Join Jonathan Swift, Dick Turpin, Peter the Great, Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, former US president George H. W. Bush, and C. S. Lewis and holiday in County Down – the Old Inn in Crawfordsburn, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs (records date back to 1614, yet it predates Donaghadee's Grace Neill's in 1611) claims to have the above people stay there.
Bordering County Antrim and therefore part of Belfast city, County Down offers caravaners plenty of opportunities to shop in both Belfast and Newry and the Newry and Mourne Museum is also well worth a visit. Snuggled between Rathfriland and Banbridge caravaners will find an area of land known as the Brontë Homeland, as Patrick Brontë , father of Anne, Charlotte, Emily and Branwell was not only born in the region but also has his famous church.
The awe inspiring granite Mourne Mountains in Down continue to be renowned for their beauty and at fifteen miles long and eight mile wide, with at least a dozen if the sixty summits being above 2,000 feet high, there’s plenty of walking, hiking, mountain biking for caravaners visiting the area to do. Further down there’s also the oppurity to try pony-trekking, bouldering, canoeing, abseiling, hill walking and even Ireland's only mountainboarding facility at Bryansford and Tollymore.
Caravaners should explore the county coastline along Belfast Lough to the north and Carlingford Lough to the south, making sure to stop off at Kilkeel. As the boats come in to Kilkeel harbour, its a regular sight to see small groups of residents and caravaners with plastic bags gather ready to strike a quick bargain before the main catch is landed.