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Slieve Croob Scenic Loop

Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan, County Down, BT31 9BU
Slieve Croob

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Slieve Croob Scenic Loop explores a truly ancient landscape, much older than the high Mournes. The craggy peaks and rolling valleys were formed when an ancient ocean closed about 400 million years ago. The legacy of man's interaction with the landscape across millennia is very visible here.  

Legannany Dolmen is one of the most striking Bronze Age portal tombs in Ireland, with a huge granite capstone supported by three upright rocks. Nearby Binder’s Cove souterrain is an underground passage used as a place of refuge and occasionally for storage.  

The Slieve Croob area also provides some of the best panoramic views to the Mourne Mountains, while sites like Windy Gap also offers views south to the Cooley Mountains in Country Louth and Ring of Gullion in County Armagh. And as if that is not enough, a walk from Dree Hill car park to the summit of Slieve Croob, which can be navigated via a tarmac road, will be rewarded on a clear day with vistas over the Lecale Coast and Ards Peninsula to the Belfast Hills and the huge yellow cranes of Belfast Harbour. Did you know that the River Lagan, which flows to the sea at Titanic birthplace begins its journey on these very slopes? 




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Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Start your Journey inm  the beautiful town Castlewellan, County Down. Drive on past Castlewellan Forest Park follow the route up the Dromara Road, turn right onto the Carrigagh Road, enjoy the picturesque views of the Slieve Croob Scenic Loop, and follow the route back to Castlewellan to end your drive. 

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