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Address: | 89 Drumintee Rd, Killeavy, Newry, Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 3082 8590
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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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I had a terrible experience here last year due to car parking issues etc and was determined never to try it again. Friends picked this place to meet so I had to go this time. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I had a terrible experience here last year due to car parking issues etc and was determined never to try it again. Friends picked this place to meet so I had to go this time. It was a rainy cold day during the week. This was obviously the best type of day to choose for this place as it only... More 

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Dromore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is always a good but little challenge on a Sunday. The weather wasn't great but that didn't stop us. Just stick to the path and you'll make it to the top. Also plenty of picnic areas and child play area. All for free! Chippy can there also, cafe and ice-cream vans in the summer

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Armagh UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I visited the Giants Lair with my two nieces in October. Head from Newry towards the village of Meigh and you'll see the signs for Slieve Gullion Forrest Park. Entrance is free and parking is plentiful There is a lovely restaurant and also an outside area with picnic benches. I was so impressed with the whole experience, from the Fairy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

As I am lucky enough to live at the foothills it is always a great place to go for a walk. Plenty of different routes and trails to take be a quick walk or a long gentle stroll. An amazing park for the kids to play in and a wooded fairy village which brings a great amount of wonderment for... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

It's difficult to believe that less than 20 years ago this geological gem was virtually inaccessible to the public. South Armagh was an inhospitable area, it's rugged peaks topped by military watchtowers and country lanes patrolled by ever vigilant army patrols. Thankfully all that is a thing of the past. Darker history has given way to full access to this... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I visited the forest park and also walk Slieve Guillion. The park is wonderful for families, designed with imagination working with nature. Wonderful place of beauty steeped in ancient history.

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

Thank you very much - we are glad you had a great time and look forward to your return. More 

Belfast, Northern Ireland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Went here on bank holiday Monday. Leprechaun greeted us at the gates and this created an initial good impression. But it didn't last long. We arrived and the car in front was let through the open barrier and then it was closed. The guy just said to us to go to the park and ride and someone would tell us... More 

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

Good morning We are so sorry you had a disappointing time. We do have ongoing issues with parking, and have plans to extend it to more than double the space we have at present. I am sorry that the staff at the park were not to standard during your visit, and that's unacceptable. This feedback will be given to their... More 

Belfast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

How amazing and magical is place!! We have visited fairyland before but they certainly excelled themselves for this end of summer event. It was so well organised and run, all staff including bus drivers were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The costumes and characters were unreal and so very funny! From arts n crafts to Alice in wonderland and a brilliant... More 

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

I am glad you had a wonderful time and hope its even better when you return :) More 

Crossgar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Visited the Forrest Park yesterday. On arrival we were meet by a friendly leprechaun at the entrance. When we arrived at the courtyard there was a sign to tell you parking was behind. We drove round the corner to find the gate closed. At this point it would have been helpful if someone had been there to explain about the... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your visit despite the parking issues. We are working hard to find a solution for parking on site. We are continually learning about the park and ride, and its feedback like this that helps us to improve the service. We'll brief the staff better for parking, we had lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is actually a review of the Forest Park rather than the Ring of Gullion, but this was the only way I could get in to do a review. Only one complaint about this place so I'll get this out of the way first. We used Google Maps to try to get to the forest park but got lost. Once... More 

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

Sorry you got lost - thanks for the feedback though - We have updated the website with written directions. I hope you will be able to visit Slieve Gullion again, and that the journey will be more pleasant for your family. We are putting in more signage in the ground too! More 

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