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Welcome to Portaferry and Strangford Lough!

Portaferry is a small town situated at the tip of the Ards Peninsula, well known for its beautiful scenery and its warm welcome! Once you’ve visted this friendly town, with hilly, narrow streets bordered by colourful shops, pubs, and cafes, you’re bound to come back again and again.

The village is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, and is served by a ferry crossing the waters to Strangford every 30 minutes (takes only 7 minutes). The island-studded Strangford Lough, is the largest sea lough in the UK & Ireland, covering 80 square nautical miles. It is approached from the Irish Sea through the fast-running tidal “Narrows” which open out into more gentle waters.

Designated as Northern Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve, Strangford Lough is internationally renowned for its abundance and diversity of habitats and species and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Over 2000 marine animal and plant species have been found, many even unique to this area. Look out for seals, Arctic Terns, Irish Hares, porpoises, otters and much, much more!

The Viking invaders who arrived here in their long boats through the fast flowing “Narrows”, bestowed the name Strangfjörthr or "place of strong currents".

By contrast, the calmer waters of the main, shallow basin further north gave this Lough its old Irish name, Lough Cuan, meaning "harbour" or "sheltered haven".

It's the old Irish name for the lough that proved the inspiration for Cuan Cottage, which we think of as our "sheltered haven", away from the pressures of modern life. We're sure you'll love it whether you visit for a romantic get-away, a family holiday, an active break or just to let your hair down and enjoy the craic!


Don't forget to check out photos of the cottage in our Gallery and Guestbook.


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