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Booley and Butter - Mountain Ways Ireland

11A Cloughinney Road, Forkhill, County Armagh, BT35 9RY
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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

Seventh generation farmer, Brian Hoey, grew up inside a magical ring of hills that surround the beautiful heather clad Slieve Gullion Mountain. Through Brian, who is now an expert mountain leader, tour guide and seasoned forager, the forgotten past is awakened with masterfully shared stories of the millenia-old traditions and secrets of this ancient magical place.


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“Thank you to Brian and Lorraine for creating this excellent “Butter and Booley Tour”. The day was so well planned with a good mix of information, interesting stories and time to be alone with your own thoughts. 

Would highly recommend this tour when visiting the area, it will be a day well spent”​​​​​​.​ Ciara Crawley, TripAdvisor


During this four hour experience, step back in time as 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!” P. Mulkerns, TripAdvisor



- Welcome ‘Céad míle fáilte’ Tea or coffee.

- Visit Brian’s farmland home with digital visual display of ‘Booleying’ through the ages.

- Walk into a private 200-year-old half door stone cottage to see the original butter making tools and feel the past.

- Exclusive access along ancient drovers lanes to his neighbouring ‘Cargas’ Mountain Farm on Slieve Gullion’s lower slopes.

- Guided walking tour of the upland farm with an introduction to foraging and “booleying” (making butter).

- Walk through mountainside ‘lazy beds’ and learn how they were abandoned during the great famine of the 1840’s.

- Panoramic views in every direction of the stunning Ring of Gullion lanscape below.

- Visit the ‘booley’ site, an old stone enclosure used for centuries by cow herding girls and butter makers.

- Learn a craft and make your own butter.

- Enjoy an artisan picnic lunch at the Booley site with Brian’s delicous foraged treats.

- A small momento foraged gift courtesy of Mountain Ways Ireland.


The Booley and Mountain Side Shelter

This is where the magic happens – as long as the fairies allow!

You learn an ancient craft – how to make your own fresh country butter, how to wash , shape, roll and and season it. You are shown how to incorporate wild herbs that are free to forage right below your feet.

All of this is done on the mountain alongside the ancient ‘Booley’ shelter as it was for thousands of years.


It doesn’t get anymore authentic than this!

When the works done, sit back and relax in the mountain shelter with stunning views to the North of Slieve Gullion's summit dome and the Irish sea to the South.

Enjoy a delicous lunch of simply prepared traditional food, locally baked breads spread with your very own butter, wild foraged preserves, home made jams, natures delicacies all washed down with a freshly brewed mug of hot tea.


” In short, this was a very well organised and professional event which provided us with a wonderful experience. Thanks to Brian and Lorraine!!” Peter M, TripAdvisor


Additional Information:

- This is approximately a 4 hour experience.

- Just over 3km walking at a very gentle pace with plenty of stops along the way.

- There is a short uphill gradient, the walk is easily accessible for most levels of fitness, ages and ability however it is not suitable for people with limited levels of mobility – please contact us if you have any questions at all around this.

- The tour follows grassy country lanes and rough open hill side.

- Please note the grass in places may be long and wet underfoot so wear appropriate footwear with a good deep tread and something that will keep your feet dry – traditional walking sticks are provided for your convenience.

- This is for the most part an outdoors experience so please dress accordingly for the Irish weather. (eg raincoat, umbrella, warm clothing/sun cream.

- Each guest is asked to sign a simple consent and medical declaration form and also inform us in advance of any allergies or medical conditions which we should be aware of.

- Apologies but no dogs allowed with the exception of guide dogs.

- We are 5 * approved with the Food Standards Agency NI

- We are Covid certified ‘Good to Go’.

- Sorry No Refunds, however, where a validated positive PCR Covid result can be proven then we will happily apply credit for a future walk or you may choose to transfer your walk on the day to somebody else.

Grade: Easy / Moderate

Distance: 4 km

Duration:4 Hours

Dates: Early Spring - Late Autumn 



  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide dogs permitted

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available


  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce
  • Packed lunch available
  • Serve lunch

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Experience level - beginner
  • Family Fun
  • First Aid
  • Fitness level required - medium
  • Fully qualified instructors
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Insurance included
  • Lessons/courses available
  • Online Booking
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information
  • Workshop

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Deposit Reqired
  • Euros accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates - Please contact us for information
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit Accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals
  • In countryside - Beautifully located on the lower slopes of Slieve Gullion Mountain
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Max group size
  • Out of town
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Specialist Features

  • Activity breaks
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply
  • Family Discount - Please contact us for information
  • Min group size numeric qualifier
  • Packed lunches available

Guide Prices

Scheduled experiences can be found on our website via the upcoming events calendar and are priced at £ 67.50 PP (includes booking fee), this includes a delicious artisan outdoors lunch.
Family / Group discount available
Private experiences are priced according to the number in your group, you can contact us via e-mail or phone and subject to availability, we will be happy to quote a price.

All experiences must be paid for in full in advance.

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Opening Times

* We generally run from late February / early March through to the end of November.
Scheduled Experiences run from 10. 30 am - 2.30 pm.

We run a number of scheduled experiences throughout the year and are always open to private bookings.
Private booking times can be more flexible and changed to accommodate the group.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are located exactly halfway between Belfast and Dublin and just 5 minutes off the main North / South M1 Motorway.

Directions from either Belfast or Dublin – Travelling on the M1 Motorway, Exit through the Forkhill Exit, B113. This sign also directs visitors to Newry, W’point and the Mourne Coastal Route. From the slip road you will pick up the first sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park (4th exit from north, 1st exit from south). On the exit road you will pick up signs for Forkhill B113 and Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

After 1.5km you will pass a petrol station on the right and another on your left. A further 2.5 km will take you into the village of Meigh, after exiting Meigh and a further 1.5 km you will pass by the entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest. Continue on for a further 3 kms passing alongside the village of Drumintee. After passing the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on your left-hand side, continue for a further 500 metre being careful not to miss the next minor road, The Cloughinny Road, to your right.

Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers.There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.

(If you are coming from Jonesborough (Junction 18 on M1), take the road for 5 kms to Drumintee / Forkhill, turn  left when you reach the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on the corner of the B113. From the Three Steps Bar, its only 500 metres being careful not to miss the next minor road to your right, The Cloughinny Road. Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers. There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.)

Public Transport Directions

We are located exactly halfway between Belfast and Dublin and just 5 minutes off the main North / South Motorway.

45 minutes’ drive will take you from either Dublin or Belfast international airports.

There are regular train and bus connections between both Dublin / Belfast to either of our local towns of Newry or Dundalk.

Either of these towns are a 10-minute drive away and taxi transport can be arranged if you let us know in advance.

You will need car transport to arrive at our home and farm. There is ample free parking available for either car or small coach.


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