Date: 7th July 2019
Travelled: 40 kilometres Strangford to Newcastle, both in County Downs
Visited: Castle Ward
Stayed: Newcastle waterfront car-park, free no service N54.20326, W05.89138
Budget: 35 days @ €75 per day
We enjoyed a quiet evening on the quay at Strangford. The ferry runs every 30 minutes till 11pm but we didn’t hear it after 9pm. There is a French motorhome across the way and two yuppies in a 1970 VW Combi (hired) nearby.
Pam wants a walk and the LP recommends walking the Squeeze Gut so we head of to find it…
An hour later we are back in the Hymer and heading for the Castle Ward Estate, it’s only 7 kms away. Another National Trust entry £9.50pp.
Map showing the Castle Ward Estate
The house doesn’t open until 1pm, so we set off to walk one of the recommended trails. I should add, Castle Ward was a regular backdrop for filming the Game of Thrones. There are several plaques and a special Game of Thrones Tour that runs here.
The walk takes us 90 minutes, up and down dale. Back in the Hymer we have a cool down and lunch before visiting the house. You can click any of these and they should open in a gallery.
It’s mid-afternoon and time to move on. We check out an overnight spot on the estuary near Dundrum and we find another familiar view.
Map of Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Icon on our car-park.
Michael and Pam