Walking Hiking

Mourne Mountains – 8 Day

  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland
  • Guided walking tour northern Ireland

Mourne Mountains – 8 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

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.


Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €637 per person sharing
Single Supplement €350
Tour Dates  1st of April to 31st October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse & B&Bs




Day 1 / Castlewellan

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.

Day 2 / Castlewellan to Dundrum Village

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

Day 3 / Dundrum to Newcastle

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

Day 4 / Rest day in Newcastle

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.

Day 5 / Newcastle to Happy Valley

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

Day 6 / Happy Valley to Leitrim Lodge

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

Day 7 / Leitrim Lodge to Rostrevor

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

Day 8 / Departure

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. 


  • 7 nights B&B and full breakfast All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses & B&Bs with all rooms en-suite
  • All Maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details of restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Castlewellan, and back at the end of the tour from Rostrevor.
  • Full backup service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed Lunches
  • Evening Meals


  • Hi Christopher,

    Thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and very much appreciated the lovely relaxed pace and all the stories and information and the fun. Thanks to Teresa also for taking us to Avondale and to the grandchildren for their patience. Truly a memorable experience.
    Terence and Eleanor
    A Day Walk on Trooperstown & the Vale of Clara
  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!


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