Scrabo Country Park

Scrabo Country Park

Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards. The paths through the fine beech woodlands at Killynether Wood and around the disused quarries provide ample opportunities for quiet countryside enjoyment.  Please note that disabled access is extremely limited.

The quarries are surrounded by disturbed ground which nature is colonizing with thorns and scrub. A walk through the hazel wood will reveal other wild flowers and a wide range of bird life can be observed in the park.

At the top of Scrabo Hill is Scrabo Tower. The tower, which was built in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry,  is one of Northern Ireland’s best known landmarks.




Located at the car park

Opening Hours

Country Park:

The Scrabo Country Park is open and is accessible all year round.

The tower will remain closed for the foreseeable future.



Free admission


Free parking

Getting There

Country Park signposted from Newtownards town centre.

Walk Trails

Circular, 2.3 miles

Scrabo Hill. A walk around Scrabo Hill, part of Scrabo Country Park.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 82 miles (132km)

Strangford Lough Trail. Cycle through Saint Patrick's country and around one of Europe's most important wildlife sites..


sharon 29 December, 2013 @ 23:27

hi in the recent storms i lost my shed roof and lost some rosella birds they have been sighted up in the country park on sat 28 dec if they are caught please contact me

Kerry Geddis 21 February, 2016 @ 11:38

Can you confirm/update the info regarding Scrabo Tower?!? Is it currently open or completely closed for repairs??

OutdoorNI 23 February, 2016 @ 08:57

Hi Kerry,

Many thanks for your enquiry. We have contacted the Department of the Environment who are responsible for the site and they have informed us that unfortunately the tower is currently closed for repairs as a result of severe water ingress. However The Scrabo Country Park remains open and is accessible all year round.


+44 (0) 28 9082 3207


203A Scrabo Road
Co. Down
BT23 4SJ

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