The townland of Ballywatticock has been all over the news today, setting records on a scorching summer day. For example, here is a tweet from the BBC’s Weather Presenter, Barra Best.
But how many people know where to find Ballywatticock? Head out of Newtownards on the Bowtown Road or the Portaferry Road. When you reach the settlement of Loughries, you are in the right neighbourhood.
I would describe Ballywatticock as the gateway to the Ards Peninsula.
The houses of Loughries are in Ballywatticock, but the Primary School is actually in the neighbouring townland of Loughriscouse.
I can’t promise that the Ards Peninsula, Loughries or Ballywatticock will always have these temperatures, but the countryside is still beautiful all year round.
Which county is Ballywatticock in? County Down
Which civil parish is Ballywatticock in? Newtownards