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Spelga Dam

Kilkeel Road, Hilltown, County Down, BT34 5XL
Spelga Dam from Pigeon Rock Mountain

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Spelga Dam Reservoir sits in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, located approximately 10 miles outside of Newcastle, County Down.  A man-made reservoir built in the 1950s by the Belfast engineering firm, R Ferguson and Son.  It supplies water to Portadown and Banbridge.  It occupies an area known as Deers Meadow and impounds the River Bann.  The reservoir car park provides a stunning, peaceful lookout over the glassy reservoir and is surrounded by the beautiful mountains.



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  • Car parking

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  • In countryside

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

How to get there from Newcastle

Follow the Mourne Coastal Route (A2) out of Newcastle turn right onto the Quarter Road follow the High Mournes Scenic Loop, drive straight on till you pass Silent Valley and follow the route until you approach Kilkeel Road turn left and follow this road for 0.7 miles and the carpark is on your left. It offers many short walks around the area but do try out the family friendly walk of Slievenamuck adjacent to the main carpark.

Public Transport Directions

Book a seat on Mourne Shuttle Service 

To book the Mourne Shuttle Service, call:

Kevin: 073 6852 9714

Peter: 075 1641 2076


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