The Mourne Mountains, Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough offers an unforgettable backdrop for your next holiday. Whether you are a couple searching for a romantic getaway, a family looking for some valued quality time together, or adventure seekers wanting to be engulfed in nature, there's something suited for everyone.

Romantic Retreat for Couples

What could be more perfect than a romantic getaway in the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion destination. Enjoy a romantic spa break at the Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa, treat yourselves to a memorable stay in Newcastle County Down. There is lots to do, and everything is within a stone throw away, you certainly won't be short of romance.  Savour a delicious, candle lit meal in one of the area's many restaurants and make memories walking in the beautiful Mourne Mountains.

Fairy Hill Cottage in Castlewellan has superb views, perfect for catching a glimpse of the sun setting over the Mourne Mountains. It is a beautiful stone-built cottage dating back to the late 18th century, ideal for couples wanting a romantic weekend away. Also close by, there are lots of walking opportunities, and where better to end up after a hard days walking than in Whitewater Brewery  They offer a brewery tour accompanied by a delicious pizza in their tap room after your tour.

Killeavy Castle Estate offers couples many things to enjoy and experience. Pamper yourselves with rejuvenating spa treatments, relax by the pool, indulge in an evening meal, savouring the delicious top-quality food in the on-site restaurant. Explore the guest walks located throughout the grounds. Walks have been created to allow you to enjoy the scenic aspects throughout the Estate.

The Cuan in the heart of Strangford, is perfect for couples looking for a romantic relaxing getaway and you should definitely pop into the Artisan Restaurant for a drink and a delicious meal of freshly prepared local cuisine.

Picture the scene of waking up each day with the amazing coastal views of Strangford Lough.  This area of outstanding natural beauty will not disappoint, the scenery is outstanding but this small village is also known for its delicious restaurants so you will never be short of a romantic dinner setting in Strangford. Take a trip along the lough with Strangford Sea Safari, if you get lucky you might even see some seals or the resident lough dolphins!

Family Fun in Mourne Gullion Strangford

If its family fun you prefer then create cherished family fun filled memories with a holiday in our beautiful destination. We have lots of things to do to keep the whole family entertained from forest parks, golf, experiences, museums, activities, shows and shopping.

If you would like to tackle the outdoor lifestyle for a holiday, we have plenty of caravan and camping sites to accommodate your family trip.  Book a pitch in Castlewellan Forest Park, a picturesque forest park with plenty of activities available on site from the Life Adventure Centre.  Mount Pleasant trekking centre is also just a short distance away, experience a new family activity and get everyone trekking down the trails of the forests on a horse or pony, which are available to suit children of all ages. 

In Rostrevor, Kilbroney Caravan Park is situated in a stunning location, where mountain, stream, sea and valley create a scenic wonderland.  It is nestled within the shadow of Slieve Martin and the Mountains of Mourne. Just outside Kilbroney Park take the forest drive and hike to the Cloughmore stone for some beautiful scenic views of Carlingford Lough.

Or if you would like to experience the glamourous side to camping, settle into the unique, well equipped glamping pods set in scenic surroundings at Further. Space at Kinelarty. This is the ultimate rural glamping holiday for the whole family, even the dog too!  Located just a short drive from Ballynahinch and Downpatrick, with lots nearby to keep everyone entertained.

Pop over for a trip to Montalto Estate and appreciate the beautiful scenery, let the kids play in the playpark, or relax with a coffee and it is even dog friendly. Or have you 'hard to entertain' teenagers? Experience a thrilling day at Predator Airsoft, Ballynahinch, get competitive and have a fun filled day with the family.

Almost like a home away from home Murphys lodge in Silverbridge Newry, is the perfect retreat to explore the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion area on your family holiday. This family friendly location in the countryside is best suited for big families and large groups. There is a huge amount of amenities to keep the whole family entertained.  Enjoy the luxury of the spa, hot tub and sauna available, a spacious garden to relax in and there is a little play area available for young children.  Only a stone's throw away you will find the beautiful Slieve Gullion Forest Park. The adventure playpark is a magical, fun experience for children to burn off some energy. Newry City is only a few miles away and will cater for all your shopping needs, cinema trips, swimming or dining in delicious bars and restaurants. 

