Mourne Mountains – 8 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour

8 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour Mourne Mountains

This 8-day self-guided walking tour takes you along the foothills of the Mourne Mountains from the market town of Castlewellan to the shores of Dundrum Bay and through the seaside town of Newcastle. You will walk along forest trails and mountain paths through the beautiful Mourne Mountains, along the Mourne Way by the banks of the Kilbroney River to ‘Enchanting’ Rostrevor and stunning Carlingford Lough.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €637 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates: 1 April to 31 October

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse & B&Bs

Included / Excluded

You will arrive in the small County Down market town of Castlewellan, famed for its market square, wide chestnut tree lined wide streets and adjoining castle and forest park.

You will begin your self-guided walk today in the 350 acres Castlewellan Forest Park. With Castlewellan lake at its heart and the 19th-century Scottish baron influenced castle, Castlewellan Forest Park also boasts one of the world’s largest peace mazes.

In the afternoon, you will meander along country roads and farm tracks to the peaceful and charming village of Maghera to your overnight accommodation in Dundrum Village.

Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Ascent: 270 m / 885 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours


Today you will begin your walk in the seaside village of Dundrum and its 13th century Norman castle.  You will enjoy majestic views of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains. Through the village, you will stroll to the shores of Dundrum Bay and continue walking to the Murlough National Nature Reserve and its 6000-year-old sand dune system. Your walking trail will take you along the beaches of Dundrum Bay to the seaside town of Newcastle where you will stay overnight. 

Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles, Ascent: 100 m / 328 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Distance: 19.84 Km / 12.4 miles; Ascent: 588 m / 1764 ft; Descent: 655 m / 1965; Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours

Newcastle is a seaside town in the shadows of Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak. It is home to the world-famous Royal County Down Golf Course and its granite promenade stretches the full length of the town. Here you can spend the day relaxing by the sea in one of the UK's last remaining natural rock pools and enjoy the glory of the surroundings or if the weather is right you can attempt to climb Slieve Donard rising 850 m from the sea.

From your accommodation in Newcastle, you will make your way to The Game of Thrones ‘Haunted Woods’ of Tollymore forest along the banks of the Shimna River and through Tipperary Wood. You will walk along the south bank of Tollymore Forest on the slopes of Slieve Commedagh to the banks of the Spinkwee River and will now join the Trassey track to finish in Happy Valley between Slieve Meelmore & Slive Meelbeg.

Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles, Ascent: 250 m / 820 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Setting off from Happy Valley today, you will continue around the North-West base of Slieve Meelbeg past Fofanny reservoir. Your walking trail will then take you through Spelga Pass and over Butter Mountain, the highest point on the walking trail at 500 m. Following the Rowan Tree River & Rocky River, you will descent to Leitrim Lodge and your accommodation in Hilltown.

Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles, Ascent: 500 m / 1640 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

On your final day of walking in the Mourne Mountains, you will follow a mixture of country and forest tracks. Firstly, you will walk along the base of Altaggart Mountain and, after a brief climb on the slopes of Tievedockaragh, you will descend into Rostrevor Forest and into the Kilbroney River Valley passing the 6th Century convent of St. Bronagh. Finally to the shores of Carlingford Lough and into Rostrevor where you will stay overnight. 

Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles, Ascent: 200 m / 656 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

After a hearty breakfast, the tour comes to an end and it's time to depart for home.

We will supply you with all the travel details for your onward journey. 

A few words from our customers...

Thank you Footfalls Walking Holidays for a fantastic 6 days walking the Causeway Coast and in the Mourne Mountains. My guide Philip was excellent as was the variety and length of the walks, accommodation and food. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the walks particularly the section from Carrick-a-rede rope bridge to the Giants Causeway. I appreciate all of the thought and work that went into preparing my week of walking.
Just returned from a wonderful weeks walking in the Mourne Mountains. The scenery was pure magic, something I will never forget. We loved the atmosphere of the small villages and towns. If we were to fault anything it would be the half day of gentle rain that we had. Would definitely recommend Footfalls and we will be back!!
Arthur & Wilma