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Are you planning some day trips for this half term? Great, we have you sorted!  Plan your visit to the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion. We are home to striking landscapes, forest parks with plenty of walking trails, and lots of fun activities to keep you entertained. Here are some of the things you can get up to during your visit.  

Fantastic Forest Parks in Mourne Gullion Strangford

Mourne Gullion and Strangford is full of beautiful gardens and parklands to explore, Castlewellan Forest Park is famous for its large peace maze, one of the biggest in Europe. Enjoy a family walk around the lake or up to the beautiful Castlewellan Arboretum and Ansley Gardens.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park is another popular destination for families with young children. Fionn's Giant adventure is a magical walk at Slieve Gullion Forest Park and you can let the kiddos burn of some energy in the Adventure playpark.  

Tollymore Forest Park is a much-loved, nature haven for its beautiful flora and bustling river. It is a great day out for avid walkers, perfect for a memorable day to snap some photographs.

Pack up a picnic and take a trip to Delamont Country Park. Enjoy a day out in the park with the whole family. There's plenty of room for the dog to have fun on your trip to Delamont in the dog play area, let your pup run free, off lead, in a secure enclosure.

Kilbroney Forest Park offers exhilarating mountain bike trails for biking enthusiasts, tackle the trails giving your whole body and mind a complete workout. Enjoy the magnificent views over Rostrevor Forest and coastal scenes.

There are plenty of things to do this mid-term. For more options have a look on our What's On section or Things to Do.                                                                          

Have a great mid-term break.

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.

Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Gardens
View of the Annesley Walk in Castlewellan Forest Park

The Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden is situated north of the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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.

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
Children being photographed in 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.

Tollymore Forest Park
Forest Parks
Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle and is open to the public all year. Tollymore Forest covers an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.