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Maybe you would prefer an adventurous holiday in the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion.  This area is a haven for nature enthusiasts, find your ideal walking destination, hike through the mountains, explore the forest parks, speed through bike trails or cast a line and catch the biggest fish. With a wide variety of options, throughout the Mourne Gullion and Strangford area you are not short of an adventure each day of your trip!

Greenvale Cabins, nestled at the foot of Slieve Gullion, is a unique location with beautiful rural log cabins surrounded by stunning scenery situated on a farmland.  It's the perfect base for walkers and mountain trekkers. Picture a cabin with a cosy balcony, BBQ areas, a private luxury hot tub and drinks area, all the ideal essentials for rest and relaxation after a day of exploring the Ring of Gullion.  Take a trip to Slieve Gullion Forest Park so you can enjoy a beautiful walk, discover the trails, see some wildlife and try some tasty treats from their onsite cafe. There are plenty of things to do nearby to suit your preferences.

Situated on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough, is The Cuan, a luxury coastal boutique hotel which also now features Cuan House a self-catering holiday home. These are ideal spots for you to stay if you want to be close to all things outdoorsy, perfect for a group of avid walkers, couples who like to explore and families who love outdoor activities. Upon exploring it's not hard to see why Strangford has earned its titled as an area of outstanding beauty. A short drive away from your accommodation is Castle Ward, a National Trust Estate, superb for a day out. Conquer at least one of the six enjoyable trails for walkers, cyclists and riders, with a choice of difficulty and distance.

Step into a fantasy world of castles and dragons as you explore the Georgian farmyard and the lough shore, film locations for the hit television series Game of Thrones®. Castle Ward also offers lots of outdoor fun with the Clearsky Adventure Centre, kayak along the Strangford Lough, try your hand at archery, take a boat tour or one of many other activities available there.

Located on the hills of Saul outside Downpatrick, Saul Lodges may be your ultimate holiday accommodation.  Wake up each morning to breathtaking views of Saul Countryside. Each lodge is comfortable and cosy, featuring its own lovely wood-fired hot tub essential for rest and relaxation after a day of being outdoors.  The Barn Bar and Restaurant is a 2-minute walk away from your accommodation, and they also offer takeaway if you fancy a night in.

In this area of Mourne Gullion and Strangford you are very close to many activities, local history and quaint towns to keep you busy exploring on your holiday. St Patrick's Way Stables is close by so why not try out some horse riding on quiet countryside lanes, there are treks available to suit all levels.

For the enthusiastic fishermen and women who want to spend a day out in the fresh air doing some fishing, a 5-minute drive away is the picturesque Lough Money, stocked with rainbow trout, pike and perch, the fishing season runs from February to December.

If you enjoy long walks on the beach then take a drive to Ballyhornan, a scenic beach surrounded with greenery and cliffs. This beautiful beach has plenty of walking opportunities, many avid walkers will take on the entire Lecale Way. Maybe you will decide to bring some paddle boards or kayaks on your trip, it is ideal location to paddle the waves!

In summary there are many wonderful holiday destinations in the Mourne Mountains and Ring of Gullion area you’ll never be short of picturesque views, sandy beaches, rich history, fun activities, superb events, delicious local restaurants, and cosy accommodation. So get planning your perfect trip to this wonderful region!

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
Hotel
Slieve Donard Exterior

A beloved destination for families, golfers, and holiday travellers, Slieve Donard is a local landmark that’s equal parts homey and breath-taking. The resort sits at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, on the edge of Royal County Down Golf Club, ranked no. 1 in the world by Golf Digest.

