Walking Tour activities in Portaferry
Walk up to Windmill Hill above the town, topped by an old windmill tower, for a good view over the Narrows to Strangford. The Vikings named this stretch of water Strangfjörthr, meaning 'powerful fjord', because when the tide turns, as it does four times a day, 400,000 tonnes of water per minute churn through the gap at speeds of up to eight knots . You get some idea of the tide's remarkable strength when you see the ferry being whipped sideways by the current.
Portaferry hit the headlines in 2008 when SeaGen – the world's first commercial-scale tidal energy turbine, built at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard – was installed in the Narrows. The generator is clearly…