Northern Ireland – Walking Short Break in the Mournes – 4 Days
The Mourne Mountain range is an area of superior raw beauty, situated in some of the most scenic mountains in Ireland and home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain. The mountain area remains uninhabited, conserving this unspoiled wilderness. You will also find huge diversity of wildlife and plant life and an abundance of heritage, legends and myths.
DAY 1 DEPART WICKLOW/DUBLIN FOR NEWCASTLE, CO. DOWN
Leave Wicklow 18.00 hrs for Newcastle. You can walk through town on the promenade, walking by the Percy French memorial fountain. You may visit the many shops and pubs in town, or just relax on the sandy beach.
DAY 2 SLIEVE DONARD Distance: 12km, Ascent: 843 m, Walking time: 3 hrs
The walk starts at Bloody Bridge. We will follow the Bloody Bridge Rive up past Crannoge to the famous Mourne Wall. We will now follow the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Donard. Here we have stunning views over Newcastle, the Irish Coastline, the Silent Valley. We will meet the Glen River Path to Donard Forest then to one of the local establishments for a well deserved drink.
DAY 3 THE TRASSEY TRACK & THE HARE’S GAP Distance: 13 km, Ascent: 650 m, Walking Time 3.5 hrs
Our trail for day 3 comes out at the Hare’s Gap, where we will once again meet the Mourne Wall and follow it to summit Slieve Bearnagh. This is a outstanding place to stop for lunch, sit back and enjoy the incredible beauty. Our descent takes us to the Col between Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg, then to Meelmore Lodge.
DAY 4 CASTLEWELLAN FOREST PARK & PEACE MAZE
After breakfast you will have an hour or so to do some shopping, exploring or simply relaxing before we leave Newcastle. We will stop at the Castlewellan Forest Park and do some easy walking around the castle. We will also visit and the amazing Peace Maze. Depart for home approximately 15.00hrs
Tour Pricing & Dates
4 Day Tour – €225pps
Single Supplement – +€105
Dates – March to October
Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation – B&B
- All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite/private bathroom.
- 3 Nights B&B (2 nights for September tour)
- All transport to include: Pickup and Return from Wicklow or en route to Newcastle
- All transport to and from walks
- Entry Fees to Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze
Additional services available
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals