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Embrace your giant spirit

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  1. Christmas Lights Switch on Events 2023
    Join Santa as he flies around Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion switching on Christmas lights and spreading Christmas cheer.
  2. Christmas Events in Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion 2023

    There's something magical about the run up to Christmas and we have lots of events taking place in the area. Here are just a few dates for your diary.

  3. We've picked out some highlights that you really don't want to miss this Christmas.
  4. A young boy feeding an alpaca at Cranfield Alpacas near Kilkeel in County Down.
    There’s very rarely a dull moment in Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion. Its calendar is so packed full of family fun, fabulous festivals and vivacious events that you’ll never be stuck when it comes to celebrating life. There’s a whole host of annual events to choose from, all year round. There are festivals for families and festivals for friends, through tracks, trails and windy bends.
  5. Down Arts Centre building
    Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick is home to Newry Mourne and Down’s Arts Service. Formerly Downpatrick Town Hall, Down Arts Centre was designed by William Batt and built in 1882.
  6. Offers
    We love to welcome visitors and, with plenty of options and places to stay, Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion has bargains galore. Let us share them with you and help you find a great offer on your dream visit.
  7. Plan your Trip
    Luckily for visitors, the Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion has lots for you to see. Planning ahead can make your visit to our region that little bit easier. We can give you the best advice, maps, and guides to help you get the most out of your trip.
  8. Accommodation
    Sleep in towering castles, in quaint cottages, or camp under the stars. The Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion has plenty of places for you to rest your weary head before going on your next giant adventure. This region boasts incredible stays. Holiday in one of our internationally recognised hotels or stay at one of our acclaimed B&Bs. Be prepared for scenic views, comfortable beds, and service and hospitality you’ll never forget.
  9. Family enjoying cycling along the mountain bike trails through Castlewellan Forest Park.
    One of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Play perfect for the kids, an onsite multi-activity centre, hedge maze and equestrian centre, Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more making it a must-visit for all ages.
  10. A family enjoying a train ride on the miniature railway at Delamont Country Park.
    Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, just outside Killyleagh, Delamont Country Park is full of surprises. The park is the home of the Strangford Stone, which at ten metres high is the tallest monolith in Ireland. For kids, there’s the Outdoor Adventure Playground, while the whole family will love the Steamers Cafe and Miniature Railway.
  11. A family entering the Narnia Trail at Kilbroney Park.
    On northern shore of Carlingford Lough, a wonderful escape for all the family no matter their different ages and stages. The offering on just this one site makes it something of a unique family destination and its location close to both Belfast and Dublin means it’s really easy to get to.
  12. Fionn's Giant Adventure
    With tranquil woodland trails, stunning views across the Ring of Gullion to the Mourne Mountains, Cooley Peninsula and Armagh Drumlins, and adventure playpark, Fairy Walk and the Giant's lair in the wonderful Hawthorn Hill Forest - Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Meigh is a must see place to visit!
Let us inspire you this Christmas and New Year

Make your day

  1. Cycling Tollymore Forest Park

    Cycling has always been a favourite way to get out and about to explore our beautiful region and with so many activity centres available to hire a bike for the day, you don’t even need to have your own wheels!  Have a look at the cycling routes we have laid out for you and get on your bike!

  2. A couple walking in the gardens at Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch, County Down.

    Gardening enthusiasts will love this wee corner of the world. The Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion is already something of a paradise to begin with, but over the years its spectacular charm has inspired green fingered pioneers who have worked with the landscape to carve out some sparkling displays of colour and beauty.

  3. Walking Holidays
    There are few places on the island better suited to the walker than the Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion. With almost one hundred different mountain peaks, a feast of forest trails and a seemingly endless choice of river, lake and seaside strolls, you’ll need a good strong pair of shoes to tackle everything this place has to offer.
  4. Visitor reading informational signage about Slieve Gullion
    Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark has breathtaking backdrops and unique natural spaces. With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore including the Mourne Mountains, Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough. You’ll be spoilt for choice and will have plenty of opportunities to delve into the fascinating geological heritage of the area.
  5. Golf Breaks
    Many of the world’s finest fairways and truest greens are right here under the watchful eye of the Mourne Mountains. They feature some of the most spectacular and scenic golfing challenges in the world and it is not hard to see how some of these courses have inspired the golfing giants of Northern Ireland.
  6. Lady being served afternoon tea in Canal Court Hotel

    Christmas just calls for an afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Mourne Mountains, Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough. 

  7. Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle in Autumn

    Everyone loves Christmas, the aesthetic of it all, the colours, smells and cosiness. With the long dark nights and the colder mornings, it is important to make the most of the winter weather.  

  8. Kribben Cottages, Annalong

    Summer has ended and Autumn is drifting away, so a quiet stay in a cosy cottage in the UNESCO Global Geopark of Mourne Gullion Strangford, set in Counties Down and Armagh, Northern Ireland, should be on your itinerary this Winter.

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