Dundrum is a picturesque village on the south-east coast of County Down, Northern Ireland, 35 miles south of
Belfast and 5 miles north of Newcastle. Dundrum offers a range of amenities and attractions that are popular
with residents and holidaymakers throughout the year. To the south of Dundrum are great views of the Mourne Mountains, to the north there are views of Dundrum Castle. Dundrum is ideally placed as a base for walking and bird watching. There are a number of accommodation options in Dundrum ranging from self-catering apartments to luxury B&B's. In addition to the accommodation in Dundrum the nearby resort town of Newcastle offers a wide range of hotels.
Dundrum and its surrounding region have a variety of natural and man-made attractions ranging from Dundrum Castle to the Mourne Mountain range. Dundrum Bay is also home to a wide range of birdlife.
It is an easy walk from the centre of Dundrum to Dundrum Castle although there is a car park at the castle for those not wanting to walk too far. The Dundrum Coastal Path can also be readily reached on foot from the village although it also has a car park right at the start. Walking out of the village to the south you quickly reach the edges of Murlough Nature Reserve, which offers a variety of walks through the dunes and down to the beach. There are a variety of parking options for the reserve if approaching by car. The Mourne Mountains begin around 6 miles south of Dundrum on the edge of Newcastle. There are a great number of walking options through the Mournes Mountains with a range of car parks throughout.
Close to Dundrum the Downpatrick area contains a number of attractions including Down Cathedral, Down County Museum, Inch Abbey and the Saint Patrick's Centre.
Overlooking Dundrum are the ruins of Dundrum Castle, considered one of the finest Norman castles in Northern Ireland. Built by John de Courcy at the end of the 12th Century, Dundrum Castle had a colourful history that culminated in its sacking by Cromwell's army in the 1650's. The circular keep is still intact and accessible, offering stunning views over the surrounding coutryside and out to sea.
DUNDRUM COASTAL PATH
The Dundrum Coastal Path is a 1.6 mile stretch of The Lecale Way that runs along a disused railway line on the banks of Dundrum Inner Bay. The path is relatively level and passes through a variety of terrains that also provide many opportunities for bird watching. The path can get muddy in places though and it is advisable to wear suitable footwear, particularly after periods of heavy rain.