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“Take it easy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Newcastle
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Take it easy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Walked Slieve Donard early December .....walking at that time of year has advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages: Quieter; Clear air; see for miles
Disadvantages: got to wait for the right weather; very cold on top; should only walk if you are experienced in that type of weather.

The walk itself really only provides problems on the lower reaches ..... there is a large free car park at the edge of town and allows easy access to the hill path ..... once on the path it switches a few times from one side of the glen river to the other and the start is through woodland, rocks and tree roots are slippy and great care is needed at this section ..... once through the woodland and onto the hill proper there is a good stone path up the hill to the saddle where you veer left and up another path along the Mourne wall - this wall was built in early 1900s to keep livestock away from the reservoir - it goes over 15 hills and is a huge feat of building, I believe it took about 18 years ..... views from the top of Slieve Donard are fantastic and makes the walk worthwhile. I would allow 4.5 to 5 hours for the entire walk and hillwalking boots are essential ..... there are facilities such as toilets in Newcastle. I enjoyed my walk and visit to Newcastle.

Visited December 2014
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“Location is stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The spa is breath taking, the hotel is so relaxing, exceptionally clean and the staff go above and beyond.

Visited November 2014
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“5 Star”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Went here got a treat for my wife's Special Birthday. Staff very friendly from the moment we arrived . They went out of their way to make us enjoy our stay. We had a lovely room with a sea view and it was very well furnished. A great big bathroom with bath and separate shower. Our bed was very comfortable. The whole set up of this hotel is to just relax and enjoy the location. Great place .

Visited October 2014
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“great hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was a lovely hike, the walk up through the forest following the river gave us views of flowing waterfalls and crystal clear pools which were beautiful and something different before the real hike started out in the open, would advise bringing a jacket and water as even on a warm day it is quite chilly at the top especially if its windy and took us about 4hrs up and down

Visited September 2014
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“Breathtaking Views of Northern Ireland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

This walk is so worth it - we had a clear day and walked up from the Donard car park just behind Main Street and next to playing fields. follow the river up to the saddle and then straight up following the wall to the top. To the north strangford lough is laid out and in the distance you can see Isle of Man and cave hill above Belfast. It's truly a highlight in Northern Ireland ......a warning though - a moderate to good level of fitness is needed and given the weather can change so quickly a jacket is required.

Visited October 2014
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