Orlock Point is a rocky promontory a few miles from the city of Bangor, on the Mourne Coastal Route. A 3-mile walk along the shore offers a mosaic of semi-natural habitats which support a rich diversity of plants and animals. The trail is easy to walk and offers 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.

Parking is a bit tricky and the directions we got to reach the starting point were not precise. Therefore, we circled around Orlock Road without finding any. Coming from Groomsport, a small parking lot is available past the two entrances to Orlock Road, on your left. We opted to drive back to Groomsport city center and we parked the car at the harbour. By doing so, the original 3-mile walk became a 5.6-mile walk: from the port, we followed the waterfront and ventured around the camping sites on the coast. Eventually, the path joins the National Trust walk.

This is a very pleasant place for an easy walk surrounded by wild flowers: the view over the sea and the scent of chamomile flowers will calm your spirit and empty your mind. The path from Groomsport, in particular, is delightful albeit narrow. Locals are very friendly, as well. Along the way you will see lovely gardens and well cared terraces overlooking the sea.

Thumbs up. If you seek calm and delicate beauty, this is the place to go.







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