, Larne, Laurelvale, Lawrencetown, Letterbreen, Lettershendoney, Limavady, Lisbellaw, Lislea, Lisnadill, Lisnarick, Lisnaskea, Listooder, Loughbrickland, Loughgall, Loughgilly, Loughguile, Loughinisland, Loughmacrory, Loup, Lower Ballinderry, Lurgan, Lurganare, Lurganure, Lurganville. Leitrim


Macken, Macosquin, Madden, Maghaberry, Maghera, Magheraconluce, Magherafelt, Magheralin, Magheramason, Magheramorne, Magheraveely, Maghery, Maguiresbridge, Markethill, Martinstown, Maydown, Mayobridge, Mazetown, Meigh, Middletown, Milford, Millbank, Mill Bay, Millisle, Milltown (Co. Antrim), Moira, Monea, Moneyglass, Moneymore, Moneyneany, Moneyreagh, Moneyslane, Monteith, Moortown, Moss-Side, Mountfield, Mountjoy, Mounthill, Mountnorris, Moy, Moygashel, Mullaghbawn, Mullaghboy, Mullaghbrack, Mullaghglass, Mallusk


Newbuildings, Newcastle, Newtown Crommelin, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Newtownbutler, Newtowncloghoge, Newtownhamilton, Newtownstewart, Nixon's Corner, Newmills




Park, Parkgate, Plumbridge, Pomeroy, Portadown, Portaferry, Portavogie, Portballintrae, Portbraddon, Portglenone, Portrush, Portstewart, Poyntzpass


Randalstown, Rasharkin, Rathfriland, Ravernet, Richhill, Ringsend, Rock, Rosslea, Rostrevor, Roughfort, Rousky


Saintfield, Sandholes, Scarva, Scotch Street, Seaforde, Seskinore, Shanmaghery, Shanvey, Sheeptown, Shrigley, Silverbridge, Sion Mills, Sixmilecross, Skea, Spa, Spamount, Springfield, Stewartstown, Stoneyford, Strabane, Straid, Straidarran, Strangford, Stranocum, Strathfoyle, Straw, Swatragh


Tamlaght (Co. Fermanagh), Tamlaght (Co. Londonderry), Tamnamore, Tandragee, Tartaraghan, Teemore, Templepatrick, Tempo, The Birches, Tobermore, Toome, Trillick, Trory, Tullyhogue, Tullyhommon, Tullylish, Tullynacross, Tullywiggan, Tynan


Upper Ballinderry, Upperlands


Victoria Bridge


Waringsford, Waringstown, Warrenpoint, Washing Bay, Waterfoot, Whitecross, Whitehead, Whiterock, Whitehouse (Co. Antrim), Whitehouse (Co. Tyrone)

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