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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Kilcoo
Tara's Hill Cottage

Tara’s Hill Cottage is located in the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Tara’s Hill Cottage provides you with breath taking views and an exclusive private property looking directly into the valley of Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Bearnagh. This is the perfect getaway to enjoy nature, walk the mountains, explore Newcastle, Tollymore Forest Park, Silent Valley and much more.

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  1. Private room
  2. County Down
3 The Heights, Loughinisland BT308PU

A warm welcome awaits you at 3 The Heights. We have a cosy upstairs bedroom 18 ft by 15 ft room including en suite tastefully decorated with centre ceiling light, velux roof window, french doors, carpet, settee. Car and bike space available. Good transport links. Restaurant, spar shop and pub nearby. Well maintained garden in a quiet countryside setting.

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Newcastle, Mourne Mountains View, (dog friendly)

Bright, sunny self contained two bedroomed apartment (dog friendly) with outside eating area , on the edge of Newcastle, with panoramic views of the Mourne mountains, five mins drive, (twenty min walk) to town centre, the Slieve Donard hotel, golf course and beach, opposite the Burrendale hotel, five minutes drive to the mountains, forests. Tollymore (Game of Thrones) and Castlewellan.. for walking, cycling and water based activities. Bus links to Belfast (1 hr drive) and Dublin (2 hr drive).

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Stay near County Down's top sights

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Tollymore Forest Park48 locals recommend
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Castle Ward7 locals recommend
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Castlewellan Forest Park35 locals recommend
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Exploris Aquarium21 locals recommend
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Delamont Country Park13 locals recommend
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Sprucefield Centre5 locals recommend

Other great holiday rentals in County Down

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  2. Castlewellan
YEW TREE BARN with Jacuzzi brand HOT TUB..........
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  1. Entire rental unit
  2. County Down
NEWCASTLE SEAFRONT APARTMENT WITH WIFI & PARKING
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  1. Entire apartment
  2. Newry, Mourne and Down
The Shed at the Quoile
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  1. Dome
  2. Newry, Mourne and Down
Tollymore Luxury Log Cabin
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  1. Entire cabin
  2. Dundrum
Log cabin by the sea private garden
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. County Down
Hollymount Cottage
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  1. Barn
  2. Newry, Mourne and Down
The Stable Yard, Tranquil stay in beautiful Down
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  1. Private room
  2. Castlewellan
Billies Art house Castlewellan, single rm, parking
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  1. Entire loft
  2. Newry and Mourne
Loft @ Mournes sweep to the Sea
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  1. Entire place
  2. Newry, Mourne and Down
Donard Lodge.
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. County Down
Tollymore Gate Lodge Mourne Mountains
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  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Lisburn
Self Catering Apartment

Your guide to County Down

All About County Down

Situated along the eastern coast of Northern Ireland, County Down is where the peaks of the Mourne Mountains sweep down to the waters of the Irish Sea. Hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails through nature reserves thread through this breathtaking landscape, with golden beaches, rolling hills, and ancient forests. Strangford Lough, an inlet protected from the rough waves of the Irish Sea, provides calm waters for kitesurfing, fishing, and swimming.

In Tollymore Forest, the filming location for a famous television series, you can follow winding paths that pass by rivers and over bridges. Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the oceanfront, has sandy beaches, waterfalls, and wooded glens. Slieve Gullion Forest, in the south of the county, looks like something out of a storybook, complete with moss-covered trees and a fairy kingdom for children to explore. The largest city in County Down is Bangor, a seaside town where you’ll find a marina and pier, several museums and galleries, and eateries offering locally caught cod, oysters, and crab.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in County Down?

While rain falls consistently throughout the year, the best time to secure your holiday let in County Down is during spring and summer, when temperatures are highest and conditions are best for exploring all of the natural wonders the region has to offer. The weather is always changeable, so you’ll want to pack a warm layer, an umbrella, and proper shoes. Many events and festivals are held in the area throughout the year. In July, Rostrevor hosts the Fiddlers Green Festival, with traditional Irish music, dancing, and walking tours. The Festival of Flight in August in the seaside village of Newcastle sees vintage aircraft displays, live music, and all-ages entertainment. Autumn brings cooler temperatures, a good time for visiting places like the 18th-century Castle Ward in Strangford or enjoying a cosy pub lunch in front of the fire. Temperatures rarely dip below freezing in winter, but you will see even more rain at this time of year, which can make it feel colder than it is.


What are the top things to do in County Down?

The Mourne Wall

Built in the early 20th century to keep free-grazing cattle and sheep away from the Silent Valley Reservoir, this 30-kilometre-long dry-stone wall weaves up and down 15 summits in the Mourne Mountains, the highest mountains in Northern Ireland. You can hike the entire length of the wall, or find shuttle buses to bring you to various peaks along the route.

Castlewellan Forest Park

Just north of the Mourne Mountains, the 460-hectare Castlewellan Forest Park is home to the National Arboretum of Northern Ireland, started in 1740 and containing many rare trees from around the world. The greater park features hiking and biking trails around the lake, a play area for children, and a stately Victorian castle. Walk through the intricate hedged paths of the Peace Maze and ring the bell when you finally arrive at its centre.

The Down County Museum

At the late-18th-century Down County Museum in Downpatrick, once the county jail, you can learn about the rich history of the county. You’ll find exhibitions and interactive displays of Neolithic axes and pottery, the 10th-century Downpatrick High Cross, farming equipment, and artifacts from everyday life throughout the centuries. And if you’re most curious about the museum’s own past, you can tour the floor of restored jail cells.