The Routes - Ards Peninsula
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Overview of the A2 Ards Peninsula
The Ards Peninsula forms a barrier between the sea and Strangford Lough, with the Irish Sea on the Eastern side and the marine inlet of Strangford Lough.
Two roads traverse around the Ards Peninsula, the A20 (the Lough Road) and A2 (the Coast Road) - the route if starting in Newtowards down the Strangford Lough side through - Greyabbey - Kircubbin - Portaferry - heading up towards Cloughey - up the Irish Sea coast line through Portavogie - Ballyhalbert - Ballywalter - Millisle - Donaghadee is approximately 42 miles.
At Portaferry you can leave or join the Ards Peninsula by boarding the car ferry service which connects with Strangford village across the narrows which takes barely five minutes.
The roads can best be described as following a winding shoreline especially the Irish Sea side of the peninsula.
Burr Point near Ballyhalbert Harbour, is the most Easterly mainland point of Ireland, North or South.
There are a miriad of roads criss-crossing the peninsula with smaller roads for the more adventurous and those seeking scenic views both from Portaferry on the lough side and on the Irish Sea side round to Cloughey.
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