- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Newcastle, Northern Ireland
For golf enthusiasts and beach lovers, Newcastle in County Down is worth a trip. The town lies on the coast of the Irish Sea, at the base of one of the Mourne Mountains, known as Slieve Donard. The name of the town comes from a castle that once stood at the mouth of the town’s Shumna River and was referred to as New Castle in the Annals of the Four Masters. The history of the town is filled with folklore and myth, and many of the places’ names are derived from local legends. One such place is Saint Patrick’s Stream, which is where Saint Patrick supposedly banished all the snakes in Ireland. Famous visitors to Newcastle include George V and Queen Mary, grandparents to Elizabeth II, who came to open the then newly built Slieve Donard Hotel. For nature lovers, Tollymore Forest Park, Donard Park and the Murlough Nature Reserve provide scenic views and varied wildlife. At the front of the reserve is an ancient Neolithic portal tomb, which is called Slidderyford Dolmen or Wateresk.