The mountains of Mourne are one of the most picturesque mountain areas in Ireland.
There are 12 peaks over 2000 feet high, including Northern Ireland's highest mountain, Slieve Donard. Uniquely for a mountain range, most of the summits are grouped together in an area only seven miles broad. Both the Mournes northern boundary at Newcastle and southern at Rostrevor are distinguished by steep slopes which dominate the coast.
The mountain area remains uninhabited and without roads preserving the quality of uspoiled wilderness. Miles of winding paths, many of them old quarry tracks, lead high through the hills and make it possible to discover and enjoy their spectacular scenery.
There are a wide variety of walks for people of all abilities and interests, within the Aera of Outstanding Beauty. If you enjoy a short stroll with the family, walks are available at the Forest Parks, Silent Valley, Murlough Nature Reserve, the coastal path at Bloody Bridge, or along the beach at Newcastle, Cranfield or Warrenpoint.
If you are more adventurous there are a number of long distance walking routes available.