Categories: What's OnThings To DoAutumn

There’s something very special in the air in Mourne, Gullion and Strangford now that the summer sun is ebbing away. You can feel the crisp autumn breeze, curl up at the crackling log fire and watch the bristling leaves, floating delicately towards the ground.  All this inspires us to immerse ourselves in the great outdoors.

There is so much this area has to offer at this time of year.  Autumn is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy some Giant Adventures.

Explore the best locations on your bike and appreciate the autumn colours.  Take a walk through the forests and parks and appreciate the wide open spaces together with the fresh air.  Visit our many local shops or enjoy some family time together discovering all things autumnal.  Uncover Ireland's mountain of mystery in Slieve Gullion or loose yourself in one of Ireland's most exciting outdoor spaces in Castlewellan.

Experience the Great Outdoors

Autumn is the perfect time to get out and explore before the colder winter weather arrives.  Hire a bike at Life Adventure Centre or Clearsky Adventure Centre and head for the hills.

Escape to the forest and enjoy the expansive woodlands and dedicated parks. It doesn’t matter if you are an occasional rambler or a seasoned adventurer the trails in this area are the perfect way to experience the unparalleled natural beauty of Mourne, Gullion and Strangford.

If it's something off the beaten track with wonderful views you're after then check out (online) and check in (on the day) with East Coast Adventure.  Recharge the batteries with an overnight stay at one of our many types of accommodation in a location That is a perfect base for hiking, walking, water activities and mountain biking. 

Stay and Shop

Our unique position means that people have been coming here on weekend shopping trips for years. Not only can shoppers pick up some great bargains from top international brands, they can also get the best of local craft and fashion in places that are experiences in themselves allowing you to create that memorable weekend away.

Family Time is the Best Time

Away from the crowds you can get back to nature.  Family stories are shaped around Strangford Lough

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Castlewellan Forest Park
Forest Parks
View of the Annesley Walk in Castlewellan Forest Park

Located on Forest Park View, Castlewellan, County Down, in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, Castlewellan Forest Park has 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.

Delamont Country Park
Public Park
Child climbing and another on a slide in the play park, at Delamont Country Park.

Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh offers peace, beauty and tranquillity. The stunning views across Strangford Lough and the relaxing atmosphere make Delamont Country Park a place to enjoy that 'away from it all feeling'. It is home of the Strangford Stone - the tallest megalith in Ireland. This beautiful 200-acre Country Park offers a great day out for visitors of all ages. Whether you are a keen walker, a nature lover or simply looking for a great day out for all the family you will find plenty to entertain you in Delamont Country Park.

Kilbroney Park
Forest Parks
Kilbroney Park

Kilbroney Park features riverside walks and an arboretum. There is a two-mile forest drive which showcases panoramic views over Carlingford Lough. There is also a Play Park with children's play area and tennis courts, an Information area and a café all on site.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Adventure Playpark and Fionn's Giant Adventure
Forest Parks
Children playing around a giant book in Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion is Ireland's Mountain of Mystery. Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an Adventure Playpark, Fionn's Giant Adventure children's story trail and a Courtyard with coffee shop.

Clearsky Adventure Centre
Activity Centre
Clearsky Adventure Centre

Newcastle and Castlewellan Bike Hire We have a wide range of bikes available for hire. Mountain bikes, electric e-bikes, tandem bicycles, kids bicycles. You name it, we should have it. Free delivery and shuttle bus service.

Life Adventure Centre
Activity Centre
Paddling boarding on Castlewellan Lake

Epic adventures are on offer all year round at Life Adventure Centre. Their extensive range of activities include mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, wet bouldering, rock climbing, sit on top kayaking, coasteering, electric biking and open canoeing - something for everyone!

Bike Mourne
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Cyclists on bikes from Bike Mourne, Newcastle admiring the Mourne Mountains from the Promenade, Newcastle, County Down

Experience the Mournes by bike on road, track and trail with the guided and self-guided bike and electric bike tours or do it yourself with bike and electric bike hire. Explore the majestic mountains, dramatic coasts, stunning landscapes, enchanting forests, award winning mountain bike trails and endless year-round cycle adventures.

East Coast Adventure Centre
Activity Centre
East Coast Adventure Centre

East Coast Adventure Centre - Newry & Mourne Mountain area. Water sports, Cycling, Hiking, School Activities - Family Fun - Glamping - a perfect location outside Rostrevor Village and 5 mins from Warrenpoint

Buttercrane Shopping Centre
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Buttercrane Shopping Centre - view over Newry Canal

Buttercrane Shopping Centre in the heart of Newry City is home to over 50 big name brands including anchor tenants Primark, Dunnes Stores, Sports Direct/USC and Lidl. Located alongside the historic Newry Canal and close to the 4* Canal Court Hotel, the Centre offers lots of hot food options and over 1000 carparking spaces (including dedicated parent & child, disabled and E charging parking). A visit to Buttercrane promises a great day out, where you can shop and save in style.

The Quays Shopping Centre
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Quays Shopping Centre - Main Entrance

The Quays Shopping Centre is a major retail and leisure development situated in the heart of Newry, County Down. The complex overlooks the canal in the historic Albert Basin area of the City.