Date: 6th July 2019
Travelled: 74 kilometres from Holywood to Strangford both in County Downs
Visited: Donaghadee, Mount Stewart Gardens and Grey Abbey
Stayed: Strangford marina car-park, free T+B N54.37163, W05.55571
Budget: 34 days @ €76 per day
We are woken by the Garbos’ doing the bins about 7am. Yesterday was a big day so we’re not in a hurry this morning. The LP highlights the walk/cycling path from here to Bangor, so after coffee we give the first few kilometres a look.
Back from our walk, we get the Hymer ready and continue on the A2. We hit the Lidl in Bangor for a few items including some croissants for breakfast.
It’s only another 10 kms on to the seaside village of Donaghadee.
Map showing Donaghadee, the icon on the aire.
During our walk we find a lovely aire (motorhome service point) at the tennis courts, that wasn’t listed in our data-base. So we drive the Hymer round use the services and for the princely sum of £2 turn on the power and give the Hymer a vacuum out. Pam hand washes a few things and enjoys a 10 minute shower. Yes it’s the little things.
Map showing the location of Mount Stewart Garden.
We visit the house or rather mansion first. Whilst part of the house existed in the 1800 it was completed in the 1900 century, its beautifully styled and decorated. It is the seat of the Marqueeses of Londonderry. Click any of the photos and they will open as part of a gallery…
Mount Stewart is done and well worth the cost. We start thinking about a stop for the night but the LP recommends a visit to Grey Abbey. It’s only 7 kms further south on Strangford Lough. Mind you it’s not easy to find.
Map showing Grey Abbey, in Greyabbey.
We are reminded of the wonderful Dryburgh Abbey ruins we visited in Scotland last year.
So Grey Abbey is done we continue south on the A20. We check out a couple of potential overnight stops but nothing takes our fancy. Arriving in Portferry, we cross the Lough on the next ferry (£6.80) to Strangford, it’s much quieter over here. We take up a spot on the marina with a couple of other motorhomes and call it a day.
Michael and Pam