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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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A good day out

This is a pretty good place to spend a few hours; take a Picnic even. It's a forest walk 🌲for adults and a Giants lair for the kids. There's also a very good play-park with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Newry, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a pretty good place to spend a few hours; take a Picnic even. It's a forest walk 🌲for adults and a Giants lair for the kids. There's also a very good play-park with disabled access rides and a bistro ☕️style cafe on site. The bistro used to belong to Grounded but I think the contract was awarded to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here today with my nephews. The Giants Lair is fantastic for the kids and us big hearted kids. With lovely surrounding views you will not be disappointed. The adventure playground is great for the kids with lots to do. If you managed to grab a picnic there are some nice picnic spots to sit and relax. As it is... More 

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abbyamadan, Project officer at Ring of Gullion, responded to this review

Glad you had a good time, and you are right an early arrival can not only assure parking space but will mean some alone time with the fairies! Remember that there is a park and ride available all though the summer. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Slieve Gullion today with a big family gang. We used google maps to get there which wasnt the greatest start as it led us up a very steep windy hill at a back enterence to park which was closed & had to reverse the car back. As did 5 other cars in front of us. Quite scary. We got... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day with family. The girls loved the fairy doors & houses, and of course the playground. We were glad it wasn't too wet, as it could have been very muddy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent the day here with my grandchildren the walk around the Giants lair and the adventure play park are fabulous the kids really enjoyed the day. The down sides are 1. The way to and from the park is very poorly sign posted. 2 My wife has mobility problems and called before going to find out if the walk was... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fairy walk is unkempt with peeling paint and broken signs. The car park was full. The food served in the courtyard restaurant was rank - cheap-tasting foreign chicken for me, dried out with flies all over the place and food on the floor. I can't believe some of the positivity on here. This place has seen better days.

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

Hi there, thanks for your review and I'm sorry your experience wasn't great. The fairy villages, paths and other pieces of art etc are all getting a revamp this week! So next time you're down the place will be spic and span. There are just so many little people knocking on the doors and running around that it needs a... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had some difficulty finding this, the scenic drive is excellent. The forest courtyard area is good easy parking with small cafe. The fairy trail is excellent for children and even interesting for adults. Local artists have been employed to make some of the sites in the forest. Very well worth a visit.

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N.Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place to visit for free with the kids. Even the big kids had fun 😊. We where lucky with the weather as it was dry. It is a pity the car park is not bigger. Can not wait to visit again. Kids loved it looking for fairys kept running from one thing to another.

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County Antrim, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in on our way to dublin and my children loved this trail. They loved reading the names at each fairy house, playing music on the chimes and squeezing through the fairy Kingdom We would have loved to spend more time in the park but will be e back with a picnic next time.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went a few months back on a reasonable day, kids had a fantastic time searching the forest and tree's for all the fairies. plenty of opportunities for photographs. not a great amount of car parking spaces for a place that is clearly very popular, I would recommend that anyone with small children think about a baby carrier as an alternative... More 

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