Northern Ireland, Co Down
“Murlough National Nature Reserve has one of the loveliest sand dunes and shorelines in the UK,” says Matthew. “And nearby Castle Ward on the entrance to Strangford Lough is superb for wildlife excursions.” Water lovers should try the Dead Men’s Tales Lough Tour (4 and 18 August), a boat trip around Strangford uncovering its murky smuggling history.
£7.30 adult, £3.65 child, £18.25 family. Lough tours: adults £17, children £12.