Things to do at Horseshoe Cottage

There a lot of sights to see, places to eat and things to do all within thirty minutes of Horseshoe Cottage

Attractions Near Horseshoe Cottage Killinchy


Immerse yourself in the experience of baking traditional Irish Bread in a thatched cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough. This stunning cottage on the shores of shores of Strangford Lough, combines luxury with cosiness and comfort.

Upon arrival you will be offered a warm Irish welcome by the host. You will start with a cup of coffee or tea and some homemade sweet treats. Then you get started – aprons on and get baking!

Mount Stewart

National Trust Mount Stewart House & Gardens.

The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation.

The house has now re-opened after our 3-year long restoration project. We’ve brought back the elegance and charm of the house when it was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy in all its splendour.


With spectacular and varied panoramas, the Mountains of Mourne are famous as a boundless natural playground within Northern Ireland’s great outdoors. Their clean air and beauty entices adventurers and relaxation seekers alike.

Scale the peaks of Slieve Donard, find the fairways of Royal County Down or Ardglass golf courses or lose yourself in Tollymore Forest Park. If you are adventurous do the Murlough boardwalk or participate in rock climbing, coasteering, abseiling, mountain biking, kayaking. Or if you are wanting to relax visit the spa at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.


Carved from the County Down landscape, the garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision helped create a place where you can leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty.

The gardens are a mix of formal and informal spaces with many unusual vistas and unique plants from across the world. The trees, plants and shrubs range in ages, size and colour and create a spectacle throughout the year.


For the student of garden follies, Tollymore is a rare treat. A barn dressed up to look like a church, stone cones atop gate piers and gothic-style gate arches all show the influence of that highly individualistic designer, Thomas Wright of Durham (1711-1786), who was a friend of Lord Clanbrassil, owner of Tollymore at that time.
A walk along the Shimna river is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial – rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Elsewhere in the park the tree lover can examine experimental forest plots – some of exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus – or admire the tall giant redwoods and Monterey pines.


Ireland’s premier Game of Thrones Visitor Attraction
Just 18 miles from Horseshoe Cottage – explore over 20 key Game of Thrones tour filming location hotspots on the ancient sprawling demesne of Old Castle Ward including Winterfell Castle & the tower Bran Stark ‘fell’ from, Robb’s Camp, Walder Frey’s Twins & the savage Red Wedding.


Along with Inch Abbey, Greyabbey is the best example of Anglo-Norman Cistercian architecture in Ulster and was the daughter house of Holm Cultram (Cumbria). It was founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster. Poor and decayed in the late Middle Ages, the abbey was dissolved in 1541 but in the early 17th century was granted to Sir Hugh Montgomery and the nave was refurbished for parish worship until the late 18th century.
The remains, in the beautiful parkland setting of the nearby grand house of Rosemount, consist of the church with cloister and surrounding buildings to the south.


Set on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough where almost the entire world’s population of Brent Geese resides during the winter months. Three times award winning Castle Espie is a tranquil and friendly centre for all the family.

Food & Drink Near Horseshoe Cottage


Nestling off Sketrick Island in Strangford Lough this famous bar and restaurant is within a couple of minutes stroll from Strangford Lough Yacht Club. Renowned for its fresh food and wonderful hospitality Daft Eddy’s offers fresh oysters and lobster (pre-ordered) along with daily fresh seafood and a host of other dishes all using local produce. It’s only 5 mins from Horseshoe Cottage so why not drop in and enjoy their fabulous menu selection.


Within 10 minute drive from Horseshoe Cottage, The Poacher’s Pocket offers a cosy front bar, an award-winning gastropub and an artisan food and wine shop.


Five minutes from Horseshoe Cottage, Balloo House is an historic country pub & restaurant well known for its fresh, local seafood and dry–aged steaks. Diners can choose cosy pub dining, or the luxurious upstairs restaurant which opens weekends and is popular for private events and boutique weddings.

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