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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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    Belfast City & Greater Belfast

    Belfast is a thriving, vibrant and creative city, which offers visitors a multitude of stylish bars, gourmet restaurants and trendy clubs.

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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

    From pristine beaches of golden sand caressed by lapping waves to soaring sea cliffs thrusting from the pounding surf.


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...


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!


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

Whistledown Hotel

Lazy Sunday, Duvet Monday

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 28 May 2017

Enniskeen Country House Hotel

Relax and Savour Mini Break

To book call (028) 4372 2392
24 Mar 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
To book call (028) 9261 1923
Until 4 Mar 2017

Denvir's Coaching Inn

Stay and Play

To book call (028) 4461 2012
Until 30 Apr 2017

The Portaferry Hotel

Stay and Play

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

Kilmorey Arms Hotel

Phew It's The Weekend

To book call (028) 4176 2220
Until 7 Jul 2019

Whistledown Hotel

2 Night Spring Blitz

To book call (028) 4175 4174
Until 31 Mar 2017


Shearwater eco - tours

To book call
Until 1 Apr 2017

Kilmorey Arms Hotel

Discover the Mournes- Midweek Break

To book call (028) 4176 2220
Until 22 Dec 2018

Spelga House

Spring Break

To book call 07720 432 781
24 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017

The Portaferry Hotel

County Down Lough & Links Golf Break

To book call (028) 4272 8231
Until 28 Feb 2017
To book call (028) 9261 1923
Until 5 Mar 2017

All offers subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Activities in the region

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