Newcastle - Northern Ireland Guide
Newcastle is a small seaside resort overlooking Dundrum Bay with the stunning Mourne Mountains as a backdrop. The town has an excellent sandy beach and many traditional seaside resort facilities.
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The town has plenty of amusements, takeaways, restaurants, pubs and hotels and guest houses to cater for all tastes. One of Irelands most famous golf courses is also situated here - The Royal County Down Golf Club which is a links course which offers spectacular views of the surrounding coast and mountains.
The Mountains of Mourne really do seem to 'sweep down to the sea' in the words of the famous song. They also offer some great walking routes some of which will take you to the highest peak in Northern Ireland - Slieve Donard. The towns and villages of Mourne country are exciting destinations in their own right, also good bases for discovering the magic of the mountains. Nearby Bryansford and Tollymore are centres for outdoor adventure - from the fairly easy to the extreme. There is pony-trekking, bouldering, canoeing, abseiling, hillwalking and even Ireland's only mountain boarding facility! Annalong, a tiny harbour and hamlet that has recently been restored, is also worth a visit.
Ardglass is a charming village which is steeped in rich history characterised in several historical ruins of castles dotted throughout the village which gives it a strong personality and uniqueness. Ardglass used to be the headquarters of the Northern Ireland herring trade in the 1800's, employing around 3,000 fishermen and is still a strong commercial fishing port to this day.
What to see around Newcastle
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - 153, Bangor Rd, Holywood, County Down BT18 0EU Tel: 028 9042 8428 Visit: Ulster Museum
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House - Seaforde Gardens, Seaforde Demesne, Seaforde, Downpatrick, County Down BT30 8PG Tel: 028 4481 1225
Royal County Down Golf Course
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