Fairy Hill Cottage
Self-Catering
Fairy Hill Cottage

Fairy Hill Cottage is a beautiful stone-built cottage dating back to the late 18th century and is in a great location for escaping the hustle and bustle, perfect for avid walkers, exploring the outdoors, or for a romantic getaway.

Whitewater Brewery Tours and Tap Room
Brewery/Distillery Tour
Whitewater Brewery Tours and Tap Room

Join us for a look around our brewery, see how we make some of our award winning brews, then head back to the Tap House where you can try some ales and hear some tales.

Killeavy Castle Estate
Hotel
Aerial view of Killeavy Castle Estate. A luxury Hotel Spa destination in Newry, Northern Ireland.

Welcome to Killeavy Castle Estate, the perfect antidote to the modern fast paced world. Named winner of the Luxury Castle Hotel (Europe) Award at the prestigious World Luxury Awards 2021, it’s the ideal place to escape and unwind, and is located just 10 minutes outside Newry City.

The Cuan
Inn
The Cuan Bedrooms

The Cuan is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, on the Village Green in the beautiful tranquil village of Strangford. The Cuan is the perfect setting for a mid-week break, weekend getaway or an activity led holiday with the family.

Cuan House
Self-Catering
Cuan House

Ideal for large families, groups of friends, wedding guests, golfers and sailors etc. Close to National Trust properties, wedding venues, golf clubs, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants etc

Strangford Sea Safari
Boat Tours
Strangford Sea Safari

12 seater high speed Rib trips in Strangford Lough area. Managed by the Clearsky Adventure Centre, we offer tours with a difference along this stunning coastline. Visit the seals, Islands, Shipwreck, Sea Gen and pumping whirlpools of ...

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.

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!

Mount Pleasant Trekking Centre
Equestrian
Mount Pleasant Trekking Centre

Mount Pleasant Treking Centre offer forest rides through Castlewellan Forest Park with stunning scenery, also extended routes i.e. two hours experienced sessions half day and full day. Beach Rides - experienced only. So if you prefer a gentle trot along the waters edge or an exciting gallop through the sands with the additional bonus of the sea breeze, we will arrange it for you.

Kilbroney Park
Forest Parks
Kilbroney Park

Kilbroney Park Forest 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.

Further.Space at Kinelarty
Guest Accommodation
Further.Space at Kinelarty

The Kinelarty glamping pods are just a short drive from the historic town of Downpatrick, widely known for associations with Saint Patrick. The pods are cosy, comfortable and in the heart of County Down where you can easily explore what the area has to offer.

Montalto Estate
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Picture of Montalto House, Montalto Lake and Boathouse all within Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch.

Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch is a mystical and enchanting estate, set in magnificent natural surroundings. Visitor experience includes access to the estate's beautiful gardens; historic walks and trails and an exciting play area where children can engage, explore and learn.

Murphys Lodge
Self-Catering
Murphys Lodge
Adventure Playpark at Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Adventure Park / Playground
Children enjoying the adventure playpark at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

The perfect start to any family trip to Slieve Gullion Forest Park begins with a stop off at the action-packed Adventure Playpark, which is guaranteed to keep kids of all ages delighted and thoroughly entertained.

Greenvale Cabins - Meadows
Self-Catering
Greenvale Cabins, Meadows

Charming bespoke log cabin Apartments set in a thriving equestrian farm, at the foot of the spectacular Slieve Gullion Mountain, in the Heart of the famous Ring of Gullion, an area recognised for its natural outstanding beauty.

Castle Ward
The National Trust
Castle Ward

Discover a place of contrasts and creativity at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion and estate looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down where visitors can explore cultivated gardens, sheltered woodland and the shoreline.

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.

Saul Lodges
Guest Accommodation
Saul Lodges

Luxury Glamping Lodges perched on the hills of Saul.

St Patrick's Way Stables
Equestrian
St Patrick's Way Stables

Horse & Pony Trekking on quiet country lanes, paths and tracks.