Thursday, 11 April 2013

Down Counties, Ireland

Mournes Mountains - County Down

Down, one of Ireland's most fertile counties, is notable for its many low, beautifully cultivated hills. 

This is why the granite mass of the Mourne Mountains in the south is so striking. Slieve Donard rises from the sea to 2,796 feet.

In the east of the county, the Ards Peninsula forms a barrier between the sea and the almost land-locked Strangford Lough. 

Bangor, Donaghadee, Newcastle and Warrenpoint are examples of some of the fine resorts that line the beautiful Down coast. They are linked by good roads that wind their way around the shore. 

The county boasts many important historic sites and ancient monuments, together with attractions for the sportsman, the climber, the walker and the sightseeing tourist. 

The county includes the part of Belfast that lies east of the River Lagan.