Mourne Country Adventure
Not just one centre of attraction, but many ...
The towns and villages of Mourne country are exciting destinations in their own right. A good base for discovering the magic of the Mourne Mountains is the popular resort of Newcastle, where Slieve Donard really does 'sweep down to the sea'. Newcastle offers family fun, picturesque surroundings of mountain and beach and of course the Championship golf course Royal County Down.
Natural environment and stunning scenery are not the only features of Newcastle. The town has recently been redeveloped and refurbished. It has so much to offer its visitors, whether for specialist activity or for all round family holidays, Newcastle is renowned for the variety of visitor accommodation from family run guest houses and bed and breakfasts to top class hotels and high quality self catering properties.
When it comes to mountain biking the Mournes has it all boasting two national mountain biking centres. Both offering something different the Castlewellan and Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/mountainbiking/ are a must. The Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/mountainbiking/ with one of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views and flowing singletrack are a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Mountain biking isn’t the only thing to do in Castlewellan Forest Park however. You can chill out with relaxing walks around the lake. Next level up, have a go at horse riding with Mount Pleasant Trekking and Horse Riding Centre http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Mount-Pleasant-Trekking-And-Horse-Riding-Centre-Castlewellan-P1741 who offer guided treks; one hour rides through the park. Finally at the top of the adventure scale come Life http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Life-Adventure-Centre-P16636, this multi activity centre offer bouldering, canoeing, kayaking, climbing walls, archery, laser clay pigeon shooting and more much. Only 18 miles away on the on the other side of the Mournes by the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/mountainbiking/ offer challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible panoramic views and exhilarating singletrack descents. If you want variety, Rostrevor is also home to East Coast Adventure Centre http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/East-Coast-Adventure-Centre-P1937 , their watersports centre in nearby Warrenpoint offers banana boating, kayaking and pier jumping. If you still can’t get enough fun on two wheels, then check out the Mountain Bike Skills Course at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Tollymore-National-Outdoor-Centre-Newcastle-P1978 which is also home to an impressive high ropes course and many other activities.
The picturesque and tranquil Silent Valley acts as a gateway to the upper Mournes and is a walkers' paradise. Towns in the Mourne area such as Annalong, Kilkeel and Rostrevor all have their own story to tell and are waiting to be explored. If you enjoy shopping, the city of Newry is well worth a visit too, with its many attractions and museums. With beautiful scenery and blue flag beaches the Mourne Area has a lot to offer.