Newcastle & The Mournes
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Proudly standing where the “Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”, the popular seaside resort of Newcastle features a mile-long beach promenade and all the trappings of a typical holiday location – ice-cream parlours aplenty, numerous coffee shops, friendly pubs, arcades and some great playparks. Not to mention the fantastic restaurant options! Spend a few hours by the sea and soak up this town’s special atmosphere.
The Mourne Mountains
Dominating the landscape almost everywhere you turn in County Down, the Mountains of Mourne are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland. Looking at these impressive peaks from afar is enchanting enough, but if you fancy a closer look then your driver can take you on a lovely drive through the mountain roads where the remarkable scenery is sure to delight. We can also drop you off and pick you up, and suggest routes, should you wish to take advantage of the excellent network of paths and tracks that see the Mournes being continuously voted the ‘Best Walking Destination in Northern Ireland’.
Murlough & Dundrum Castle
Beautiful Murlough is without doubt one of the jewels in the County Down crown, and a visit to this part of the world wouldn’t be complete without a walk through the ancient sand dunes of this designated National Nature Reserve. Miles and miles of Blue Flag beach that stretches all the way to Newcastle, this is a fantastic place for walking, birdwatching and photo opportunities of the imposing mountains standing elegantly in the background. Just a couple of minutes from Murlough you’ll find Dundrum Castle, one of the most impressive medieval castles in Ireland. Built sometime around the early 1180’s by the famous knight John de Courcy, this enchanting site is certainly worth a visit. Even if history isn’t your thing, the stunning views will more than impress.
St John’s Lighthouse
At 40 metres high, St John’s Point is the tallest onshore lighthouse on the Irish coast, and its incredibly picturesque location makes it a popular spot for tourists. Strikingly painted in yellow and black stripes, the lighthouse perches imposingly along the beautiful Lecale peninsula. As well as visiting the lighthouse and soaking up the excellent views, you could take a walk to the nearby ancient ruins including the old St John’s Point church which dates back to the 10 or 11th century.