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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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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Well worth a get away and a visit. The mountains are an hour from Dublin or an hour from Belfast. Easy to get to by car and offer plenty of recreation for all ages. From Mountain biking near Rostrevor to hiking in the Silent Valley...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank phoenixesrose
Reviewed 31 October 2018

These are the most beautiful Mountains that literally do sweep down to the sea! Many trails and paths to suit all abilities. The view makes the walk so worthwhile.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Heather M
Reviewed 16 October 2018

The Mournes can be driven around or climbed through but either way they are quite vast, intriguing, breathtaking in Summer or Winter and have the famous Mourne Walls going through them, the Spelga Dam, forests, rivers and much more features too numerous to mention.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 932aileenl
Reviewed 25 September 2018

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....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank myrjola
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Drove through the mountains and then down to the coast - it was a scenic drive with very little traffic. You can just drive along and take it all in - no pressure a gr at way to holiday.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 465RobertH465
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We went to see the dam while the water level had gone down and exposed the old roadway and bridge usually covered by water. You can park in the official car park but it’s £4.50 for a car so we parked on the lane way...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

I have now climbed several peaks and this place is so beautiful and highly enjoyable to climb. Do wear suncream as I made that mistake once.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank instabelfast
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

The beauty of this area almost defies description. The Mourne’s dominate Newcastle in a positive sense. Driving through the hills and valleys offers amazing views and sights ranging from granite walls that divide small, green fields, sheep and lambs grazing, long vistas, peaks and valleys,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gakeitse
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Climbed the mountain was lovely views waterfalls on way up and the beach there is lovely plenty of shops for food and ice cream . Or you can bring a picnic and a flask of tea

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 25 May 2018

As traveling coastal roads (starting from east side) these signs were remarkable,interesting to realize how nature has been formed thousands of years ago. Mourne Mountains are remarkable high and Town Newastle lies towards Irish Sea, so both routes coastal and mountains can be recommended. SilentValley...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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19 September 2018|
Response from Gakeitse | Reviewed this property |
We drove in a standard car. The roads are narrow and there isn't always somewhere (that isn't a ditch) to pull into in order to allow others to pass.
18 December 2017|
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Response from Deirdre K | Reviewed this property |
You could go and stay at the Meelmore Lodge which is located near the Trassey car park and overlooks the beautiful Hare's Gap. A nice little walk with a bit of upward incline will take you onto the Brandy Pad which is the... More
I noticed a comment about litter in the Mournes and just wanted to say there is nothing annoys me more than people littering, especially in these stunning landscapes. I was in the Mournes at the weekend and during our walk filled a bag of aluminium cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and food wrappers which I couldn't bear to leave lying. I went even further than that - washed the dirt off them and recycled what I could! I don't understand how anyone could be so disrespectful of these beautiful places to litter. As a local of NI I am embarrassed by the amount of litter in our countryside and will do my small part by lifting what I see when I am out and about to make it better and would urge others to do the same. If there are only a few imbeciles causing the problem, hopefully there are more of us who can counter it. So my question is, are there any organised clean-ups which people can take part in to help raise awareness and rectify the litter problem in the Mournes and across NI?
18 September 2017|
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Response from declanm932 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to hear your visit was marred by the behaviour of irresponsible walkers.I wonder what part of the Mournes you were in at the time. Unfortunately your actions in lifting and disposal of the items is probably the way... More