When on holiday I refuse to stay indoors. I like to spend every minute of the day exploring new places, eating new foods and getting to find all the best bits. Sometimes, to poor P’s dismay, this can be a little regimented if I have a long list of things I want to see in a place before we have to leave, but thankfully for him he was not on this particular trip and it was to my sisters dismay instead! Another morning arrived whilst I was staying with Tiff and yet again she wanted to spend a relaxed day at home. Damned if I was going to be forced to waste a day, I dragged her out of the house and we went for another drive, this time heading south of Belfast. We ended up at the Murlough Nature Reserve which was perfect as we had Eddy with us and anywhere outdoors equals a happy Eddy! Because Eddy is of the furry variety..
Murlough is in County Down, near Dundrum, and is made up of ancient sand dunes and is owned by The National Trust..as are most places I seem to visit! (I can’t help it, I like old beautiful things..) It is a stunning location for a long walk and has a labyrinth of paths that led us through beautiful greenery and onto the beach. We didn’t have the glorious sunshine of previous days but it was picturesque none the less.
A couple hours of wandering later, we decided we would head into Dundrum where I had spotted signs for a castle, as I do, and we made a beeline for it. Dundrum Castle is another castle built by the de Courcy family (along with Carrickfergus) and is situated above the small town of Dundrum in County Down. This too, is another fine example of a Norman castle, built in the 12th century and worth a stop off in Dundrum to have a look at if you are interested in exploring the rich history of Northern Ireland. The castle is now in ruins but with a good imagination you can see the beauty it would once have been sat perched above the town looking out over the waters.