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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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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.

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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

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Georgian Christmas

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

Marine Court Hotel

Girls Night Party Package

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

Whistledown Hotel

Two Night Summer Sizzler

To book call (028) 4175 4174
1 May 2016 - 31 Aug 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Corn Cottage

Complimentary spring visit to Mount Stewart

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

Snooze Apartments

Two's Company

To book call 028 4372 6002
Until 30 Jun 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Flax Cottage

Complimentary tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

Canal Court Hotel and Spa

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 22 Dec 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

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Wild Game Night

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

Spelga House

Craft Beer Festival W-End

To book call 07720 432 781
Until 1 May 2016
To book call (028) 4488 1222
22 Oct 2016 - 23 Oct 2016

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Seasonal Accommodation Pricing

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

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Barley Cottage

Complimentary tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

Spelga House

Spring into May at the Dam

To book call 07720 432 781
Until 22 May 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Clover Cottage

Complimentary spring visit to Mount Stewart

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Whin Cottage

Complimentary spring visit to Mount Stewart

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

Marine Court Hotel

Spring Madness

To book call (028) 9145 1100
Until 30 Jun 2016

Whistledown Hotel

Two Night Summer Sizzler

To book call (028) 4175 4174
1 May 2016 - 31 Aug 2016

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Spring into our Deal

To book call (028) 4372 1066
Until 26 May 2016
To book call (028) 4488 1222
8 Oct 2016 - 9 Oct 2016

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Georgian Christmas

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

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Murder Mystery Night

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

Spelga House

Hydrotherapy Bath at Mountain Retreat

To book call 07720 432 781
Until 30 Apr 2016

Tory Bush Cottages- No.1

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

To book call (028) 4372 4348
Until 31 Dec 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

Snooze Apartments

Girls On Tour (With a hangover cure)

To book call (028) 4372 6002
Until 30 Jun 2016

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Elm Cottage

Complimentary spring visit to Mount Stewart

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 30 Jun 2016

All offers subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

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