The Murlough Nature Reserve has a myriad of activities to enjoy, such as bird watching, walks & family fun at County Down’s finest beach.The over 6000 years old sand dune system was featured as the first National Trust Property in Ireland, managed since 1967.
The area is excellent for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay with panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea. This is captured in our photograph, with the winter snow blanketing the summit of the Slieve Donard.
Murlough is the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland with a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes. The woodland and heath has an array of wild flowers and butterflies including the Marsh Fritillary, which is one of European importance and Internationally important for wintering wildfowl, waders plus Common and Grey seals.
The 2.5 mile stretch which the dune encompasses shows evidence of human habitation from Neolithic times, through the Bronze Age to the present day. Self-guided nature walks, additional guided walks and volunteer events happen throughout the year.
The Royal County Down Golf Club first opened 125 years ago on the 23rd March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland.
This spectacular photograph shows an amazing view of the Royal down golf course, with the magnificent Mourne Mountains rising up behind the course.
One of Ireland's most scenic areas and the ultimate adventurer's paradise.
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