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Address: | 89 Drumintee Rd, Killeavy, Newry, Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 442830828590
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique...

The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique geological landform, unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped. It was voted onto the ‘Top 100 Geosites of UK & Ireland’. The ring of low, rugged hills forms a ‘rampart’ around the heather-clad Slieve Gullion mountain. Rich semi-wild habitats of heath, bog and woodland contrast with the neatly patterned fields and ladder farms. The AONB straddles the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland in south Armagh. The AONB shares many landscape characteristics with the adjacent Cooley peninsula in County Louth.

Slieve Gullion’s mysterious reputation arises from its associations with legends and the wider area’s rich archaeological heritage. It was along these roads and fields, and over these hills and mountains, that Cuchulainn and the Red Branch Knights, the O’Neills and the O’Hanlons roamed, battled and died. You can read some of these stories about Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Cuchulainn and the Cailleach Beara in the Living History Section, but better still Experience Gullion at one of the many local pubs and storytelling houses or visit the Giant’s Lair at Slieve Gullion.

The Ring of Gullion is alive with history, awash in scenic beauty and bursting with culture.

You can Experience Gullion’s rich geology, biodiversity and archaeology very easily. Browse the Ring of Gullion site, and plan your trip; you can Experience Gullion with our self guided Audio Tours or you can choose a guide from our tour guides page to bring Gullion to life with their local knowledge. You can also use our Interactive Map to Experience Gullion before heading out.

There are lots of ways to Experience Gullion and Get Involved through volunteering, events, training or simply taking a stroll along one of our many tranquil walkways. So get out there and experience all that the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.

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Fairies, Giant and a stunning view

We visit this place yesterday with two kids 2 and 10. They loved the walk through the forest and to see all the wee houses along the trail. It's a really nice walk but could be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Loykymar
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visit this place yesterday with two kids 2 and 10. They loved the walk through the forest and to see all the wee houses along the trail. It's a really nice walk but could be difficult for people with walking disability. At the end of the walk is a playground. And next to the car park is a wee... More 

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berkeley california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great day trip! Hike to the top of the Ring of Gullion for spectacular views over North and South of Ireland. The hike is a brilliant one for all ages!

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Thank lals18
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a day trip with my husband. Had a great day. Lovely picnic areas to sit and enjoy lunch. Covered areas to. Which is great if it rains. After lunch we set of on The Giants Lair walk. A lovely trail through a forest with lots of fairy houses to see on the way. The walk took about... More 

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Slieve Gullion Forest Park is located Just a few miles from Newry and located in some of the most picturesque countryside Northern Ireland has to offer. The park has recently been redeveloped providing visitors of all ages excitement and challenge all for NO COST to the visitor. Two areas of note that are covered in this review are the Giants... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely walk looking at all the fairy doors and houses - so enchanting. Great little play park in fairyland - we all enjoyed squeezing through the little door. Play park at the car park. Lovely scenic drive - amazing views. Cafe and toilets and picnic area near the car park. Very enjoyable day.

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1 Thank thelittleredrobin
Armagh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The children love it! A great play area and the Giants Liar is a great attraction. Lovely walks for the adults too and incredible scenes in a very unspoiled area of outstanding natural beauty!

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Clonmel, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a natural deciduous forest with very clever witches house playground, musical chimes and things to do for children of all ages. You enter the Fairy Kingdom and visit fairy houses and villages. There are parking facilities, an adventure playground, it is easy to navigate with a buggy. There are many things at each point along the way to... More 

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Thank TheresaBR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited not quite knowing what was there apart from the forest. The fairy/giant trail was great for kids (and adults) set in a lovely forest park. We were able to find it easily and park without difficulty. The amenities were well looked after. The park itself is free to enter, which was fantastic (I know my taxes pay for... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

My husband and I took our Grandson down to Slieve Gullion to see the fairy trail. Thought it was just magical for children whilst giving us grandparents a bit of a workout also. Thoroughly enjoyed by all. Would love to get back to it soon!!

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RoG_Manager, Manager at Ring of Gullion, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Donna - we are glad you enjoyed your visit! I think you'll like the Footsteps in the Forest event too :) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The woodland playground in Sliabh Gullion is a gem, hidden off the main M1/N1 motorway between Dublin and Belfast. Our favourite spot there is the Wishing chair and the café on site serves nice food too.

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RoG_Manager, Manager at Ring of Gullion, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit - and hope very much that your wish comes true :) More 

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