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County Down is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. The county is situated between the sea inlets of Belfast Lough and Carlingford Lough. It is bounded on the east by the Irish Sea. Strangford Lough is located within the county boundaries. The county of Down has an area of 2,466 square kilometers (952 sq miles) although the county is only about 50 miles long its coastline amounts to about 200 miles. In the west, it extends to the Southeast corner of Lough Neagh, Ireland's largest lake.

County Down is famed for The Mountains of Mourne depicted on the right.

Much of the county of Down is a low flat area. A feature of the landscape is the clusters of small egg shaped hills called drumlins. In the centre of the county, the mountains of Slieve Croob rise to a height of 534 meters (1751 ft) above sea level.


Mourne Mountains  
Dundrum town and castle.