The two walk descriptions for the Donard Foothills area and the associated trail and overview maps have just been updated and improved. The changes take into account the impact of the hillside and forest fires of Easter 2019 and changes in vegetation cover on the open mountain. In addition, basic contours (derived from NASA data) have been added to all maps to give a better overview of the terrain. However, we still recommend using a proper commercial mountain map – see the post Get a Mountain Map (and look at it)!
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Delamont Country Park is one of the few areas open to the public which give access to the shore of Strangford Lough. There is a short section of shore trail and a prominent hilltop with great views over Strangford, the low hills near Downpatrick and, on a clear day, the Mournes beyond. Gibbs Island is a wonderful tranquil reserve with lough side walking, old woodland with a herony, a rookery and intriguing hints of previous human occupation. Combining the two into a single walk gets around the very limited access and parking at Gibbs Island and adds the necessary distance to get your head and senses tuned in to this precious piece of Strangford shoreland.