Pack a picnic and get away from it all with a day out at Delamont Country Park in County Down. Combine the best of Irish countryside with entertaining activities and you have the recipe for a great day out.
Start your day at the Visitor Centre to check out what’s happening that day, there may be a special event happening and you can also collect a map or two to plan your routes and activities. From there take a family stroll on any of the five nature walks. These cater to all agility levels as they range from 1km to 7km, giving a suitable option for every age and fitness level. The pathways are level meaning pushchair use is easy and this really is the best way to see the variety of wildlife in its very tranquil setting of this fantastic country park.
If the weather, and your time, permits then make sure you visit Tyrella beach. This enclosed dune complex on Dundrum Bay enjoys a long, flat and sandy strand with safe bathing, various amenities including a shop and tourist information, off-beach car parking, ranger services and lifeguards during the summer holidays.
Take a boat trip around Strangford Loch – be sure to do some planning before you arrive though as trips happen irregularly and you must book in advance. The trips last about one and a half hours and start at Mullagh Key within the Country Park. Your boat will take you up the Loch where you might even be lucky enough to see seals and porpoises, very common during the summer months.
Ever popular with the younger members of your family, a ride on the park’s miniature railway is sure to delight. It’s classified as the longest of its kind in all of Ireland and is hauled by Freddy the Tank Engine. The train makes its way around the meadow, passing through a tunnel, hooting loudly to the delight of all passengers, young and older! There’s a minimal charge for this trip, but it’s worthwhile – it’s such a delightful attraction.
Highlight of the Day
The outdoor exercise equipment that has been installed at various woodland locations.
Nearest train station : Downpatrick
Car parking : Yes
Website : www.delamontcountrypark.com