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Life Adventure Centre

The Forest Park, Castlewellan, County Down, BT31 9BU
Paddling boarding on Castlewellan Lake

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Welcome to Irelands Outdoor Capital… Majestic mountains, dramatic coasts, stunning landscapes, enchanting forests and endless year-round adventure… the Mourne Mountains.

Whatever your next outdoor adventure, be it simply stand up paddle board hire, mountain bike hire, kayak hire or electric bike hire from our extensive range of equipment, creating your own adventure on a self-guided experience or maximising the adventure on a guided experience with our passionate guides.

Likewise, you could hone your rock climbing skills in the care of our professional coaches, explore more on one of our Coasteering tours in the company of our friendly guides, or you could join like-minded souls at one of our many Hill Walking events, or maybe you’ve something else in mind and want to go bespoke, please do share as we’re always ready for new adventures!

You might be a couple, a family, a group of friends, a bespoke tour or even a corporate group, either way, we’ll tailor the adventure to age, ability & itinerary, ultimately everything we do is by adventurers for you…

We are located in the Historic Castlewellan Demesne.

Simply Book, Go Further, See More & Feel Awesome!

 

Why not try one or more of our Top 5 experiences…

1.Go Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP is a simply awesome activity, especially with our top of the range SUP Boards on the sheltered yet stunning waters of Castlewellan Lake…  this is a must-try for adventurers of all ages and abilities. So, whether you simply want to stay and play in the Castle Bay or go with the flow and take on the Lake Trail, you’re guaranteed an awesome time… Simply Book & Go

 

2. Go Mountain Biking (MTB)

Mountain Biking or MTB is a simply awesome activity, especially with our top of the range Mountain Bikes on the incredible trails of the Castlewellan Trail Centre…  this is a must-try for adventurers of all ages and abilities. So, whether you’re simply building skills or seeking thrills, with miles of Green, Blue, Red or even Black routes, you’re guaranteed an awesome time… Simply Book & Go!

 

3. Go Kayaking

Sit On Top Kayaking a simply awesome activity, especially with our top of the range SOT Kayaks on the sheltered yet stunning waters of Castlewellan Lake…  this is a must-try for adventurers of all ages and abilities. So, whether you simply want to stay and play in the Castle Bay or go with the flow and take on the Lake Trail, you’re guaranteed an awesome time… Simply Book & Go!

 

4. Go Electric Biking

Electric Mountain Biking or E-MTB is a simply awesome activity, especially with our top of the range Electric Mountain Bikes on the incredible trails of the Castlewellan Trail Centre…  this is a must-try for adventurers of all ages (14+) and abilities. So, whether you’re simply building skills or seeking thrills, with the miles of Green, Blue, Red or even Black routes, you’re guaranteed an awesome time… Simply Book & Go!

 

5. Go Canoeing

Opening canoeing is a simply awesome activity, especially with our top of the range canoes on the sheltered yet stunning waters of Castlewellan Lake…  this is a must-try for adventurers of all ages and abilities. So, whether you simply want to stay and play in the Castle Bay or go with the flow and take on the Lake Trail, you’re guaranteed an awesome time… Simply Book & Go!

 

OUR CENTRE

Located in the stunning Castlewellan Forest Park, on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, our centre’s perfectly situated for a unique range of adventure activities… whether you wish to Go Further, See More or simply Feel Awesome!

From a warm welcome to warm showers and everything in between, we have you covered… from meeting our Team at our Centre, to receiving all the kit that you’ll need and full use of our centre facilities including changing/showering.

We’ve carefully restored a beautiful Courtyard property to provide all the comfort and function required while retaining the buildings unique character. Modern technologies have also enabled us to achieve a Carbon Neutral status, recognised by our ‘Gold’ Award from ‘Green Tourism UK’. Our standards also ensure that you’re always in safe hands, reinforced by our ‘Adventure Mark’ accreditation.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Activities accessible for visitors with disabilities
  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available

Catering

  • Cafe

Children & Infants

  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Family Fun
  • Fully qualified instructors
  • Groups accepted
  • Instructor training
  • Route maps available
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information
  • Wi-fi available

Leisure Facilities

  • Cycle hire
  • Outdoor activities

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Attraction

Guide Prices

See website for prices of all the various activities and special offers.

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Opening Times

* 7 days a week.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:From Castlewellan: Sign posted from Town Centre From Belfast: Take Donegall Square N/A1 and Adelaide St to Ormeau Rd/A24 Turn right onto Ormeau Rd/A24 Continue on Annadale Embankment to Ormeau Rd/A24 Follow A24 to Castlewellan Rd/A25 in Down Continue on A25 unti you reach Castlewellan. There will be a brown signpost for Castlewellan Forest Park - we are within the Grange Courtyard From Dublin: Get on M50 in Whitehall from N1 Take M1 to Belfast Rd in Newry and Mourne, United Kingdom. Take the exit toward A28/Newry/Downpatrick/A25 from A1 Take B8 to your destination 1 h 28 min (127 km) Hilltown, Newry Head northwest toward Newry Rd/B8 120 m Turn right onto B8 8.1 km Turn right onto Dublin Rd/A25 Continue to follow A25 7.4 km At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Main St/A25 In Castlewellan follow the signs for the Forest Park

Public Transport Directions

Nearest bus stop:CastlewellanNearest train station:Lisburn & Newry

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