Yes, we know. Mountain ranges are often described as magical – but when it comes to the Mourne Mountains, no other word will do.
“I have seen landscapes which, under a particular light, made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge,” wrote CS Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia. “Nature has that in her which compels us to invent giants: and only giants will do.”
Lewis grew up in Belfast, and made regular visits to Northern Ireland throughout his life. On one such trip, taking a walk near Rostrevor, he confided to his brother that the mountainous landscape overlooking Carlingford Lough was his idea of Narnia.
Travel through the Mourne Mountains yourself, scale Slieve Donard, explore the follies, grottos and Celtic myths packed into their peaks and folds, and you’ll soon see the fantasy unfold. You may even feel like you’ve stepped through a wardrobe yourself.