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Ards Peninsula

An Aird / Aird Uladh / Leithinis na hArda (Irish)
Tha Airds (Ulster-Scots)
Kirkistown Castle, near Cloghy on the Ards Peninsula.
Kirkistown Castle, near Cloghy on the Ards Peninsula.
Location of the Ards Peninsula (red) within Ards Borough district (red & orange).
Location of the Ards Peninsula (red) within Ards Borough district (red & orange).
Location of Ards Peninsula
CountryUnited Kingdom
CountyDown

The Ards Peninsula (from Irish: Aird Uladh, meaning 'peninsula of the Ulstermen')[1] is a peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland, that separates Strangford Lough from the North Channel of the Irish Sea on the north-east coast of Ireland. Several towns and villages are located on it, including Donaghadee, Millisle, Newtownards and Portaferry. Newtownards is considered to be the largest conurbation, as the larger town of Bangor, which is also geographically located on the north end of the peninsula, is excluded from the Ards district (part of the larger Borough of Ards). The peninsula has a mild marine microclimate, with dry and fertile soils suitable for extensive agriculture. The Ards Peninsula contains, near Portavogie, the most easterly point on the island of Ireland.

History

The Ards peninsula was once known as "The Ards", and was conquered by the Normans in the 12th century. The Norman family Savage built a number of local castles and priories.

Places of interest

Settlements

Towns and villages of the Ards Peninsula include:

Archaeological sites

Climate

Climate data for Lough Cowey (10m elevation) 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
8.3
(46.9)
9.8
(49.6)
11.6
(52.9)
14.3
(57.7)
16.7
(62.1)
18.7
(65.7)
18.4
(65.1)
16.6
(61.9)
13.5
(56.3)
10.6
(51.1)
8.7
(47.7)
13.0
(55.4)
Average low °C (°F) 2.9
(37.2)
2.7
(36.9)
3.7
(38.7)
4.7
(40.5)
7.1
(44.8)
9.7
(49.5)
11.7
(53.1)
11.6
(52.9)
10.1
(50.2)
7.7
(45.9)
5.2
(41.4)
3.4
(38.1)
6.7
(44.1)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 77.1
(3.04)
56.3
(2.22)
60.7
(2.39)
55.3
(2.18)
56.1
(2.21)
61.7
(2.43)
58.9
(2.32)
73.1
(2.88)
69.1
(2.72)
86.9
(3.42)
87.6
(3.45)
79.7
(3.14)
822.5
(32.38)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12.8 10.1 11.8 10.2 11.1 10.1 10.5 11.6 10.6 12.5 13.1 12.7 137
Mean monthly sunshine hours 55.1 77.1 113.3 159.9 201.9 169.9 172.7 161.3 133.2 100.8 65.1 48.8 1,459
Source: metoffice.gov.uk[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Place Names NI. "Ards Peninsula, County Down". Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Climate Normals 1981–2010". Met Office. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

Coordinates: 54°30′N 5°30′W / 54.5°N 5.5°W / 54.5; -5.5

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