An extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape providing an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

On the coast of County Down lies the Murlough National Nature Reserve. The reserve offers a spectacular view of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay.

Since 1967 Murlough has been Ireland’s first Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust.

The 6,000 year old sand dune system provides an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

Visitors will come across a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath. Along here they can enjoy an array of butterflies and wild flowers.

These walks will provide you with access to one of the finest beaches in Co. Down.

From the magnificent beach, sea watchers can observe more sea birds and in the summer and autumn both common and grey seals. The rich wildlife of this area changes with the seasons but there is always something of interest.

  • Network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath
  • Birdwatchers can observe sea birds
  • Common and grey seals
  • An array of butterflies and wild flowers

Opening Times:

Access all year. Please see the website for details.

Useful Information

The car park is open all year round with admission charged when facilities such as the Beach Café are open

Getting There

Murlough lies just off the A2, the main Belfast to Newcastle road near Dundrum village. Look out for the signs

Map Location: 54.233343, -5.863389
Contact Murlough National Nature Reserve

Keel Point, Dundrum, Co. Down BT33 0NQ, Northern Ireland


T: +44 (0)28 4375 1467
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