The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits
crowned by granite tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks,
providing enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. The Mournes are divided into 2 very
distinctive areas – the Eastern or ‘High’ Mournes and the Western or ‘Low’ Mournes. Any newcomer to the Mournes
will be simply amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area.
Welcome to the Mournes and Ring of Gullion, two of Northern Ireland’s most scenic areas and both designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Mournes is home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain peak Slieve Donard and is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia, whereas the landscape of the Ring of Gullion and its ancient Ring Dyke makes it officially listed as a unique area of special interest, rich in culture, heritage and mythology.
The landscape lends itself perfectly to outdoors adventure activity. The combination of sea and mountains means you can choose from full on adventure or a more laid back approach to the outdoors and there are many outdoor adventure centres providing activities from hill walking, rock climbing and mountain boarding to mountain biking, bouldering, fishing, and horse riding.
Don a wetsuit and prepare to take on waterfalls, rock slides and plunge pools at Bloody Bridge as you enter the world of wet bouldering, or go sea kayaking.
The array of adventures on offer is all under the gaze of Northern Ireland’s highest mountain peak, Slieve Donard which rises to an impressive height of 848 metres. Discovering the Mourne Mountains by foot is a must. Dominated by a compact ring of 12 mountains rising above 2000ft or 600m, there are walks to suit everyone.
Alternatively you can explore a section of the Mourne Way Walk, a 26 mile off-road walk traversing the foothills from Newcastle to Rostrevor. The route provides a amazing views of the impressive Mourne landscape and historic Mourne Wall.
The towns in the Mournes area have their own stories to tell: the fishing centres of Kilkeel and Annalong, Banbridge with its linen industry legacy, Victorian Rostrevor and the historic city of Newry. Indeed the charming seaside town of Newcastle is home to the famous Royal County Down Golf Club, one of the world’s top ten links courses and host of the 2015 Irish Open. Other golf courses can also be found in Ardglass, Warrenpoint and Kilkeel.