I’m aiming high with post number 3 for the Townlands blog.  Today’s townland is Scrabo, which occupies the top of a hill overlooking Strangford Lough.  Its most notable feature is the 19th century Scrabo Tower.

The townland extends down the eastern side of the hill, but stops when it reaches Newtownards town and airfield (the location of the windsock in the next photo).

Scrabo from floodgates pathWhat I didn’t know until I read the PLACENAMESNI website  is that the name Scrabo derives from the Irish “Screabach”,  meaning “thinly covered rock; light, stony ground”.   Some of the ground is good enough for golf, at least.

Scrabo golf courseAnd the rest of the ground is perfect for sheep.

Scrabo sheepScrabo tower is visible across much of County Down.  I can’t help photographing it from other townlands, so you will find images of the tower in my posts about Killarn, Whitespots, Unicarval, Castleaverry, Ballycullen, Ballyhenry, Ballyloughan and more.


more information

Which townlands border Scrabo?  It’s all downhill from here.  To the west, Ballycullen, Ballyalton and Killynether. To the south, Castleaverry.  To the east, the town of Newtownards and the townland of Corporation South.

Which civil parish is Scrabo in?  Newtownards

Which council area is Scrabo in?  Ards and North Down Borough Council

Which county is Scrabo in?  County Down

And finally, click here to see a map of Scrabo and to read about the townland’s name on my usual source – PLACENAMESNI.ORG.


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