A breathtaking view of the Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic in Northern Ireland, but you don’t have to climb the highest peaks to experience their majestic beauty. 

Beautiful and spectacular scenery can be enjoyed from the foothills along short and gentle trails with lots of stunning forest parks, coastal views and impressive gardens.


Hikes with awesome views.

The Mournes are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks, providing enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. Pack your maps, these walks are for those with confidence in navigation. 

Slieve Donard, Newcastle - (2.9 miles each way)

 

Expect extensive views from the top of Northern Ireland’s highest summit (850m (2,789 ft) as it sweeps down to the sea opening up views from Newcastle to the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland.

Slieve Binnian, Carrick Little – (7 miles circular)

This fantastic circular walking route begins at Carrick Little Car Park and follows the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Binnian (the 3rd highest peak at 747m). It then traverses between the spectacular South and North Tors before descending along a track past the Blue Lough, and Annalong Forest.

Bearnagh and Meelmore, Trassey – (6 miles circular)

A strenuous walk this route takes in the peaks of Slieve Bearnagh (one of the most distinctive mountains in the Mournes, renowned for the granite tors on its summit (739m)) and Slieve Meelmore (704m), finishing by walking down Happy Valley and along a section of the Ulster Way.

 

Family fun walks

The kids will love the freedom of the Forest Parks with lots of places to hide and seek and forest trails to explore as well unique nature play areas and plenty of picnic spots. 

The Giant’s Lair, Slieve Gullion Forest Park – (1 mile circular)

A magical living storybook is brought to life along this mile-long trail intertwined with fairy houses and arts features creating a childhood land with dragons, giants and fairies.  

Tollymore Forest Park, Tollymore – (0.4 – 5.5 mile circular options)

Featuring a giant timber Fallow Deer, castle turret, and folly tower all connected through a series of rope-bridges, tunnels, spider webs, basket swings and slide the ‘Big Deer’ is sure to keep the kids entertained. Parents can sit back, admire the views and enjoy a picnic at the Deer tables before enjoying the four walk trails throughout the forest park.

Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan  - (2.2 – 3.1 mile circular options)

Located beside one of the world’s largest hedge mazes, ‘Animal Wood’ provides lots of opportunities for playing on wild woodland animals including a badger and its den, a red squirrel and a giant spider.  Home to a fully signposted 7.5 mile walk trail network featuring breath-taking views to the Mourne Mountains families will particularly enjoy the flat, circular lakeside walk where the kids can cycle alongside Mum and Dad. 

 

Walks to enjoy together

Immerse yourself in nature, stumble upon historic ruins, take in the tallest trees and discover hidden lakes and secret spots on these fabulous walking trails.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Newcastle– (2.5 miles circular)

A fragile 6,000-year-old sand dune system owned by the National Trust, Murlough Nature Reserve provides romantic views of the Mournes along 2.5 miles of boardwalk through sandy dunes leading to the sweeping beach shores.   

Cloughmore Stone, Rostrevor – (0.4 miles each way)

CS Lewis’s idea of Narnia, it is easy to see why on this short uphill walk to the breath-taking view point over Carlingford Lough. 

Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan – (2.2 – 3.1 mile circular options)

Home to an impressive mile-long lake, Scottish Baronial Castle, and some of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe there is plenty to discover in Castlewellan Forest Park. Be sure to visit the forest parks best kept secret, the Annesley Gardens and don’t be surprised if you are the only ones discovering the many secluded spots in this hauntingly beautiful garden and arboretum.  

Tollymore Forest Park, Tollymore – (0.4 – 5.5 mile circular options)

Covering an area of 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, the walk trails feature many curiosities including rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.  Be sure to look out for the Hermitage a small stone shelter designed by James Hamilton in the 1770s and originally used as a place for ladies to shelter while the men fished and the famous stepping stones which make for a great photograph.

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