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Mourne Mountains
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The best known mountains in Ireland consist of 12 shapely summits rising above 2,000 feet on the eastern side, and the rugged peak of Slieve Donard that climbs steeply to 2,796 feet.
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Igorotinni Igorotinni
Belfast, UK133 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
From Ott car park, follow the Yellow trail/Upper path. Do not follow the lower path as it will lead you to a bog and path itself is the Shimna river. I can say that its a moderate walk as it can be tough ascending the summits. Slieve Meelbeg is the highest among the 3. The views on the sunmits are lovely especially on a clear day. You can overlook Dundrum Bay, Silent Valley reservoir, Spelga Dam, Lough Shannagh and the summits of the Mourne mountain such as Slieve Bearnagh and Binnian. Ensure you wear proper gear and equipments when hiking. You can watch a video of our journey on the link on my profile.
Written May 21, 2021
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DublinJane_10
Bristol, UK137 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Friends
We walked Slieve Donard, as part of completing the 5 peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell, Snowden, Carrantouhill and finally Slieve Donard).

We hired a guide (Loretto Coyle - loretto@outdoorirelandnorth.co.uk) which I would highly recommend as it makes life so much easier when you have a group. Loretto had some great suggestions for walks and interesting background stuff about the history of the area.

We approached from Bloody Bridge and then walked back down into Newcastle (via a pub!). This is a slow incline for about half of the way and then a steep slog for the final part. It took us 2 hours to get up and about 2.5 hours to get back down (stopping for lunch).

You can do straight up and down from Newcastle - using the National Trust path. But it is less interesting.

There are paths for most of it but there are also some very boggy bits and streams to be crossed so wear water proof boots, particularly if it has been raining recently as you will be walking through running water in parts. You are also picking your way through and over rocks so another good reason for sturdy footwear.

Unfortunately, the cloud cover meant that we didn't get the full benefit of the view from the top but, when the cloud did lift, the views were fabulous.

Well worth the effort.

Just a few practical bits: We got sandwiches for our lunch from Joe's Quality Meats & Delicatessen (6 Main St. 028 4372 2221). They make great sandwiches with anything you fancy and you can order in advance and collect. They put them in plastic containers which means they don't get squished in your rucksack and all for under £2 a head. We stayed at The Slieve Donard Hotel - marvellous pool and sauna for after your walk and top breakfasts. We flew into Belfast and got Donard Taxis to transfer us.
Written June 27, 2011
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Alan
Dublin, Ireland872 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
We hiked Slieve Binnian Loop on Sunday morning. The weather was stunning and the scenery breathtaking!

On Monday, we hiked Slieve Donard. Less scenic in my opinion, but rewarding and beautiful all the same.

Slieve Binnian
Park at Carrick Little Carpark or, a little further up the lane, park in the private car park and pay £3. This is a busy spot so get there in the morning. You have two walking options, clockwise or anticlockwise.

Clockwise (doing the summit first), follow the lane from the carpark towards a metal gate. You'll pass a derelict house in a field on your left hand side so you know you're doing ok. Go through the gate and keep walking.

This is where you'll see the Mourne wall on your left. If you're going to walk clockwise, follow the wall upwards and it takes you to the summit. From there you can follow the trail towards the Tors and reservoir.

If, like me, you want to stretch the legs before making the summit, go in the anticlockwise direction.... instead of following the wall upwards, just keep going straight. You know you're ok when you see the forest on your right hand side. Keep going towards the reservoir and then turn left to head up the mountain towards the Tors and then Binnian.

Slieve Donard
Park at Donard carpark in Newcastle. Basically follow the crowds from there. You're going to head through the forest, upwards...once outside the forest the terrain clears and in front of you, you'll see a trail heading upwards towards the saddle. From the flat of the saddle, with the wall in front of you, turn left and continue the steep ascent to Donard.

