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County Down

The towns and villages of Mourne country are exciting destinations in their own right, also good bases for discovering the magic of the mountains. Popular resort Newcastle, where Slieve Donard really does 'sweep down to the sea' offers family fun, plus the bonus of mountains and championship golf (Royal County Down) on your doorstep.

Nearby Bryansford and Tollymore are centres for outdoor adventure - from the sublime to the extreme. There is pony-trekking, bouldering, canoeing, abseiling, hillwalking and even Ireland's only mountainboarding facility!  Both Tollymore and Castlewellan have outstanding forest parks.  Silent Valley, inland from restored harbour hamlet, Annalong, is another gem.  Big plans are afoot for the Mourne area - soon to be designated a National Park.

Round the rocky coast, past busy fishing port Kilkeel, to Victorian Rostrevor. Its park begins as manicured lawns, but as you climb it becomes an arboretum, river walk and finally a mountain trail offering views across Carlingford Lough.   Blue Flag Cranfield Beach  is also nearby.

Located in the Gap of the North, Newry is an excellent shopping city and the Newry and Mourne Museum is also well worth a visit.

 

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    Mourne Mountains

    Fifteen miles long and eight miles wide, with a dozen of the sixty or so individual summits rising above 2,000ft

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    Strangford Lough

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Top Picks - County Down

County Down offers a perfect blend of history, culture, scenic attractions and plenty of things to do...

48 Hours St Patrick

48 Hours in Saint Patrick's Country

1500 years to make, 48 hours to discover. what an amazing break...

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Blue Lough, County Down

This walk provides an easy introduction to the Mountains of Mourne giving a mountain atmosphere whilst following gentle gradients and making use of distinct tracks and pathways.

Mountain Biking

48 Hours in The Mournes

Spend two days really getting the flavour of the Mournes... but, be warned - you'll be drawn back!

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Slieve Croob, County Down

Start this walk at the Dree Hill car park. Leave the car park and turn right onto Dree Hill road, follow the road down to Finnis.

Downpatrick High Cross

Saving the Downpatrick High Cross

Learn about the Downpatrick High Cross, a replica of which was installed in the grounds of Down Cathedral in April 2014.

Attractions and Activities in County Down

Special Offers - County Down

Noeline Bed and Breakfast

Experiential Offer

To book call (028) 9753 3363
Until 31 Aug 2016

Birch Eco Cottage

Basket Making Craft Experience

To book call (028) 4065 0273
9 Sep 2016 - 11 Sep 2016

Shoreline at Mount Stewart

Double Room - Special Offer Rates

To book call (028) 4278 8800
Until 2 Oct 2016

Whistledown Hotel

Weekend Two Night Summer Sizzler

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Aug 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Fruits of the Lough – Fish and Flora

To book call (028) 4488 1222
24 Sep 2016 - 25 Sep 2016

Canal Court Hotel and Spa

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 22 Dec 2016
To book call (028) 4488 1222
22 Oct 2016 - 23 Oct 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Whin Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

The Haven

Mid Week

To book call 07742 492415
Until 31 Dec 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Murder Mystery Night

To book call (028) 4488 1222
19 Nov 2016 - 20 Nov 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Georgian Christmas

To book call (028) 4488 1222
17 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Elm Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Tory Bush Cottages- No.9 - Eco-Loft

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

To book call (028) 4372 4348
Until 31 Dec 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Flax Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Tory Bush Cottages- No.1

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

To book call (028) 4372 4348
Until 31 Dec 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Brooks Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Whistledown Hotel

Autumn Blitz

To book call (028) 4175 4174
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

The Portaferry Hotel

Stay and Play

To book call (028) 4272 8231
Until 28 Feb 2017

St Patrick's Golf Club

Stay and Play

To book call (028) 4461 5947
Until 31 Dec 2016

Denvir's Coaching Inn

Stay and Play

To book call (028) 4461 2012
Until 31 Dec 2016

The Jays

Late Availability

To book call (028) 9079 1963
27 Aug 2016 - 1 Sep 2016
To book call (028) 4277 1233
Until 28 Feb 2017

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Corn Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Seasonal Accommodation Pricing

To book call +44(0)28 4372 2158
Until 31 Dec 2016

Lisnacurran Country House

Book to Stay Saturday and Sunday Night and get Sunday 1/2 price

To book call (028) 9269 8710
10 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016

Lisnacurran Country House B&B

Book Saturday and Sunday Night, Get Sunday Night Half Price

To book call (028) 9269 8710
10 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Clover Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Georgian Christmas

To book call (028) 4488 1222
10 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016

Marine Court Hotel

Girls Night Party Package

To book call (028) 9145 1100
Until 17 Dec 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Wild Game Night

To book call (028) 4488 1222
5 Nov 2016 - 6 Nov 2016

Spelga House

Wild About Walking W-Ends

To book call 07720 432 781
30 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
To book call (028) 4488 1222
8 Oct 2016 - 9 Oct 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Barley Cottage

Food & Drink Autumn Offer

To book call (028) 4278 8488
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Whistledown Hotel

Week Day Two Night Summer Sizzler

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Aug 2016

Shoreline at Mount Stewart

Triple Room - Special Offer Rates

To book call (028) 4278 8800
Until 2 Oct 2016

Birch Eco Cottage

Autumn Organic Hamper

To book call (028) 4065 0273
Until 30 Sep 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Fruits of the Lough – Fish and Flora

To book call (028) 4488 1222
17 Sep 2016 - 18 Sep 2016

All offers subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Activities in the region

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