A moderate circular walk in the High Mournes, summiting two of the seven highest peaks in the region, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg.
Point of interest:Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, Fofanny Dam, the Mourne Wall
Getting to the start by public transport:Ott car park is a stop on the Mourne Rambler bus route, please see the link on this page for timetable details.
Getting to the start by car:The walk starts at Ott car park. To get here follow the Kilkeel Road out of Hilltown for 7 km, turn left at the junction with Slievenaman Road and continue for 1.5 km, Ott car park is on the left hand side.
Terrain:Unsurfaced tracks, mountain path
Route:Cross the obvious stile on the opposite side of the road from Ott car park. After 150m the stony track splits in two - take the upper path and continue along the obvious track ascending to the col between Slieve Loughshannagh and Carn Mountain where you will meet the Mourne Wall. At the wall turn left and follow the Mourne Wall up the summits of Slieve Loughshannagh (619m) and Slieve Meelbeg (708m), up to the summit of Slieve Meelmore (687m). Retrace your steps 300m back down Slieve Meelmore to the wall intersection and descend into the valley using the right hand wall at this intersection. Continue to where the wall meets a walking track and river and follow the river downstream, following the walking trails on either side. At the bottom of the valley pick up the Ulster Way, before reaching a pocket of evergreen woodland, follow this in a south westerly direction passing Fofanny Dam after 750m. The Ulster Way emerges onto the Slievenaman Road. Turn left and continue for 800m along the road back to Ott car park.
Facilities:Car park and picnic facilities available at Ott car park.