Slieve Binnian Loop - 4.5hrs and moderate

Slieve Donard Linear walk - 4.5hrs and hard

Slieve Binnian and
Written May 8, 2018
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ILUVHOLSNIreland
N IRELAND112 contributions
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Mar 2012 • Friends
Start from Donard Park approx 1 hour will take you to the bottom of Sleive Donard and Commedagh - another 30 -40 mins will take you to the summit of Slieve Donard where the views are breath-taking - on a clear day you can see the Harland & Wolf cranes in Belfast and the Isle of Man and all around the coast from Annalong to St Johns point. You can descend andreturn to Donard Park or follow the brandy pad ( all on the level) around to the Hare's gap and down the Trassey track ( 2hts approx.) - and get a taxi ( 10 mins drive from Newcastle) and enjoy a pint or a well deserved meal in one of the many venues to choose from. Heaven on earth !
Written March 27, 2012
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Mika Y
Espoo, Finland33 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Couples
The Mourne Mountains can be enjoyed both as a more physical hiking experience as well as in a more leisurely way by driving (or using public transport; see below) into one of the many areas surrounding the actual mountains. We did a bit of both.

On the more physical side of things, I did give hiking to the top of Slieve Donard (the highest mountain in the area) a go. I used the popular route starting from the Donard car park in Newcastle. The route goes initially through a quite lush forest, then gradually becomes more and more mountainous with a final ascent following the famous Mourne Wall itself. The route was mostly reasonably easy, but few areas on the final ascent/initial descent back had loose stones and sand, probably due to erosion caused by the popularity of the hike. Still, with decent hiking boots and some care it's not too bad. The landscape is quite gorgeous for both viewing and photography, although this obviously depends on the weather to some extent. The forest area also has some cute little waterfalls. Going there and back took me most of the day, although a couple of hours of this was due to photography. I recommend the hike there for anyone who's in reasonable health and enjoys mountainous landscapes.

On the next day we took a bus to the Silent Valley Reservoir as a more relaxed activity (the weather was pretty hot). The Mourne Rambler Service bus (number 405) makes about half a dozen rounds around the mountain range per day and we used this on our way there and to return back to Newcastle. The Silent Valley is a nice relaxing and beautiful area with several walks with differing lengths, with various points of interest related to the history of the reservoir as well as the local nature. Families with kids seemed to find the area delightful as well.

All in all, the only downside I can personally think is that we had just a couple of days of time in the area, so a lot of the beauty was left unseen. Maybe that's a reason to revisit the area at some point in the future...
Written September 25, 2018
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Brian O
Ascot, UK97 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Couples
No need to go to Devon for beaches, the Scottish Highlands for mountains - you can do it all in Co Down with the Mourne Mountains! You can spend a morning doing the forests and glens if the Mournes and be on a beautiful unspoilt beach in the afternoon!
The amazing additional factor is that the place is not overwhelmed with tourists! The area was not promoted during the 'troubles' and it's totally free from OTT commercial developments - now it's a little known 'gem'!
Go for it!
Written September 24, 2014
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LESA C
San Diego, CA112 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Couples
This is truly what I think of as the Real Ireland. This road climbs up the mountain and around the mountain and loops back around and down into the lovely seaside town of Newcastle. If you do nothing else, take this drive. We saw sheep everywhere (a cute one named Dolly was in the middle of the road...her owner came to get her), and hand built rock walls dividing the properties, and ocean views everywhere. Some old abandoned structures, many pastures, lots of photo ops. This was a magnificent scenic drive. So glad we did it.
Written September 9, 2014
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NoelleHBelfast
Belfast60 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Family
Park at the Sandford Rd car-park and follow the trek up Hen Mountain...you will not be disappointed fab views of the Mournes, bring a picnic and treat the whole family!
Written September 8, 2012
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Stephen C
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May 2017 • Solo
Done this hike on a day off mid week, got up early take advantage of the good weather. Great buzz stuck the headphones in and away I went only me and the countryside. Some great views and gives me the itch to go explore more of the mournes. Started at trassey car park and walkways were pretty easy to follow even though
Not signposted. Just be careful of the rams didn't seem to pleased to see me walking through their turf.lol
Written May 25, 2017
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Richard J
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Jul 2016 • Business
The mourned mountains are absolutely stunning i have done the mourne wall walk challenge in 74,75 and 76 where the temperature was in the 90s
And I completed the walk in under 3 hours I was nickname the mountain goat by my
Commanding officer and friends it's a walk I will never forget would like to comeback and do the wall challenge again its certainly would be a challenge 40 years on it was back then in 76 but I was young and fit
Written May 22, 2017
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