Slieve Croob and Windy Gap Viewpoint/ Picnic Areas

Walking Route
Slieve Croob or, 'Mountain of the Hoof' rises to a height of 1,755 feet, its chief claim to fame being the source of the River Lagan which rises a short distance from the summit. Superior views of the high Mournes are to be seen from the summit, but the best view point is from Windy Gap.

A walk, taking in Slieve Croob (The Twelve Cairns), part of the Dromara hills, starts at the Dree Hill car park (J300453). Leave car park and turn right onto Dree Hill road, follow the road down to Finnis. At Finnis take the road on the right - Drin Road. Follow this for about 1.5km (1 mile) and opposite No. 66 take the concrete lane on the right - known as ‘The Pass Loaning.’ This gives access to the northern slopes of Slieve Croob. On the hill follow waymarkers. On meeting the surfaced Transmitter Road either turn left to enjoy the view from the summit or right to return back to the car park.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Open all year round.


Admission is free.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

From Banbridge: follow the A50 in the direction of Castlewellan as far as Moneyslane. At Moneyslane take the B7 road, on left ,signposted for Dromara and continue along for approximately 4.5 miles. Take road on right, Finnis Road (signposted for Slieve Croob Inn). Take 2nd road on left, the Dree Hill Road; car park will be seen after a short distance on right.
From North /Dromara: take B7 to Finnis. At Finnis leave B7 and drive over small bridge (over River Lagan) and pass Massford Close housing development – ignoring road on left. The Dree Hill Road climbs steeply and becomes single track higher up as the land opens up into moorland. Look out for car park on left, near junction of this road with Finnis/Clonvaraghan Road.
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