The Silent Valley
One of Northern Ireland’s favorite attractions. Damned in 1920 and said to have got its name due to the prolonged noise during building causing the birds to flee never to return. It provides households with up to 30 million gallons of water per day.

Mourne Wall
It took over 18years to build between 1904 – 1922. Enclosing the catchment area of the Silent Valley and stands in places 8ft high and 3ft wide. It is 22 miles long and connects the summits of 15 mouintains.

Spelga Dam
An excellent resting place whilst journeying through the Mournes. Discover the mysterious Magnetic Hill in the vicinity.

Goward Dolmen (Pat Kearney’s Big Stone)
Located 2 miles North East of Hilltown on the B8 Hilltown-Castlewellan Road. This hugh granite capstone measures 13ft x 10ft x 5ft and covers a single chamber.

Stone Ditches
The stone ditches seen everywhere in Mourne were built by farmers to clear their land of boulders left behind by the Ice Age. The skill of dry stone walling is still handed down from generation to generation and is still very much in demand today.

Greencastle ‘Castle of the Fair Green’
Greencastle is a small hamlet located on the mouth of Carlingford Lough and was once the capital of Mourne. It is dominated by a Medieval Fortress built in the 13th century to secure the routeway into Ulster from Carlingford. Local legend has it that ‘Black House Island’ which lies in the middle of the Lough is connected by a tunnel to the castle.

Dunnaman Court Grave ‘Giant’s Grave’.
An unusually long Burial Gallery built from split granite and jamb stones. Access is via a footpath beside Massforth Parochial House on the Kilkeel-Newry road (A2).

Annalong Cornmill
Ireland’s most picturesque Cornmill is situated at Annalong Harbour. Built in the early 1800’s operated until the 1960’s.Guided tours take place regularly and visitors can see how flour and oatmeal used to be produced, they can also experience grinding their own corn.

Newcastle
The seaside town of Newcastle has an adventure playground with an outdoor heated leisure pool with giant waterslides for all ages and paddling pools for the toddlers. There is something for everyone, a boating pool, bowling green, tennis courts and mini golf. A 5 mile long beach and a harbour filled with sailing boats of all sizes.

Bloody Bridge
The Bloody Bridge is situated approximately 2 miles south of Newcastle on the A 2 coastal road and has a car park, toilets and picnic area. It was the site of a massacre of some 24 prisoners of Conn Magennis in 1641 who were being escorted from Newry to Downpatrick in exchange for prisoners held by Loyalists. Local folklore recalls that the river flowed red for days afterwards.

Tollymore Forest Park Bryansford Road, Newcastle Tel: 028 4372 2428
Tollymore Forest park offers a wide range of walks and scenic views. Pony trekking is available by arrangement. Rich and varied bird life is abundant throughout the forest and it’s resident wild mammals include deer, badgers, foxes and red squirrels.

The Peace Maze
Just outside Newcastle at Castlewellan Forest Park is the world’s largest and longest permanent hedge maze. There are over 2 miles of convoluted path to get lost in. Aim for the central viewing area where you can ring the Peace Bell, you will also be rewarded with the most spectacular panoramic view of the beautiful Mourne Mountains.

Mountain Walks
Slieve Donard is Northern Irelands highest peak (2,796 ft). Can be accessed from Donard Park which provides free car parking and picnic facilities. There are several marked walkways, the most dramatic following the route of the Glen River through the forest and into the heart of the Mournes.

Murlough National Nature Reserve
An area covered by sand dunes, moor and woodland surrounded by sea. Rich in flora, fauna and wildlife. Located a few miles on the main Belfast road out of Newcastle.