Greyabbey Bay and Islands

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  • Grey Abbey Bay

    Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough the small village of Grey Abbey has evidence of being inhabited for thousands of years.


    An Archaeological study of the area discovered an ancient dugout canoe in Greyabbey Bay dated to be some 4500 years B.C. That makes it older than the pyramids of Egypt! Remains of medieval fish traps can also be found in the bay dating from the 8th to 13th Century.


    One of the islands in the bay “Chapel Island” has the remains of what is believed to be an Anglo-Norman church possibly related to Movilla Abbey in Newtownards or Nendrum  Monastic site on the opposite side of the lough on Mahee Island


    As you can see with the sun setting in the west there are often spectacular sunsets to be enjoyed.


    NOTE: Photo 4 courtesy and copyright Cliff McKay
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