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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 at Murlough
The summer season has definitely let go and the autumn falls rapidly upon us. As you get to know a place like Murlough and observe its so many natural features you realise there is no distinct division between its seasons.
Enjoy 5 mile coastal walk, part of Newcastle Challenge Trail & Lecale Way, and Great NI Walk....
Seals and seabirds - Come along and improve your natureal history field skills.
Be wild about wildlife
Beginner birding - Discover the wildfowl and waders of Dundrum inner bay.
Array of wildlife delights
The home of the marsh fritillary butterfly and an array of wildlife delights. Watch out for our day flying moths - the cinnabar and the six-spot burnet moth can be found in abundance.
Bring your camera and snap some shots of our many species of birds and butterflies.