Ards Peninsula



Portavogie has a wealth of fishing heritage, and two outstanding beaches with beautiful bays and coves to explore.
About a mile north of the village is a beautifully quiet beach with good grass parking, just opposite Ballyfrench Road.
Shore is a wonderful beach for walkers, with beautiful little bays to discover, and a good promenade. Adjacent to the beach carpark is a children's playground. Extensive views across the Irish Sea to Scotland, Isle of Man, and South Rock reef.
South Shore is located the other side of the harbour, and enjoys commanding views to Kilwarlin Lighthouse on South Rock, Green Isle, and the tern colony on Bird Isle.
Portavogie Harbour is located at the heart of the village; the busy working harbour can be viewed closely from the harbour carpark. The best time to see the harbour full of fishing vessels is weekends. Also worth watching out for are the seals that swim into the harbour. Catch is landed into the sheds on the opposite side of the carpark.

Portavogie Harbour

Places worth visiting nearby

Kirkistown Race Track - There are seven car race meetings, four sprints and two single venue rallies per year. There are also a dozen track days. Gearbox karts feature on the main circuit at some car meetings and non-gearbox karts have their own events on the Kirkistown West circuit. We have at least two motorbike race meetings. There are also bicycle race meetings, duathlons, motorcycle track days and race schools for both bikes and cars.
The racetrack is built over the layout of the old WWII airfield, whcih was was a satellie airfield to the main one at Ballyhalbert, and was opened in July 1944. These airfields have been home to squadrons of Hurricanes, Spitfires, Beaufighters, Mustang, Fulmars, Hellcats, and Seafires.
Ballyhalbert and Kirkistown airfields were transferred from the RAF to the Admiralty and became a Royal Naval Air Station on 24th April 1945: Ballyhalbert was commissioned as HMS Corncrake; Kirkistown commissioned as HMS Corncrake II

130 Rubane Road, Kircubbin BT22 1AU - phone 02842 771 325

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Eddie Irvine's Race School Ireland, Kirkistown Race Track - Eddie Irvine’s Race School Ireland mission is to be the best at what we do, giving people a wonderful experience and a sense of fulfillment; we bring a wealth of Motorsport, and racing experience. We are dedicated in delivering a top class driving experience and creating lifelong memories. The Irvine family is also heavily involved in the business, and although we cannot guarantee that he will be at every Race School, it is also not unusual to see Eddie at the side of track in deep conversation with customers and spectators about his early years in Formula Ford racing.
visit the Eddie Irvine Race School Ireland website

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Ballyhalbert - Ballywalter - Carrowdore - Cloughey
Greyabbey - Kircubbin - Millisle - Portaferry - Portavogie

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