Murlough National Nature Reserve, Newcastle

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Murlough Nature Reserve lies on the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland, situated close to Newcastle. It offers spectacular 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. Grid ref: J414351.FeaturesAt 697 acres, it is the best and 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 one of the finest beaches in County Down.
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  • August 20, 2017
    As members of the National Trust we had free parking, but if you're not please don't be put off. There are a selection of walks for varying abilities and they all take you to the beautiful beach, with...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Murlough is an easy walk and an even easier drive from Newcastle and is an essential visit if you're anywhere near the area. The dunes and beach are absolutely beautiful and the view you get at the en...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    ...place before you go, read the reviews, as my somewhat local beach i guess this is why i know this. I read the terrible reviews and seen people whinning about paying for parking or something, i dont...  more »

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