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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...

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Go Down to the Woods today

When you picture Northern Ireland, you see an open landscape; a patchwork of green fields and rolling hills embracing broad loughs with heather-clad mountains in the distance. But did you know we have woodlands too?

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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.

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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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Kilkeel, County Down

Kilkeel is one of the principal fishing ports in Northern Ireland. As the boats come in, small knots of residents and caravanners with plastic bags gather at the harbour ready to strike a quick bargain before the main catch is landed.

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48 Hours in Saint Patrick's Country

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48 Hours in The Mournes

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Attractions and Activities in County Down

Special Offers - County Down

Mill Cottage

Family

To book call (028) 4461 2767
Until 30 Sep 2014

Dufferin Coaching Inn

Summer Special

To book call (028) 4482 1134
Until 31 Aug 2014

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

LA MONster's Family Break

To book call (028) 9044 8631
Until 31 Aug 2014

Berwick Hall Cottage

2 Nights Offer

To book call (028) 9261 1577
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

The Cross Square Hotel

'Real' Irish Experience

To book call (028) 3086 0505
Until 1 Oct 2014

Miller's Barn

FAMILY

To book call 028 44612767
Until 30 Sep 2014

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

1 Night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

To book call (028) 4372 1066
Until 31 Aug 2014

Canal Court Hotel

Sunday Sale

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 30 Nov 2014

Shelleven Guest House

Best Price for 2 nights Bed and Breakfast

To book call (028) 9127 1777
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Mourne Heights

Best Price for 2 nights

To book call (028) 4372 2550
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
To book call (028) 4062 5580
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

The Briers Country House

Love, Relationship & The Family Retreat (Group Retreat)

To book call (028) 4372 4347
5 Sep 2014 - 8 Sep 2014

Noeline Bed and Breakfast

Best Price for 2 nights Bed and Breakfast

To book call 028 9753 3363
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Deluxe Summer Break

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Until 30 Sep 2014
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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Ross House

Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough

To book call (028) 4173 8127
Until 31 Aug 2014

Oatlands Self Catering Lets

Best Price for 2 nights

To book call (028) 9268 2223
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Spelga House

October week-end away

To book call 07720 432781
1 Oct 2014 - 30 Oct 2014

Millbrook Lodge Hotel

LATE WEEKEND BREAK

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Until 30 Sep 2014

Ardbrae Country House

Stay 2 nights

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Until 1 Dec 2014
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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Miller's Barn

Best Price for 1 week

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Mill Cottage

Best Price for 2 nights

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Mill Cottage

Best Price for 1 week

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Miller's Barn

Best Price for 2 nights

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Number Nine

B&B with a 2 hour tour of the historic town of Downpatrick

To book call (028) 4461 3907
Until 30 Nov 2014

The Retreat Greyabbey

2 Day Relaxation Break with Dinner and Massage/Reflexology

To book call (028) 4275 8438
Until 31 Aug 2014

The Castle Apartment

Best Price for 2 nights Bed and Breakfast

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Banbridge Selfcatering Dovedale Cottage

Best Price for 2 nights

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Millbrook Lodge Hotel

SUNDAY STAY OVER

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Until 30 Sep 2014

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Get Away From It All Spa Break

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Until 30 Jun 2015

Oatlands Self Catering Lets

Best Price for 1 week

To book call (028) 9268 2223
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

The Briers Country House

Breakthrough Retreats Health & Fitness Weekend "What's your body trying to say to you?

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4 Oct 2014

Banbridge Selfcatering The Loft Cottage

Best Price for 2 nights

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
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Until 31 Dec 2014

Silverburn Mews

Best Price for 1 week

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Until 31 Dec 2014

Banbridge Selfcatering Oatfield Cottage

Best Price for 2 nights

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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Mourne Heights

Autumn Break

To book call (028) 4372 2550
20 Sep 2014 - 1 Nov 2014

Ramada Plaza Belfast

Best available with free cancellation

To book call (028) 9092 3500
Until 31 Dec 2014

Ballyrusley B&B

3 Midweek nights - 20% discount

To book call (028) 4272 9057
Until 31 Oct 2014

Silverburn Mews

Week night special

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Until 31 Dec 2014

Mourne Heights

Autumn Break

To book call (028) 4372 2550
20 Sep 2014 - 1 Nov 2014

Canal Court Hotel

Summer Family Fun

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 31 Aug 2014

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Gourmet Mini Break

To book call (028) 4372 1066
Until 31 Aug 2014

The Old Inn

Chill Out Sunday Dinner B&B

To book call (028) 9185 3255
Until 30 Nov 2014

Beach House

self guided walking

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Until 31 Aug 2014

The Old Inn

Teddy Bear's Picnic

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Until 28 Aug 2014

Seaview Guesthouse

All inclusive Golf Package

To book call (028) 4173 9143
Until 31 Dec 2014

Down Royal Park Golf Course

Junior Golf Academy

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Until 5 Aug 2014

Canal Court Hotel

Summer Family Fun

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 31 Aug 2014
To book call (028) 9044 8631
Until 30 Sep 2014

The Old Inn

Best Price One Night Dinner Bed and Breakfast Mini Break

To book call (028) 9185 3255
Until 30 Dec 2014

Mourne Heights

Best Price for 1 week

To book call (028) 4372 2550
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

Berwick Hall Cottage

7 Nights Offer

To book call (028) 9261 1577
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014

Silverburn Mews

Weekend special

To book call (028) 9146 6690
Until 31 Dec 2014

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Bed and Breakfast

To book call (028) 4372 1066
Until 31 Aug 2014

Canal Court Hotel

Luxury Spa Break

To book call (028) 3025 1234
Until 30 Nov 2014

Ballyrusley B&B

2 Midweek nights - 10% discount

To book call (028) 4272 9057
Until 31 Oct 2014

Silent Valley Cottage

Silent Valley Cottage

To book call (028) 4176 4995
Until 31 Oct 2014

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

Dinner and B&B Package

To book call (028) 4488 1222
Until 6 Aug 2014

Rayanne House

Titanic Dinner B&B

To book call (028) 9042 5859
Until 1 Jan 2015

Spinkwee Cottage

Five Star Offer for a Five or More Night Stay

To book call (028) 4372 5048
Until 30 Sep 2014
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Until 31 Dec 2014

Banbridge Selfcatering Oatfield Cottage

Brancott Estate Sauv - Blanc

To book call (028) 4062 5580
6 Sep 2014 - 28 Nov 2014

The Briers Country House

Love, Relationship & The Family Retreat (Group Retreat)

To book call (028) 4372 4347
14 Nov 2014 - 17 Nov 2014

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

1 Night Family LA MONster's break

To book call (028) 9044 8631
Until 30 Jun 2015
To book call (028) 4062 5580
6 Sep 2014 - 28 Nov 2014

Banbridge Selfcatering Oatfield Cottage

Last Minute Family Break

To book call (028) 4062 5580
9 Aug 2014 - 15 Aug 2014

Millbrook Lodge Hotel

EARLY WEEK-END GET-A-WAY

To book call (028) 97562828
Until 30 Sep 2014

Mill Cottage

Golf break

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1 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
To book call (028) 3086 0505
Until 30 Sep 2014

38 Main Street

Recession Buster

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Until 31 Aug 2014
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6 Sep 2014 - 28 Nov 2014
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1 Sep 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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