Interestingly enough, the dune fields at Murlough are the most extensive example of dune heath in Ireland, with more than 720 species of butterflies and moths calling them home.

Ramble along the sandy shores or walk along the boardwalk that takes you through the dunes.

6 – Gulp down fresh air at Tollymore Forrest

a bridge in Tollymore Forrest

Photo by Chris Hill

Next up is Tollymore Forest Park.

This place covers an impressive 630 hectares of land at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and is the perfect spot for walking, camping, horse riding, and orienteering.

There’s also a big nature play area for kids.

If you’re looking for things to do in County Down and fancy exploring Tullymore, there are 4 different trails that you can head off on here.

Traveller Tip: Give The Red Trail a bash. It’s a three-mile-long trail that passes through woodland and offers dramatic views of the Pot of Legawherry.

7 – Nurse a pint in the 200-year-old Maghera Inn

The Maghera Inn Down

Photo via The Maghera Inn on FB

As you’ve probably gathered if you’ve read any of our guides on this site, I love old pubs.

Especially ones that are known for great service and even better Guinness.

The 200-year-old Maghera Inn in County Down sounds like a grand aul spot for a post-adventure pint.

Here’s what the lads that run it have to say:

‘The Maghera Inn may look like a quaint, understated Northern Ireland pub restaurant, but inside we’re special. We’ve a bar that’s packed with exotic brands; we’re renowned for the quality of our Guinness; and we’ve a menu that will titillate the taste buds of even the most demanding gourmand.’