Hiking Trails in Newcastle, County Down

You won’t be disappointed if you want to experience the outdoors and nature during your stay at The Briers. With the Mourne Mountains as your backdrop, there are plenty of hiking trails in Newcastle County Down to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll or a challenging hike, we’ve got it all here!

Hiking at the Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland are known for their stunning beauty and wildness. With deep valleys, hidden lakes, and sharp ridges, the mountain range is a perfect spot for hikers looking to explore some of nature’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. From beginner-level hikes to more challenging ascents, you can explore the area’s unique environment and take in its breathtaking views.

Slieve Donard

This is the highest peak in Northern Ireland and offers stunning panoramic views from its summit. The most popular route starts at the Donard Car Park in Newcastle and follows the Glen River Path to the summit.

Slieve Binnian

This trail takes you to the impressive granite tors known as the “Back Castles” on Slieve Binnian. The ascent can be challenging, but the views of the surrounding landscape and the Irish Sea are well worth the effort.

The Brandy Pad

This historic trail follows an old smuggling route through the mountains. It runs along the base of the peaks and offers a more moderate hike compared to some of the higher summits.

Silent Valley Reservoir

This area provides various walking paths around the reservoir and through the surrounding hills. The reservoir itself is a picturesque spot surrounded by mountains.

The Mourne Wall Walk

This challenging long-distance trail covers over 22 miles and takes you along the iconic Mourne Wall, which was constructed in the early 20th century. It crosses several summits and provides a comprehensive mountain experience.

Hiking at Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park is an absolutely breathtaking and magical spot nestled at the base of the majestic Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland.

It boasts an array of picturesque walking trails that meander through ancient woodlands, follow the scenic Shimna River, and even grant you entry to the lower slopes of the Mournes.

Mountain Trail

This trail will lead you up into the lower slopes of the magnificent Mourne Mountains. It’s a bit of a challenging hike, but trust me, the views of the surrounding landscape and the Irish Sea will make it all worthwhile.

Along the way, you’ll pass through charming woodlands and gradually ascend, giving you a taste of the enchanting mountain environment. So go ahead, lace up your boots and embark on this unforgettable adventure!

Bryansford Meadow Trail

This trail is absolutely perfect for families! It begins right from the main car park, so it’s super convenient. As you stroll through the beautiful meadow, get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking mountain views. If you’re in the mood for a shorter, more relaxed walk, this trail is an excellent choice.

Drinns Trail

This awesome trail offers a delightful mix of forest and riverside walking, leading you right through the heart of Tollymore Forest Park. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover the amazing variety of plant life and soak in the serene surroundings.

Priest’s Bridge Trail

This trail takes you along the beautiful Shimna River, passing by the iconic and picturesque Priest’s Bridge. It’s a fairly short walk, but trust me, it’s packed with charm and natural beauty. You’re in for a real treat!