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South Down & the Mourne Mountains

Getting there & away

In July and August only, the Ulsterbus 405 Mourne Rambler service runs a circular route from Newcastle, calling at a dozen stops around the Mournes, including Bryansford (8 minutes), Meelmore (17 minutes), Silent Valley (40 minutes), Carrick Little (45 minutes) and Bloody Bridge (one hour). There are six buses daily – the first leaves at 9.30am, the last at 4.30pm; a £4 all-day ticket allows you to get on and off as many times as you like.

Bus 34A (July and August only) runs from Newcastle to the Silent Valley car park (30 minutes, four daily Monday to Friday, three Saturday, two Sunday), calling at Donard Park (five minutes) and Bloody Bridge (10 minutes).