Mourne Mountains

January - Slievenaglogh

Slievenaglogh stands at 586m high and is located close to Newcastle and Castlewellan. A steep climb from the Hares Gap to the summit rewards the climber with incredible views over Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Meelmore and Ben Crom Reservoir.

February - Bloody Bridge

This is probably one of the best known landmarks in south Sown and is located approximately three miles south of Newcastle on the Kilkeel Road. The area surrounding the bridge is beautiful, is extremely popular with walkers and backpackers and is an excellent location for bouldering. The name refers to a massacre at the site at the time of the 1641 rebellion.

March - Silent Valley

Ringed by the Mourne Mountains the Silent Valley is located in the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The reservoir finished in 1933 is the main water supply source for most of Co.Down and a large part of Belfast. It is a popular visitor attraction for hill walkers and site-seeing with around 50,000 visitors per year.

April - Hen Mountain

This peak standing at 354m forms part of the Mourne Mountain granite range. Hen Mountain along with Pigeon Rock Mountain and Cock Mountain are all peaks popular will hill walkers and rock climbers alike.

May - Bryansford

Bryansford is a small village in Co.Down situated on the northern side of Tollymore Forest Park halfway between Newcastle and Castlewellan. Tollymore Forest park covers 630 hectares and featured in season 1 of the Game Of Thrones. Kilcoo Parish Church in Bryansford was built by the Annesley family in 1712.

June - Slieve Bearnagh

Slieve Bernagh standing at 739 m high, is one of the most distinctive mountains in the Mournes and is renowned for the granite tors on its summit. The Mourne Wall crosses the summit of Slieve Bernagh east to west.

July - Slieve Meelmore Summit

Derived from Irish and translating to “The Big Bare Mountain”, Slieve Meelmore reaches 682m on which the Mourne Wall leads to the summit. At the summit, a tower can be found which was probably built to give shelter to the workmen who constructed the wall itself.

August - Tollymore Forest Park

Covering an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Tollymore Forest Park offers stunning views of nearby Newcastle. The Shimna rivers flows through the park, with 16 bridges, the earliest dating back to 1726, this is a popular spawning ground for trout and salmon . It also featured as the” Haunted Forest” from the popular TV Series of Game of Thrones.

September - Cloughmore Stone

Locally known as the “Big Stone”, this is a huge boulder weighing approx 50 tonne, it is located about 1000 feet above the village of Rostrevor on the slopes of Slieve Martin at the highest point on the Cloughmore Trail. Legend has it that the giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill threw it from the opposite side of Carlingford Lough at a rival giant. In reality, the stone was deposited by retreating ice during the last ice age approx. 10,000 years ago.

October - St. Jonh's Lighthouse

Located on the northern tip of Dundrum Bay close to Killough, St Johns Point Lighthouse has been in operation since 1844. It was designed by George Halpin and is decorated with vibrant bands of black and yellow. Reaching 40 metres high, the lighthouse has been fully automated since 1981. St Johns Point was also the site of one of the earliest Christian churches in Ireland.

November - Mourne Cottage

An iconic cottage in the heart of the Mournes, it featured in the popular TV show “Game of Thrones” In this photograph, the sun is setting with the mountains in the background, creating a unique shadow over the cottage. This cottage would have been typical of a traditional farmers dwelling during the 19th and early 20th century.

December - Slieve Lough Shannagh


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