Murlough Nature Reserve
This lies on the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland, situated close to Newcastle. It has views of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay. Its 6,000-year-old sand dune system has been managed by the National Trust since 1967, when it became Ireland's first nature reserve.
At 697 acres, it is the most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland, with a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes. Breeding birds include meadow pipit, skylark, cuckoo, stonechat, linnet and reed bunting. Shorehauling grey seal and common seals are also common in the area. Between 50 and 130 common and grey seals regularly use the area for moulting, resting and feeding. Rare plants local to the site are pyramidal orchid and carline thistle. It also has access to a shingle beach and four mile Blue Flag strand
Clean beaches and great walkways. Lovely café on site with fresh pastries and coffee. This beach is also dog friendly and you can bring a picnic.
All the walk ways are well maintained and the dunes give good shelter to the beach.
Very long beach with high grass sand dunes along the back. We are not sure if the toilets or shop are open and advise you take your own food and don't expect to use their toilets.
Fantastic views and very popular in the summertime. The Mourne mountains are visible from this beach, which does need better maintenance but still pulls in the crowds. There are wooden slat boardwalks in the dunes. We understand there is an entrance fee of £4 in the summer and lifeguards on duty.