Mountain and hill walks

Outdoor Ireland North

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14 Shimnavale Newcastle, Co Down,
T: +44(0)79 7340 8056
E: loretto@outdoorirelandnorth.co.uk

Outdoor Ireland North specialises in small group guided mountain hikes, countryside walks and ...

Outdoor Ireland North specialises in small group guided mountain hikes, countryside walks and road cycling trips. 'Be Active & Enjoy the Outdoor Environment'. With use of the natural environment comes a responsibility to protect and safeguard sensitive areas.

Based in Mourne Country we have the Mourne Mountains on our doorstep to discover on foot and an expanse of coastal and rural roads to explore by bike. Further north, Fair Head and the Giants Causeway offer stunning coastal cliff scenery.

Loretto, a former university college lecturer, is a qualified mountain leader and Blue Badge Tourist Guide with extensive experience of leading hikes in mountain environments and taking group bike rides on country roads.

The Mourne Mountain range is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and will not disappoint visitors interested in the natural environment, built heritage and wonderful scenery. Dry stone walls are a common feature of the area. Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland, stands prominent, towering over Newcastle Bay. After the hike it is always pleasant to relax in one of the cafes or bars.

There are many routes in the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside. High level hikes over the craggy tops of Slieve Binnian or Slieve Bearnagh provide opportunities for wonderful views or if you prefer a lowland ramble then the Murlough Nature Reserve and Dundrum Bay trail offers gentle undulating terrain and opportunity to do some bird watching.

County Down has a vast network of quiet minor roads which allows for a wide variety of cycling routes from easy grades along the coast to the more challenging High Mountain Circuit. Cycling is an ideal way of exploring the history of the area as well as enjoying the scenery on offer.