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An extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967.  It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

There is a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath from where you will see an array of butterflies and wild flowers, as well as access to one of the finest beaches in Co. Down.

The dune fields at Murlough are the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland with over 600 species of butterflies and moths, one of which, the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, is of European importance. The site is internationally important for wintering wildfowl and waders.

Autumn walk

Murlough National Nature Reserve heathland © Rebecca Stevenson

Murlough National Nature Reserve heathland

At this time of year there's nothing quite like wrapping up warm and heading outdoors on a walk. Autumn is a great time to walk the trails and a brilliant way to see the wildlife that Murlough has to offer.

Download one of our walking trails.

Murlough north point nature trail

Murlough south end nature trail