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“Fascinating ”

Nendrum Monastic Site
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Comber
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nendrum Monastic site, located on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough is free to visit. It boasts striking views, interesting though not extensive stone ruins (perhaps dating back to the 5th Century) and a small information centre providing a full history of Nendrum. Fascinating and definitely worth a visit, especially for history and archaeology enthusiasts.

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The site can be found by putting the postcode into satnav (BT23 6EP). The drive to the site is beautiful with stunning views all the way. The site itself is at the end of a lane way beside the water. It isn’t very big but really worth seeing. Nice way to spend an afternoon

1  Thank juliewhitmon
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Reviewed 5 July 2018

On the west side of Stangford Lough, in a tranquil island not to far from Comber, St Mochaoi established a monastery in the 5th century. Today, the remnants of a medieval stone church, evidence of clochans (beehive huts), the ruins of a round tower and a splendid carved sun dial sit on this peaceful end of one of the most beautiful corners of the emerald islands. If you like the peace and the quiet, or if you are interested in heritage and antiquities, it is definitely a place to go. An interesting feature is the use of tides that monks did back then to get power. Countty Down has numerous lovely heritage sites, and this ranks among its finest. The only problem is that getting there can be tricky, as the site is poorly signed, as unfortunately most heritage in Ireland, whether north or south. Hence, only four stars.

2  Thank Jose G
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely spot here - great drive out onto the little chain of drumlin islands - then at the monastery you can just sit and soak up the sunshine, and absorb the beauty of the place. Good views over the lough.

Thank clare r
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The drive down the narrow roads across Reagh Island onto Mahee Island makes the journey worth it and particularly interesting. People have been living on the shore of Strangford Lough since Neolithic times due probably to the mild microclimate here and the abundance of birds, fish and shellfish, so it is hardly surprising that a medieval monastery was established at Nendrum.
As you climb the hill into the monastery you get the impression of a well defended site with 360 degree views

Thank John A
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