8 ways to enjoy a short break in County Down

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Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published June 20, 2019

Treat yourself to a short break to County Down. Rejuvenate yourself with a trek up the Mournes, a stroll along Murlough Beach and a deep sleep at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa all in the space of a few days.

Murlough Beach County Down

Murlough Beach, County Down

1. Stay in pure luxury at the foot of the Mournes in the 4* Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. The hotel stands on six acres of private grounds and is known for providing top hospitality for over 100 years.

Treat your eyes to stunning panoramic views across the Irish Sea and the world-famous Royal County Down Golf Club (Voted Number 1 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Digest, 2017) from your luxurious room. Pack your swimsuit and make use of the hotel’s stunning swimming pool and undergo replenishing treatments in the spa.

2. After dropping your bags off, it’s time to get outdoors and get moving! The best way is a trek up Northern Ireland’s highest and most dramatic Mourne Mountains.

There are walking routes up each of the mountains and you don’t have to climb the highest peaks to experience their majestic beauty. Breathe in the fresh air as you take in spectacular scenery including forest parks, coastal views and impressive gardens. 

3. For more of a coastal adventure, head to the beach at Murlough Nature Reserve where you will find five miles of golden sands to stroll along.

4. After exploring County Down’s beautiful scenery, sample its fine food. Taste the freshest, locally caught seafood at the Mourne Seafood Bar, 10 minutes from the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.

Relax in the informal setting and tuck into delicious food served up in area known for its rich heritage of fishing and culinary wonders.

5. After your short break jam-packed full of outdoor exercise, it’s time to unwind in the Soak Seaweed Baths located on the South Promenade in Newcastle. Seaweed baths are known to offer some fantastic health and beauty benefits.

It’s the ideal place to experience an activity which has enriched the lives of people on this island for more than a century.

Lie down in your Victorian roll top bath in a private bathroom and soak in hot seawater and fresh seaweed. If you want an experience customised to your own preference, bring along your own CD and hand it into reception so you can enjoy your soak listening to your favourite tunes.

6. Take a walk along the Shimna River at Tollymore Forest Park and view many curiosities along the way including rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Tree lovers can examine exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus or admire the tall giant redwoods and Monterey pines.

7. The Gothic and Classic collide at Castle Ward which is famous for its views over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough. Move along the Lough Trail and spot a host of wildlife and rare plants along the way. Warm up after your walk with a cuppa and a freshly baked scone provided in the tearoom.

8. At Castlewellan Forest Park, explore one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea. Dander through the garden and see informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders dotted throughout. 

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