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Walking Holiday on Northern Ireland's Ulster Way on the Lecale Way
From Raholp to Newcastle, via Strangford Lough

Walking Holidays on Lecale Way in Northern Ireland The Lecale Way is a 41 mile
section of the Ulster Way
around the South Eastern Coast
of Northern Ireland.
Online booking available
This walking holiday is around the South East of Northern Ireland's Coast. You will experience river valleys, stunning Strangford Lough and fine coastal walking. This area is rich in history, dating back to Neolithic times and full of myth and legends. The walk starts near the mouth of the River Slaney where Saint Patrick landed in Ireland around 432AD.
Walking holiday on the Lecale Way in Ulster Northern Ireland

Suggested Tour Duration:
5 nights, 4 days walking
Total Distance:
41 miles
Min/max daily distance:
9/12 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
easy
Features:

Strangford Lough
coastal walking
seals

The route is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
This is a popular walking tour and we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing.
You can combine this holiday with our walk on the
Mourne Way

for a longer walking holiday.
Day 1: Arrive at Strangford
To start your walking holiday on the south east of Northern Ireland's Coast on the Lecale Way walking trail you make your own way to Strangford in Northern Ireland (Ulster) for your first night's accommodation. Strangford is well connected to Belfast by bus/coach. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary as well as ferry or plane travel from UK. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The Ulster Way (Lecale Way).
Strangford on self-guided walking holiday on Lecale Way in Northern Ireland
Castle Ward on self-guided walking holiday on Lecale Way in Northern Ireland Day 2: Raholp to Strangford.    9 miles    easy
We transfer you to Raholp for the start of your walking holiday. The hiking trail follows country lanes and footpaths, never far from the banks of Strangford Lough. The walking trail passes Castle Ward, a National Trust Property dating back to the 16th century and well worth a visit. There is a castle to explore at Strangford and you can take the ferry across Strangford Lough to Portaferry.
Day 3: Strangford to Ardglass.    10 miles   easy
Walking south from Strangford the Lecale Way follows Strangford Lough to where it meets the Irish Sea. The area around Cloghy Rocks is a great place to watch seals. Walking along the coast past Kilclief Castle the area is full of rocky, sandy bays. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Man. Leaving Ballyhornan the walking trail passes St Patrick's Well before reaching the fishing village of Ardglass.
Ardglass on self-guided walking holiday on Lecale Way in Northern Ireland
St John's Point on self-guided walking holiday on Lecale Way in Northern Ireland Day 4: Ardglass to Tyrella.    10 miles   easy
After leaving Ardglass the Lecale Way walking trail crosses Coney Island, an area once believed to be a large rabbit warren in Norman Times. Then around Killough Harbour and out to St John's Point. More opportunities to see seals basking on the rocks as you head for Tyrella and its popular beach.
Day 5: Tyrella to Newcastle.    12 miles   easy
Walking trail heads inland to Clough before joining an old railway along the coast to Dundrum. The walking trail passes the Murlough Nature Reserve, a large area of sand dunes full of wildlife. The town of Newcastle is one of Northern Ireland's most popular seaside resorts, fine beaches with the backdrop of the stunning Mourne Mountains.
Newcastle on self-guided walking holiday on Lecale Way in Northern Ireleand
Day 6: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
Why not link this walking holiday with the Mourne Way, making a full week's walking holiday. We can transfer you to your car or station.
You can walk this hiking tour over 4 days at about 10 miles per day. These distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Why not combine this walking holiday with a hiking tour in another part of the UK. Our staff will be happy to advise and arrange necessary transfers.
This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Lecale Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries

Lecale Way 6 day itinerary:
4 day walking and 5 nights accommodation
£405pp
dbl/twin
£500pp
single occ
£530pp
solo traveller
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All prices subject to change

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Lecale Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
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How to get there
By Plane to Belfast or Londonderry where we can arrange transfer to Portrush
By Sea to Belfast or Larne
By Car to Strangford or Newcastle where parking is available
By Bus to Strangford or Newcastle
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