Step off the beach on to the mountain slopes - at the foot of Northern Ireland's highest peak, Slieve Donard (2,796 ft). You can step off the same five-mile beach on to Royal County Down Golf Course and its easier companion course. The harbour is full of sailing boats and the Shimna river of salmon You can walk from one end of town to the other along the promenade, passing the Percy French memorial fountain (author of the famous 'Mountains of Mourne' song). The Tropicana has outdoor fun pools and an adventure playground. Exhibitions and films are shown at the adjacent Newcastle Centre. The recreation grounds include a bowling green children's boating pool, tennis and miniature golf, while beautiful Donard Park tempts you to walk by the cascading Glen River up into the heart of the mountains.
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Downs Rd, Newcastle, BT33 0AH, Co. Down
With stunning views of the County Down coastline and superb spa facilities, including a 20-metre pool, this 4-star hotel stands in 6 acres of grounds, leading to the Royal County Down Golf Club.