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  1. Mountains in County Down and Armagh
    Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer, or you want a fun family day out against the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains within the peaks and valleys, there is something for everyone in the heart of the Mournes.
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    If these mountains could speak, they’d tell tales of hermits, smugglers and fugitives... Join Peter for an unforgettable walking experience amongst the most fabulous scenery.
  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. Walking and Hiking Tours, Trails and Experiences
    The Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion is the perfect destination for walking and hiking. Whether you’re an occasional rambler or a seasoned adventurer, the trails are the perfect way to experience the unparalleled natural beauty of Counties Down and Armagh.
  5. Couple walking through the forest on an Xhale The Sound of Silence experience.

    The Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion is a paradise for walkers. For those who treat it like an Olympic sport there are of course an abundance of challenging treks over mountains and calf-stretching trails through endless forests. If, however, you prefer to take your time and smell the roses, then there are plenty of places you can do that too.

  6. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Patrick on Saint Patrick’s Way and discover his story with our Pilgrim Guides around the beautiful medieval town of Downpatrick.
  7. Tours and Tour Guides
    One of the best ways to experience the magic and majesty of the Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion is with one of our qualified independent Tour Guides or Experience Providers. Before you set off on your break, why not enlist the help of a tour guide, so the only thing you have to worry about is what to pack.
  8. Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark
    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.
  9. Picnic benches and walking trails at Silent Valley Mountain Park, Kilkeel
    Enjoy the tranquillity of Silent Valley Mountain Park in the heart of the Mourne Mountains. Follow the trails and find out about the industrial heritage which gave rise to the magnificent dams and shaped the surrounding landscape.
    1. This breath-taking route is unique mix of three waymarked ways which remain largely undiscovered by the tourist. The 6000 year -old Sand dunes of Murlough bay and beach walking is a nice lead into this stunning cross-border walk.
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        Autumn is a magical time of year. It is nature's invitation to pause and gently slow down. Ann from Xhale will guide you along a mindful, magic, tree trail in Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, where you will tap into your natural powers, to connect to the present moment. You will meet special trees along the way with Celtic words of wisdom, including the gifts of forest medicine and how to harvest your creativity. We will celebrate our magical, mythological journey with a pear muffin and a warm drink.
        1. Booley and Butter Banner
          Booley and Butter Forgotten Traditions of the past – with Artisan and Foraged Lunch ‘ploughman style’ Awaken the Traditions of a 6000 year old Mountain Community in the Magical Ring of Gullion During this four hour experience, step back in time as 7th generation farmer Brian weaves The Neolithic, The Celts and his own Ancestors into one continuous Epic Saga. “The “Butter and Booley Tour” has it all, beautiful surroundings, informative and friendly hosts and mouth-watering foraged treats to accompany the butter you make along the way! A step back in time to one when everything happened at a slower pace certainly made for a relaxing and enjoyable day, thank you Brian and Lorraine, I can’t wait to go back”! Paula, TripAdvisor
          1. Castlewellan Forest Park
            Located in Castlewellan, in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Arboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world.
          2. 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.
          3. A family walking in Kilbroney Park.
            Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor offers some of the most scenic views around the Mourne Mountains. Located overlooking the village of Rostrevor, Kilbroney’s scenic forest drive culminates in unparalleled views over Carlingford Lough below.
          4. Slieve Gullion Forest Park
            Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Meigh is a must see place to visit! 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 Fionn's Giant Adventure.

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          1. Awaken another giant tradition
            There are many ways create memories that will last a lifetime. It might not seem like there is enough time in the day so here are some readymade experiences waiting for you to explore.
          2. An epic ride ... is just up the road
            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!
          3. Spend time on the fairways
            Spend time playing golf in County Down, along our stunning coastline, on some of the most scenic golf courses in the world. Follow in the footsteps of all time greats on challenging greens and fairways.
          4. Savour the Flavour this Spring
            Take time to savour the flavour this Autumn in the heartland of fresh produce. Our rolling pastures sweep down to an abundant coastline. The freshest ingredients picked especially for you.
          5. Follow in the Footsteps of Saints and Stories
            Links to Saint Patrick and other saints and stories are many in Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion. Spend time following in the footsteps of pilgrim's or join the experts as you walk Saint Patrick's Way.
          6. Take a stroll back in time
            The Mourne Mountains, Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough are home to a variety of amazing heritage trails and historic places; experiences worth spending time on.  Trails will take you to historical monuments and give you a chance to explore the rich and beautiful local landscape. Take time and enjoy the locations and beautiful scenery in the Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark.
          7. 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.
          8. 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.
          9. 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.
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