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Ring of Gullion

Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 3031 3170
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Cafe and Forest Park

See also the reviews of the forest park. We stopped in at Synge & Byrne cafe - for delicious light... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
mj_grov
Fabulous tour in a Fascinating area

As a South Armagh native, sadly exiled to Belfast- I decided to bring my Belfast hubby and friends... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
ToandMo
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The Ring of Gullion is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to the very popular Slieve Gullion Forest Park, as well as Derrymore Estate and Camlough Lake. 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 Cúchulainn 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, Cúchulainn 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 3031 3170
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

See also the reviews of the forest park. We stopped in at Synge & Byrne cafe - for delicious light brunch - just the thing to fuel up for a walk. Good coffee, tea and food.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

As a South Armagh native, sadly exiled to Belfast- I decided to bring my Belfast hubby and friends to my homeland on the Ring of Gullion bus tour. We had a beautiful day inJune- showing the countryside in all its splendour. From the first stop...More

Thank ToandMo
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

48 members of our club enjoyed an excellent Ring of Gullion tour last Wednesday. Its success was completely due to tour guide, Des Murphy, whose wealth of knowledge, humour and affability ensured that we all were both entertained and informed. The good weather and the...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The Ring of Gullion is a an area of ourstanding natural beauty in South Armagh that represents the eroded remains of a ring dike surrounding an ancient volcanic caldera and covers an area roughly 25 by 10 miles The 8 mile scenic drive through the...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Went not really knowing what to expect but had a fabulous day, lovely walks, scenery and a fabulous play park for kids. All in all highly recommended.

Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I am from South Armagh and really didn't know what to expect when I took the coach tour of the area during the summer. However, it was wonderful and although I have lived here all my life, there was so much that I didn't know....More

Thank Geraldine R
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This part of the country will just blow you away, the history that goes along with the myths with this sort of scenery as a back drop. We take it for granted as we see it every day , but after taking time to explore...More

Thank paddy b
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

A guided coach tour on European Open Heritage Day around the Ring of Gullion with our guide Una Walsh who was a treasure chest full of information and related stories. She brought to life the castles of the past, the places of the present and...More

Thank vee633
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We are a group of Seniors and we took a guided coach tour. We enjoyed the scenery, the geology, archaeology, wildlife and history. Had alovely lunch in the hotel in Crossmaglen and nice ice cream from the shop next door. Even the sun shone on...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Has to be up there with the most beautiful walks and hikes to be had anywhere in the world. Sleeve Gullion Forest Park and drive has to be seen to be believed. The kids play park and cafe at the bottom car park are fantastic,...More

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akane_1984
23 August 2016|
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Response from Elaine J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I took so long to reply! It is up a hill to get to the fairy village and is steep in places but then eases out. Lots of people push buggies up the hill so it's manageable but I guess it depends on you and how you are... More
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Ann S
2 August 2015|
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Response from RoG_Manager | Property representative |
Dogs are not allowed in the Adventure Playpark, and must be ‘under control’ at all times in the rest of the Forest Park.
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