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Walking (Mournes)

As Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, walking in the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion is possibly the best way to appreciate the breath taking landscapes. So what are you waiting for come and discover the rich folklore, flora and fauna, and historic ruins in a peace and tranquil setting.

Places To Visit

Ring of Gullion Way,

A circular walk through and ancient volcanic landscape.

Newry Canal Way,

Quiet, easy route mostly on the canal side path

Ballymoyer Woodland,

Lowland woodland paths

Slieve Gullion,

A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads

Slieve Binnian,

Fantastic circular route in the High Mournes

Lough Shannagh,

Lough Shannagh walk leads up hill on the 'Banns Road', an off road farm track. The route circles Lough Shannagh (in an anti-clockwise direction) with a high point of 587m at Carn Mountain. It also follows and crosses the Mourne Wall on places.

Mourne Way,

Through the heart of the Mourne Mountains

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails,

The Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails boast flowing singletrack and incredible views of the Mourne Mountains.

Castlewellan Forest Park, Slievenaslaat Trail,

As the black trail enters the mainly coniferous plantation, the remnants of the Moorish Tower can be viewed. There are openings in the forest with impressive vistas of the farmland on and around Slievenaboley, Legananny Mountains and Slieve Croob.

Tollymore Forest Park - Arboretum Path,

Follow the blue waymarker arrows along this trail, passing along the lower edge of the arboretum. The trail gently descends through a stand of semi-mature broad leaved trees before entering the forest plots area.

Tollymore Forest Park - River Trail,

Having descended the Azalea Walk to the Shimna River, the trail turns upstream along the attractive tree lined river bank past the Hermitage to cross the river at Parnell's Bridge. The 10 metre cascade fall is most spectacular.

Tollymore Forest Park - Mountain & Drinns Trail,

A pleasant walk through both conifer and broadleaved woodland passing the Shimna River, duckponds and several points of historical interest. The Drinns Trail is an optional loop for those wishing to have a greater challenge.

Rostrevor - Cloughmore Stone,

Walks though a woodland with steep climbs and hills in places

Newcastle Way,

A circular route taking in the diverse scenery of Co Down

Slieve Donard (via Glen River),

Slieve Donard at 850m (2,789 ft) is the highest of the Mourne Mtns. The views from the summit are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.

Bearnagh and Meelmore,

A 9km/5.5 mile circuit taking in 2 summits in the Mournes

Hawthorn Hill,

Off-road broadleaf woodland walk

Dundrum Castle Woods Trail,

Dundrum Castle Woods

Bloody Bridge,

This walk leads from the Bloody Bridge car park, south along the rocky shoreline and back with some stunning coastal views.

Hare's Gap,

Quarry track with final uphill section over rocky terrain.

Dundrum Coastal Path,

A short coastal cycle with views across Dundrum Inner Bay

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