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The Mourne Mountains are a beautiful range located in Northern Ireland. They offer a variety of hikes and stunning views that are perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Slieve Donard Route

A favorite hike is the Slieve Donard route, Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. The trailhead is located in Newcastle, a small seaside town situated at the foot of the mountains. The trail is well trodden and easy to follow. The first part of the hike is a gradual ascent through Donard Forest. The path then opens up into a beautiful valley with streams and waterfalls. From there, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. The final ascent to the summit is the most difficult part of the hike, but the views from the top are absolutely breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland!

Hare's Gap Route

Another great hike is the Hare's Gap route. This hike starts at the Trassey car park and follows a well-defined path up to Hare's Gap. From there, you can choose to climb to the summit of Slieve Bearnagh or continue along the path to the summit of Slieve Meelmore. Both options offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

No matter which hike you choose, be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. The weather in the Mourne Mountains can be unpredictable, so it's important to dress in layers and bring rain gear. It's also a good idea to let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return. Remember to leave no trace and plan your journey.

Overall, hiking in the Mourne Mountains is an unforgettable experience. The stunning scenery and challenging trails make it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Men of the Mournes
Historical Tours
Men of the Mournes

Join expert mountain guide Peter Rafferty as he stretches your imagination - and your legs - as you discover the sights and sounds of this special mountain range.

Slieve Donard (via Glen River)
Walking & Hiking
Slieve Donard (via Glen River)

Slieve Donard at 850m (2,789 ft) is the highest of the Mourne Mtns. The views from the summit are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.

Slieve Donard from Bloody Bridge
Walking & Hiking
Slieve Donard from Bloody Bridge

This walk begins in the Bloody Bridge car park (on the coast), follows the Bloody Bridge River and then follows the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Donard (850m).

Hare's Gap
Walking & Hiking
Hare's Gap

Quarry track with final uphill section over rocky terrain.