Cunningburn townland is on the western side of the Ards Peninsula, County Down. It starts at the shore of Strangford Lough, with a carpark and picnic tables for visitors to enjoy the view. This spot is also recommended as a place for launching a canoe into the lough, but I haven’t tried that (yet).
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the townland of Cunningburn was probably named after the nearby stream known as the Cunning Burn.
How did the river get its name? “Cunning” was a word used for rabbit in northwest England. There were links between Cumberland and County Down in the Anglo-Norman period, so that may be when English-speakers brought the word to Ireland, and coined the place-name.
Which townlands border Cunningburn? On the loughshore, to the northwest, Ballyhaft. To the northeast, Ballyblack. To the southeast, Ballycastle and Ballyewry.
Which county is Cunningburn in? County Down.
Which civil parish is Cunningburn in? Newtownards.