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Murlough National Nature Reserve

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Murlough National Nature Reserve offers miles of walking trails along sheep paths and open moorland... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BillandHeather R
Fantastic Family Outing

We spent a few hours here one day while staying nearby on a camping trip. Its definitely one that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen O
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  • Average3%
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“sand dunes”(41 reviews)
“national trust”(31 reviews)
“beautiful beach”(14 reviews)
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The Mourne Mountains, Newcastle BT33 0NQ, Northern Ireland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We are a family with one teenager visiting the Murlough Nature Reserve for the second time since 2011 and we just love it. The walks are interesting. You have a choice between board walks which are suitable for visitors with disabilities and soft paths where...More

4  Thank hasec_sarf
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had a day out here. The place is ruined by the visitors! The walk through the dunes to the beach would have been lovely except that dirty dog owners had left dog poop in many places and the smell was terrible! Parking was difficult and...More

2  Thank DPKP36
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Murlough National Nature Reserve offers miles of walking trails along sheep paths and open moorland where wild ponies roam and heath dunes to the beach along Dundrum Bay. Exquisite views of mountains, grazing land and water. Each time you go, you'll see something new. A...More

Thank BillandHeather R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours here one day while staying nearby on a camping trip. Its definitely one that gets you out and about, we highly recommend it. Perhaps not suited to anyone that isnt able for a few small climbs.

Thank Stephen O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

W hat a place. We managed to park for free off the reserve and walk on to the network of paths which zig-zag through the reserve and all the way to the beach. Some of the paths are natural over grassland. Some have been reinforced...More

Thank Polychrest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love a cool crisp autumn walk with my husband. Spectacular views. And then call into the quaint murlough cottage cafe for home made soup with wheaten bread. Loads of yummy cakes and coffee also.

Thank PatriciaInWhitehead
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Lovely beach walk. Not sure if it was all the reserve but the seals at the end were a real treat ( other side of the estuary so take some binoculars). Cafe in car park great.

Thank 851joanneb
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Accessible by 2 paths off the Newcastle/ Dundrum Road, along the beach from Newcastle, or along the beach from Dundrum. Stunning views of the mountains, miles of dunes & acres of beach. No real facilities on the beach - just unspoilt beauty.

Thank Isaac B
Reviewed September 6, 2018

This is such a beautiful place, I don't really want to tell anyone! But one of the lovely things is that you can wander the dunes and feel alone if you want to, or go down onto the beach for company. There were even life...More

Thank lilyfarmer2017
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Love this boardwalk and beach walk with fabulous mountain & sea views on a clear day. A wonderful spot to walk among the grasses and wild flowers. The life guards were on site for anyone hardy enough to take the surf. This was a must...More

Thank 567lm
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Parked in the National Trust car park for £5. Had lunch in the café which was good - light lunches, tray bakes and hot and cold drinks. We walked the board walk to the beach and then along the beach to Newcastle which can be...More

Thank Angela F
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

What a stunning place. There are two places to park. If u are a national trust member u can park in their car park ( if not a member u have to pay) or else you can park for nothing in the layby. The road...More

1  Thank bashamon
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Marie B
May 21, 2018|
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Response from Gert V | Reviewed this property |
No they don't.
Brian O
April 27, 2018|
Response from irenajm | Reviewed this property |
Think it is 3 months, then can submit another review, advise under posting guidelines for reviews
Wendy T
February 8, 2015|
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Response from Shackleton_CVO | Reviewed this property |
Hi Wendy sorry got Margaret mixed up. They were pale bellied Brent Geese from what info I got. go to the national trust site select Murlough and drop them a line. they should have more info. drop me a note if you have any q's