Orlock Point

Orlock Point

The Rocky outcrops of Orlock Point contain a mosaic of semi-natural habitats which support a rich diversity of plants and animals. The walk affords stunning views of the Copeland Islands and out across the Irish Sea towards Scotland. The area is steeped in archaeology and history, with evidence of Vikings, smugglers and World War II defences.

The path around Orlock Point has been managed by The National Trust since 1984. It runs from Portavo to Sandeel Bay and is a section of the North Down Coastal Path.

Making up part of the Outer Ards Special Protection Area (SPA) and Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), it is recognised for its international and national importance for breeding, wintering and migrating birds.

With the exception of a car park, there are no facilities at Orlock Point. There are a number of shops, cafes restaurants and toilet facilities in nearby Donaghadee and Groomsport.

A number of beautiful beaches lie nearby, including Ballyhole, Crawfordsburn, Helens Bay and Groomsport beaches.

Orlock Point is also a peaceful haven, ideal for catching a glimpse of a wide variety of wildlife.



Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By car

Access is off the Donaghadee road, about 1.5 miles east of Groomsport and 2 miles north west of Donaghadee. Coming from Groomsport, pass the entrance to Orlock Road on your left and then look for the small left-hand turn as the sea comes in to view.

By bus

Ulsterbus No. 3 from Bangor Bus Station alight at Orlock.


Walk Trails

Circular, 3 miles

Orlock Point. Rocky coastal path with some steep steps..

Linear, 16 miles

North Down Coastal Path. Relatively flat scenic coastline.


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+44 (0) 28 9127 0069 (Bangor Visitor Information Centre)


Warren Road,
North Down

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