A woodland walk exploring Slieve Gullion Forest Park, utilising trails on the lower slopes of Slieve Gullion.
The woodland comprises oak, ash, birch, beech, sweet chestnut and horse chestnut in which was once part of the Chambre Demesne.
There are magnificent views of the Ring of Gullion mountains including Croslieve, Slievebrack and Mullaghbane Mountains from the path.
Point of interest:Walled garden and pond in the adjacent Courtyard
Nearest town:Forkhill, Meigh, Dromintee
OS map:Sheet 29
Terrain:Undulating woodland trail
Route:The walk starts and finishes in the car park adjacent to the Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
Follow an uphill path from the top left of the car park adjacent to an information panel. Keep to the left and continue straight uphill through deciduous woodland for about 750m until arriving at a forest track with a log bench on the right hand side of the path.
From this point magnificent views can be had of the Ring of Gullion Hills near Forkhill.
Keeping to the right, continue on the path back in to the woodland. The path continues for 850m, first uphill, before descending directly to the car park and start point.
These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time. Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.
Facilities:Car parking at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard. Village shops in Meigh, Drumintee and Forkhill sell supplies for taking on the walk and for having a picnic. Good food can be had in the restaurant or bar at Murphys in Meigh. The Forge Bar, Larkins and the Welcome Inn in Forkhill, Slieve Gullion Forest Park and The Three Steps in Drumintee also serve liquid refreshments.
Toilets available in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Graded off-road path, moderately steep in places both going up an down.
Accessible signage:Information panel at start indicating route.
Publication:Ring of Gullion Waymarked Way Guide.
Publication availability:Contact Newry Tourist Office 028 3031 3170, or alternatively, download available on this webpage.
Getting to the start by public transport:Bus Service No 43 from Newry passes the Forest Park entrance. See link below for Translink.
Getting to the start by car:From Newry take the Dublin Road until the Cloghoge Roundabout (2km). Travel on the B113 towards Forkhill, for approximately 5km past Meigh until the sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park on the right hand side of the road just before Drumintee. Follow the drive past the Courtyard Centre to the car park which is the start and finish of the walk (GR J042196).