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The Slieve Roosley landscape could be described as the ‘hidden Mournes' and has formed part of the inspiration for author C.S Lewis, who spent boyhood holidays in Rostrevor, in his creation of the magical world of Narnia. It is an open landscape of windswept hilltops, more intimate valleys, and foothills, interspersed with small villages and, along the glens, a mixture of homesteads and farms.
Rostrevor oak wood is one of the few remaining native oak woodlands in Ireland and, along with the more recently planted Rostrevor and Yellow Water forests, offers peaceful walks. Leitrim Lodge and Hen Mountain is one of the smallest of the Mourne Mountains but its summit, with its distinctive granite tors, presents an almost lunar landscape popular with rock climbers as well as walkers. Nearby Hiltown was the reputed destinations of many the 18th and 19th century smugglers who were said to have shared out their contraband here, having transported it across the mountains on ponies from the coast near Newcastle, via the ‘Brandy Pad’. It remains a good place for refreshment – now entirely legal of course!
Coyle’s Hill at the top of the Yellow River above Hiltown offers a truly spectacular view over the Slieve Roosley and the high Mournes.
- Picnic Area
- Accommodation nearby
- Outdoor Attraction