7-Day Guided Walking Holiday in Belfast & The Mourne Mountains

8 Day Guided Walking Tour of Northern Ireland

Walking Vacation in Northern Ireland

This 7-day guided walking tour of  Northern Ireland will take you into the streets of Belfast, follow the legends of the Gobbins Path and finish with the majestic beauty of the Mourne Mountains.

Arriving into Belfast and from here we will explore the cities recent troubled history, its industrial past and emergence into a modern energetic city.

Using Belfast as our base we will travel to walk one of the finest coastal walking experiences along the beautiful Gobbins Path.

Finally, we will travel to the Kingdom of Mourne and the fabled Mountains of Mourne where the mountains rise from sea to sky. This walking holiday covers the extraordinary landscapes and legends of Northern Ireland. Come join us!

If you’re considering other routes or destinations, take a look at our many self-guided walking tours of Ireland. Alternatively, you could join one of our small-group guided walking tours of Ireland for camaraderie and leave every detail to your guides.

Do feel free to get in touch with any queries at all. We’re always quite happy to chat about our many walking routes to help you choose the right one for you

Belfast & The Mournes Guided Walking Holiday

Prices / Dates

Price:  €1,449 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€450

Tour Dates 2024:

Sunday 30th June to Saturday 6th July

Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th September

Tour Dates 2025:

Sunday 29th June to Saturday 5th July

Sunday 31st August to Saturday 7th September

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Hotel & Guest House Accommodation

Included / Excluded

Guided Walking Itinerary for Belfast & The Mourne Mountains

Day 1 - Pickup at Dublin Airport

Departing Dublin Airport at 1 pm, we will travel north to our overnight in Belfast. On arrival in Belfast we will take a walking tour of the city for an introduction to the cities past, present and future.

Day 2 - Gobbins Path & The Titanic

In the morning, we will travel  to Island Magee and the iconic Gobbins Cliff Path. There, we will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face, across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel, traversing hidden tunnels under the Irish Sea, up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face, and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers. This is a true adventure!

In the afternoon we will return to Belfast where you will visit the Multi-award winning Titanic Visitors Centre.

Distance: 5 km/3 miles, Ascent: 250 m/820 ft

Day 3 - Carlingford Lough, The Cloughmore Stone & Alpaca Walk

In the morning, we will depart Belfast for the Mourne Mountains and the village of Rostrevor on the banks of Carlingford Lough. Our walk takes us through wooded hillsides to the summit of Slievemartin and a view of Carlingford Lough below and then onwards to the iconic Cloughmore Stone before our return to Rostrevor. 

In the afternoon we will travel along the shores of Carlingford lough to Cranfield where we will have a gentle stroll with a friendly alpaca for company. 

Distance: 6.5 km/4 miles, Ascent: 485 m/1591 ft

Day 4 - Rocky Mountain & The Mourne Wall

Today our walk takes us into the Mourne Mountains with for the most part an easy walk offering spectacular views of the Irish Sea and the contrasting mountain landscape of the Annalong Valley. We will get a closeup view of the UK's longest national monument the Mourne Wall - shaping the landscape of the Mourne Mountains for nearly 100 years.

Distance: 7 km/4.5 miles, Ascent: 525 m/1722 ft

Day 5 - St. Patrick's Trail

Today we walk one of the highlight sections of the 82 mile St. Patrick's Pilgrim Trail. We will start at Meelmore Lodge along the Trassey Road before entering Tollymore Forest - location for some of the opening scenes of Game of Thrones! Travelling along the banks of the Trassey River we rise through the forest before our descent into the  sea-side town of Newcastle

Distance: 11.5km/7 miles, Ascent: 216m/709 ft

Day 6 - Slieve Donard or Castlewellan Forest Park

Today you have a choice:

Option 1: Slieve Donard - Northern Ireland's Highest Peak - Challenging 

In the morning we will be transferred to Bloody Bridge from where we will ascent along the Bloody Bridge river to the Bog of Donard before meeting the Mourne Wall and the climb to the summit of Slieve Donard Mountain, from there we will make our descent to the saddle of the mountain and meet the Glen River which we will follow to Newcastle and a well earned ice-cream!

Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 850 m/2788 ft

Option 2: Castlewellan Forest Park & Gardens - Easy

Once we drop the climbers of Donard off we will make the short journey to the town of Castlewellan (The home of Footfalls in the north!). Our walk from here will take us into the park along Castle Avenue with Castlewellan Castle (private) in the foreground we will start with a walk into the Gardens of the Forest park, a legacy of the Annesley Family who once owned the lands. The gardens is home to some of the worlds finest trees and flowers - a the birthplace of the Gardners nightmare - The Castlewellan Gold. 

Leaving the gardens we will follow the parks lake and finish with a try to navigate Europe's largest Peace Maze before returning to the town.

Distance: 6 km/3.75miles, Ascent: 150 m/490 ft

Day 7 - Depart

Your guided tour of Belfast and the Mourne Mountains now comes to an end and we must depart after breakfast to arrive at approximately 12 pm to Dublin Airport.

A few words from our customers...

I recently returned to Ireland from Australia for a 3 month visit, I wanted to see Northern Ireland and its beautiful scenery, I love walking and so thought I would combine both, I booked with Footfalls but had never done a walking holiday before, it was the highlight of my visit home, it was an amazing tour with a great group of people and I enjoyed it very much, the tour was organised perfectly from the walks, locations, dinners and B&Bs, I have made many friends from this tour and it was a great personal goal, thanks to Christopher, Philip and his team, will plan to do more with Footfalls Walking Tours and see more of my beautiful homeland.
Pauline
Australia
Although lucky to have traveled extensively, I have never experienced either a group tour nor a hiking tour. I was invited to experience Northern Ireland with a group of women, also a first. Footfalls owners Christopher and Teresa are delightful, knowledgeable, patient, kind, and funny -- the bus, accommodations, restaurants and interactions with a large group went far and above what I could have anticipated. I recommend Footfalls for whatever kind of activity you would choose. They are flexible and take great pride in their business.
Deborah
Spain