Ballyquintin Nature Reserve includes Ballyquintin Point at the tip of the Ards Peninsula, County Down where the Irish Sea enters Strangford Lough. This reserve lies on a low, exposed, rocky coastline but the point is formed by a raised beach of shingle and cobble stones caused by the last ice-age.
Free entry, no car park charges
From Portaferry head south along Bar Hall road, which runs along the eastern shore of Strangford Lough. Ballyquintin Nature Reserve is the first turning on the right, three miles from Portaferry.
open every day
part of the site management is grazing by livestock and ponies so either leave dogs at home or keep them on a lead at all times