Shepherd Lodge

Shepherd's Lodge is situated in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains at the very edge of Donard Wood at Newcastle, Co Down and overlooking Dundrum Bay.

The Lodge and surrounding areas are ideal for residential and team building activities as well as hill walking, camp craft, bouldering, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking , rock climbing and abseiling for groups using their own leaders or engaging skilled leaders through BB House or Ganaway.

Shepherd's Lodge is owned by the Belfast Battalion of The Boys' Brigade and is available to non-BB youth groups and schools as well as BB units.
In managing the centre The Boys' Brigade seek to provide a neutral and non-threatening environment and to encourage the development of responsible citizenship by facilitating activities to enhance self-awareness, self-esteem and an awareness of and respect for different cultures and beliefs.

Get there through Newcastle, past Donard Car Park, following the route to Greenhill YMCA. At the latter, take the left fork and keep the caravan park on the right. Shepherd's Lodge is the very last building on the track. Sign posts will guide you along the way!

Facilities include;
Kitchen, dining room, 2 Lounge rooms one with working fire
TV + DVD player.
Games Room with Snooker and table tennis table and table football
Disabled toilet and shower
Ironing Facilities
Outside fire Pit
Dogs Welcome Outside
Parking Available


Rooms and Units
1 x Room for 4 sharing (sleeps 4)
2 x Room for 6 sharing (sleeps 6)
1 x Room for sharing (sleeps 8)

Premises listed within this site are inspected every four years to ensure compliance with the relevant tourism legislation. Properties who are star graded are assessed on an annual basis.

Standard price:

Price £15 per person per night (min 5 people)

Getting to the start by car:

Once in Newcastle, head to towards Donard Car Park, following the route to Greenhill YMCA.
As you get to the YMCA, take the left fork and keep heading up the road. You will pass two houses, pass through a gate and Shepherd's Lodge is the very last building on the track.
Sign posts will guide you along the way!

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Dogs Welcome Outside
  • Parking Available
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