Local Beaches and Nature Reserve

Murlough Nature Reserve

A five minute drive from Cherryhill Lodge, Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains. 

• The best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland
• Network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes
• Woodland and heath with an array of butterflies and wild flowers
• One of 22 butterfly species, the Marsh Fritillary, is of European importance
• Internationally important for wintering wildfowl and waders 
• A haul-out site for Common and Grey seals 
• Evidence of human habitation from Neolithic times, through the Bronze Age to the present day
• Access to one of the finest beaches in Co. Down
• Stunning panorama of the Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea
• Self-guided nature walk, additional guided walks and volunteer events throughout the year




Only a 20 minute drive from Cherryhill Lodge is the award winning Tyrella beach and dune conservation area. This is a small, enclosed complex within Dundrum Bay, Downpatrick, County Down. It is a wide, flat, sandy beach two kilometres long and backed by 25 hectares of mature dunes in a conservation area offering scenic walks and an insight into the habitat of local flora and fauna.

Tyrella Beach has been awarded the prestigious Seaside Award annually since 1997 and has also maintained the Blue Flag award in 2011 due to the management and cleanliness of the beach. It has also retained it’s Green Coast Award since 2008. 
An ideal destination for locals and visitors alike, the clean waters invite water sport enthusiasts and the beach provides a safe haven for families and groups who wish to picnic in a clean environment.

The beach boasts a car free zone, off-beach parking facilities and a lifeguard on duty for safe bathing in the summer months and holidays.  There is also a tourist information centre nearby offering advice to visitors on the immediate and surrounding area.

Facilities include wheelchair access and toilets on site.  Special disabled parking on the beach can be arranged on request.

The beach is open every day of the year.