Six castles & five eccentrics

In Ireland's most fortified town this tour explores the medieval Ardglass and its transformation from ruin to Georgian splendour. Begining at the town's heritage centre this is an access all areas tour of Ardglass.
The Walk
Beginning at the Maritime heritage Centre explore the Ardglass of yesteryear. From the Irish for Green Height, Ardglass is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. After the Norman conquest the harbour became an important centre on the coast. Six castles, one visited by King John, are testament to the former glory of the town. After falling to ruin in the 1600s the town was forgotten. That is until an interesting man and the first eccentric, namely William Ogilvie, took it upon himself to rebuild it.
Discover the plan laid out by him in his splendid Georgian revival. Listen to the stories of the eccentrics of note who called his town their home. They include Major Aubrey William Beauclerk, Thomas Hunter, Francis Joseph Bigger, and Joe Gilmore. The tour gives you exclusive access to two old castles, one of which is now Ardglass Golf Club.
This walk is brought to life with the diary of Duane's great-great-great-grandfather who lived in Ardglass in the 1820s. This remarkable book includes stories of intrigue, murder, disaster, and remarkable occasions.
The Coffee Stop
Where better to stop and pause for a coffee than the viewing deck of Ardglass Castle? Overlooking the harbour, you can spot the original fortified warehouse complete with a 1405 coat of arms for London.
Further Information
  • The walk is about 1.5 miles and circular, returning to the start point.
  • The walk will use a mix of footpaths. 
  • The tour lasts 2 hours. 
The Meeting point
Discover Ardglass
9-11 Bath Street
Ardglass
BT30 7SA
There is free car parking available at Ardglass Marina and in addition to this on-street and surface car parking are available. Please be aware of any parking restrictions before leaving your vehicle. Regular Ulsterbus services operate to Ardglass from Downpatrick Bus Centre, the service is 16A.
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