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  1. Gentleman enjoying the mountain view along Slieve Gullion Trail, Newry, County Down
    Mourne Gullion and Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark takes in the breathtaking beauty of the Ring of Gullion, the Mourne Mountains and Strangford & Lecale. Its spectacular beauty has been forged by nature and provides a stunning backdrop to remarkable people and places. This dramatic and thriving landscape is where people live and work every day, acting as a catalyst for vibrant community tourism with the potential to develop a sustainable future for the region through this world-class tourism designation.
  2. small group of people viewing "The Big Stone", is a huge granite boulder perched on a mountainside outside Rostrevor, County Down
    The Mourne Gullion Strangford aUGGp has over 400 million years of geological history. It charts the closure of the Iapetus Ocean and the bringing together of the two parts of what we now know as the island of Ireland, its passage through tropical latitudes, the birth of the North Atlantic Ocean, and finally the shaping of landscape by ice during the last glaciation.
  3. Couple hiking the Mourne Mountains and enjoying the landscape
    There are a number of well-established walking routes and trails throughout the Mourne Gullion Strangford aUGGp. These include the Mourne Way, Ring of Gullion Way, Lecale Way and the Mourne Coastal Route.
  4. Geopark Sites
    The Mourne, Gullion, Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark takes in the breathtaking beauty of the Ring of Gullion, Mourne Mountains and Strangford & Lecale. The Geopark is jam-packed full of world-class geological marvels, stunning landscapes and a wealth of opportunities to experience the great outdoors.
  5. People stand up paddleboarding at Skiffie Festival
    Get out on the water in Visit Mourne. Our rivers, lakes, streams and sea are all teeming with adventure. Whether you’re looking for a quiet sightseeing tour, or a thrilling white water rafting adventure, County Down is the place for you.
  6. Two mythical and magical beasts at the annual Giant Adventure 'Footsteps in the Forest' at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
    The Mourne Gullion Strangford aUGG places local community at the heart of all projects and events. A key aspect of the aspiring Geopark is community empowerment and our events programme is designed to engage, entertain and educate. Community groups and initiatives are central to the life of the region.

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  1. Mother & two children enjoying the displays in Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal's Castle
    Come and learn about geology, wildlife, history and cultural heritage with one of our experienced guides. The Mourne Gullion Strangford aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark is a wonderful place to teach children about the world around them.
  2. Standing atop the sand dunes on Tyrella Beach overlooking the bay to the Mourne Mountains
    The aspiring Geopark encourages projects with a focus on sustainability, biodiversity, conservation, education, and natural or cultural heritage. UNESCO Geoparks are involved in the promotion and conservation of natural heritage, often in partnership with protected natural areas present in their territory.
  3. Couple looking at a brochure in Newcastle Visitor Centre, County Down.
    Learn more about Mourne Gullion Strangford aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark with a collection of educational resources.
  4. Couple sitting along the banks of Newy Canal eading a guide book
    Contact us for more information on the Mourne, Gullion and Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark.
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