From high wild mountain passes to rich green pasturelands, curving sandy beaches to picturesque harbours and villages, County Down has them all.
On the coast (and only a few minutes from the caravan park) lies the picture postcard village of Strangford. It has good restaurants and pubs, and a cosy harbour from where the ferry to Portaferry departs on the hour and half-hour. Heading along the coast towards Ardglass look out for a small carpark (2 miles from Strangford) from where you can see the seals basking on the rocks below.
It is 8 miles from Strangford to Ardglass, one of Northern Ireland’s three major fishing ports. Seven castles, a marina and golf course make Ardglass well worth a stop.
3 miles along the coast is the very elegant village of Killough with its charming sycamore lined street. Further along you come to the magnificent, award-winning blue flag beach of Tyrella.
Downpatrick is a busy town with many places of interest including The Saint Patrick Centre, the Grave of St Patrick next to the Down Cathedral, the County Gaol in Down County Museum and the Downpatrick Race Course. Heading east from Downpatrick and on the other side of the River Quoile you will find Saul where St Patrick built his first church in Ireland.
The author C.S. Lewis loved the Mournes and reportedly based his depiction of Narnia on the peaks, valleys and forests of these ancient granite mountains.
The Silent Valley reservoir is circled by the range and houses beautiful parkland, lakes and a pond. A shuttle bus runs from the car park to the older Ben Crom reservoir during the months of May, June and September (weekends) and July and August (daily).