Experience A Gun Salute
The 206 (Ulster) Battery of the Royal Artillery, also known as the Ulster Gunners fire a gun salute.
The commemorative firings take place on the south terrace outside the castle drawing room. You will need a Gardens or Castle and Gardens ticket to watch the firing.
The gun salutes take place at 12.00 midday when 21 rounds will be fired at 5 second intervals from 3 guns.
About the 206 (Ulster) Battery
The 206 (Ulster) Battery was formed in 1967 as part of 102 (Ulster and Scottish) Light Air Defence Regiment.
In 1990, the 102 Regiment was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Newtownards followed by the freedom of Coleraine in 1992. Both honours have been passed down to 206 (Ulster) Battery as the only remaining subunit of the original Regiment.
The Battery are now part of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish and Ulster Gunners). In 2006 the Battery re-rolled from an Air Defence Battery to a Gun Battery and was equipped with four L118 Light guns (howitzers).
Members of The Battery has been mobilised in support of the Regular Army on a number of different operations though they also carry out ceremonial duties and are tasked to carry out Royal Salutes throughout the year.