Taking a holiday in Ireland, come to County Down and visit the Mournes.
The Mourne Mountains
back of Oakleigh House bed and breakfast accommodation,
Mournes were formed 50 million years ago, made of granite, an igneous
rock. Over a series of ice ages they were carved by glaciers and on
its last retreat 11,000 years ago the ice produced the present day Mourne
skyline with its u-shaped valleys and corries. Vast quantities of sand
and stone were left on the coastal plain leaving the moraine and drumlin
topography of Co. Down today. Many granite boulders were left isolated
on the mountains by the retreating ice. Clough Mor. Originally the area
was covered in broad leafed woodland, which was cut down and today the
area is farmed lowland and sheep grazed heather hillsides.
|Oakleigh House bed and breakfast accommodation is 800 yds from the entrance gates to Tollymore Park and about a mile out of the little town of Newcastle nestling at the foot of the Mournes. Walk along the sandy beaches of Murlough, refresh yourself in one of the many coffee shops, restaurants and pubs and browse through the souvenir shops along the main street, stopping a while at the promenade to see the view across Dundrum Bay|