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6. Murlough Bay National Nature Reserve

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Murlough Bay National Nature Reserve

Murlough Bay is the most spectacular of all the bays along the northern coast. From the rugged cliff tops, the hillside curves down to the sea in a series of wildflower meadows that soften an otherwise harsh landscape. As much as anywhere else on the Irish coastline, this is a place for just spending time and drinking it all in. 
 
Murlough National Nature Reserve is an extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape, fringing on one of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches and overlooked by the rounded peaks of the Mourne Mountains to the south.

From sandy beaches and grassy dunes to stunning heathland, the vast array of habitats at Murlough National Nature Reserve are home to many rare and uncommon plants and animals. Archaeological interest is also high with artifacts dating from the Stone Age and evidence of occupation by the Normans. The area is thought to be around 6,000 years old and accounts for approximately 12 per cent of all dune heathland in the British Isles.

Murlough National Nature Reserve Address:
South Down Office, Murlough National Nature Reserve
Dundrum
County Down, BT33 0NQ 
Northern Ireland, UK

Murlough National Nature Reserve Opening Times:
Access all year
Facilities open from:
17th March to 28th May, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 
1st June to 16th September, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily

Murlough National Nature Reserve Admission:
Admission charged when facilities open:
Car £2.70
Minibus £5.00
Coach £10.00
Motorbike £1.00

T (028) 4375 1467

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