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Top Choice Forest in Mourne Mountains

Tollymore Forest Park

This scenic forest park, 3km west of Newcastle, offers lovely walks and bike rides along the River Shimna and across the Mournes' northern slopes. Victorian follies include the church-like Clanbrassil Barn, as well …
Forest in Mourne Mountains

Castlewellan Forest Park

Castlewellan Forest Park offers gentle walks around the castle grounds, one of the world's largest hedge mazes, the Peace Maze (entry free), and, from March to October, trout fishing in its lovely lake (three-day li…
Landmark in Mourne Mountains

Mourne Wall

The spectacular drystone Mourne Wall marches across the summits of 15 surrounding peaks, including the highest, Slieve Donard (853m). You can walk the 2m-high, 1m-thick, 35km-long wall's entire length, or just a sho…
Lake in Mourne Mountains

Silent Valley Reservoir

At the heart of the Mournes is the beautiful Silent Valley Reservoir, where the River Kilkeel, which supplies Belfast and County Down with water, was dammed in 1933. There are scenic, waymarked walks around the grou…
Sports in Mourne Mountains

Mourne International Walking Festival

This three-day festival is a great opportunity for glorious mountain walks, with guided hikes ranging from 9km to 20km.