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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

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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

Spelga House

The Irish Open

To book call 07720 432 781
27 May 2015 - 1 Jun 2015

Hillyard House

Gran Fondo Offer

To book call (028) 4377 1999
5 Jun 2015 - 25 Jun 2015
To book call (028) 4482 1134
24 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Clover Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

Whistledown Hotel

March Fridays and Sasturdays

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Mar 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Corn Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

Whistledown Hotel

Golden Years Package

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Mar 2015

Enniskeen Country House Hotel

Relax and Savour Mini Break

To book call (028) 4372 2392
13 Mar 2015 - 31 May 2015

Spelga House

Cycling's Grand Fondo

To book call 07720 432 781
19 Jun 2015 - 22 Jun 2015

The Mourne Lodge, Cnocnafeola

An Irish Open Special at The Mourne Lodge

To book call (028) 4176 5859
27 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

Spelga House

7 nights for price of 5

To book call 07720 432 781
10 Apr 2015 - 16 Jul 2015
To book call (028) 9263 8025
Until 26 Mar 2015
To book call (07873) 290 504
Until 30 Apr 2015
To book call (028) 4461 2767
Until 31 Mar 2015

Mill Cottage

Golf break

To book call (028) 4461 2767
Until 31 Mar 2015

Whistledown Hotel

Lazy Sunday or Duvet Monday

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 29 Mar 2015

The Hill Cottage

St Patrick,s Day

To book call (028) 4482 8245
16 Mar 2015 - 18 Mar 2015

The Cottage Schoolhouse

Golf/Irish Open

To book call (028) 4488 1185
27 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Brooks Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

The Castle Apartment

5 night stay

To book call (07879) 333 261
Until 19 Dec 2015

Lough Cowey Villa

One week special Irish Open Offer

To book call (028) 4272 8263
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

The Castle Apartment

Golf Irish Open

To book call (07879) 333 261
24 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Dinner B&B plus a bottle of wine

To book call (028) 4488 1222
Until 31 Mar 2015

Waring Bank

Midweek 3 for 2

To book call (028) 4173 8065
Until 31 Mar 2015

Dufferin Coaching Inn

2015 Spring Offer

To book call (028) 4482 1134
Until 31 Mar 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Flax Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

Merrion Mews

The Irish Open

To book call (014) 7184 4435
25 May 2015 - 1 Jun 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Elm Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

7 The Carriages

St. Patrick's Day

To book call (028) 4372 2077
15 Mar 2015 - 19 Mar 2015

Magara

May Weekend

To book call (028) 9146 9718
1 May 2015 - 5 May 2015

The Cross Square Hotel

'Real' Irish Experience

To book call (028) 3086 0505
Until 31 Mar 2015

Lough Cowey Lodge

Lough Cowey Lodge Irish Open Special Offer

To book call (028) 4272 8263
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

The Cottage Schoolhouse

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

To book call (028) 4488 1185
13 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Barley Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount.Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

Whistledown Hotel

March Madness

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Mar 2015
To book call (028) 4372 2392
13 Mar 2015 - 8 Nov 2015

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

1 Night Family LA MONster's break

To book call (028) 9044 8631
Until 30 Jun 2015

Spelga House

St Patricks Day

To book call 07720 432 781
13 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015
To book call (028) 9263 9213
27 May 2015 - 1 Jun 2015

The Mourne Lodge, Cnocnafeola

A Mourne Golf Special

To book call (028) 4176 5859
6 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2015

Nutgrove House

Irish Open Golfing Special

To book call (028) 4481 1566
27 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
To book call (07873) 290 504
Until 30 Apr 2015

Whistledown Hotel

Relax and Unwind Package

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Mar 2015
To book call (028) 3086 0505
Until 31 Mar 2015

The Castle Apartment

7 night stay

To book call (07879) 333 261
Until 19 Dec 2015

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Get Away From It All Spa Break

To book call (028) 9044 8631
Until 30 Jun 2015

Culloden Estate and Spa

Enjoy the Tall Ships from your suite

To book call (028) 9042 1066
2 Jul 2015 - 5 Jul 2015

Number Nine

Spring Special

To book call (028) 4461 3907
Until 30 Apr 2015

Enniskeen Country House Hotel

Relish Free Time Three Night Special

To book call (028) 4372 2392
13 Mar 2015 - 8 Nov 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Elm Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

The Cottage Schoolhouse

Game of Throne Breaks

To book call (028) 4488 1185
Until 31 Aug 2015

Lough Cowey Villa

3 night special Irish Open Offer

To book call (028) 4272 8263
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
To book call (07879) 333 261
20 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2016

Magara

St Patrick Weekend

To book call (028) 9146 9718
13 Mar 2015 - 16 Mar 2015

Spelga House

Weekend Spring Getaway: Top of The Mournes

To book call 07720 432 781
Until 26 Apr 2015

Enniskeen Country House Hotel

Mourne Food Cycle Trail 2 Night Special

To book call (028) 4372 2392
13 Mar 2015 - 25 May 2015

Waring Bank

Bikers' Break (midweek)

To book call (028) 4173 8065
Until 31 Mar 2015

Barnwell Farm Cottages- Whin Cottage

Spring Complimentary Tickets for Mount Stewart Gardens

To book call (028) 4278 8488
Until 25 Jun 2015

Apple Tree Cottage

Irish Golf Open 2015

To book call (028) 3085 1124
Until 31 May 2015

All offers subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

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