East of Downpatrick, the low-lying Lecale Peninsula is isolated by the sea and Strangford Lough to the north, south and east, and the marshes of the Rivers Quoile and Blackstaff to the west. Its Irish name Leath Chathail (lay-ca-hal) means 'the territory of Cathal' (an 8th-century prince), and this region of fertile farmland is fringed by fishing harbours, rocky bluffs and sandy beaches.
Between Ardglass and Killough in the south of the peninsula is Coney Island, vividly described in Van Morrison's spoken-word song of the same name. This little seaside hamlet isn't in fact an island, but has a small peninsula that may once have been cut off by the sea. The Oscar-winning short film The Shore (2011) was shot at director Terry George's family cottage here.