The Mournes – Walking Short Break
Walking Short Break in The Mournes
The Mourne Mountains are an area of outstanding natural beauty, situated in some of the most picturesque mountain districts in Ireland and home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard, rising to 850 m. /2550 ft. A gentle and graceful granite domed and heather covered mountains range that has 12 peaks grouped together and covering an area of approximately 12 km/7.5 miles. The mountain area remains unpopulated and without roads, preserving the quality of this unspoiled wilderness. You will also find a huge variety of flora and fauna and a wealth of heritage, myths and legends.
Oh, Mary, this London’s a wonderful sight
With people here working by day and by night
They don’t sow potatoes, nor barley nor wheat
But there’ gangs of them digging for gold in the streets
At least when I asked them that’s what I was told
So I just took a hand at this diggin’ for gold
But for all that I found there, I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.
William Percy French, 1854-1920
Tour Pricing & Dates
|3 Day Tour||€240 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates 2020||April 3rd – 5th
(Other dates available on request)
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Depart Wicklow/Dublin for Newcastle, Co. Down
Depart Wicklow/Bray at 18.00hrs for Newcastle; driving time is approximately 2.5hrs, depending on traffic. An Caisleán Nua “The NewNewcastle” sheltering at the foot of Slieve Donard, divided by the Shimna River and lying on the edge of the Irish Sea. You can walk from one end of town to the other along the promenade, passing the Percy French memorial fountain; visit the many shops and pubs that are in the town, or simply relax on its golden sandy beach.
- Day 2 / Slieve Donard
Our walk starts just outside Newcastle at Bloody Bridge. From here we follow the Bloody Bridge River up past Crannoge to join the famous Mourne Wall. This wall was built over an 18 year period between 1904 and 1922, taking in some 35Km/22 miles and 9000 acres of land that drains into the Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoir. This very impressive wall is built of large granite rocks that were hand-quarried locally from the mountain sides. Our trail now follows the Mourne Wall to reach the summit to of Slieve Donard. From here we will have spectacular views down over Newcastle, along the Irish Coastline, into the Silent Valley and much, much more. Our descent takes us back to Newcastle by way of the wall to the coll at the base of Slieve Commedagh. Here we join the Glen River Path to Donard Forest and back to one of the many local establishments for a well-earned drink of your favourite tipple. Distance: 12km /7.5 miles; Ascent: 843 m/2529 ft
- Day 3 / Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze
After a relaxing breakfast you will have an hour or so to do some shopping, exploring or simply relaxing before we depart Newcastle for our journey home. On route, we will stop off at the Castlewellan Forest Park and do some low-level walking around the 16th-century castle and grounds. Take a stroll along the banks of Castlewellan Lake and visit and the incredible Peace Maze. The maize was officially opened in 2001 as the world’s largest permanent hedge maze, to represent the route and process to be taken by the people of Northern Ireland to achieve peace in the years following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The maze covers an area of 2.7 acres; the path is 3.4 km / 2 miles and hedges of over 6000 yew trees, many of which were planted by the people of Northern Ireland during December 2000. Depart for home approximately 15.00hrs
- All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite/private bathroom.
- 2 Nights B&B
- 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
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals