Outdoor Ireland North


Location & Philosophy

'Be Active & Enjoy the Outdoor Environment'.

Outdoor Ireland North, with owner operated former lecturer Loretto specializes in small group guided mountain walking, lowland guided rambles in the countryside, guided cycling tours on quiet rural roads and Blue Badge guided tours. Enjoy your holiday in Ireland with the assistance of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

The Blue Badge is the UK's highest tourist guiding qualification

With use of the natural environment comes a responsibility to protect and safeguard sensitive areas. As a life member of Mourne Heritage Trust, Outdoor Ireland North is aware of the need to conserve the quality of the landscape for future generations and local community life.

Based in the Kingdom of Down, the Mourne Mountains are on our doorstep; An unspoiled mountain range designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Further north, Fair Head and the Giants Causeway offer stunning coastal cliff scenery and to the south the Cooley Mountains with the medieval town of Carlingford at their base.

Visitors on holiday in the North of Ireland will not be disappointed with the unspoiled rural scenery of hill and coast. There are numerous rural roads to explore by bike and hidden heritage sites to visit on route. Check the event guide for current information.

"The trip to the Mournes was really fantastic and I hope that I will return again" - Andreas

"Just a short note to thank you for your lovely company when we walked in the Mournes. I love the mountains, as you know, and its great to be with somebody that shares my passion. " John

Your Guide

Loretto, a former university college lecturer, is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and a qualified mountain leader with extensive experience of leading hikes in mountain environments and taking group cycling rides on country back roads. She loves to explore and has travelled worldwide, trekking in the Peruvian Andes, tramping in the wilderness area of New Zealand, hiking in the Rocky Mountains of North America and Canada, trekking to the base camps of Everest and K2 in the Himalayas, numerous hiking trips to different mountain ranges of Europe and of course all the mountain areas of Ireland.

Having a love for mountain and coastal scenery, overseas cycling trips have almost always been to islands and coastal regions. The first tour around the outer Hebrides of Scotland was followed by trips to the Norwegian Fiords, Corsica, Greece, Crete, Shetland and Orkney islands, New Zealand, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and the most recent, a short break to the west of Ireland.

With a background in 0utdoor Education Loretto takes a keen interest in environmental issues keeping up to date through membership of the Mountaineering Council of Ireland, Mourne Heritage Trust and Lecale Historical Society. Ornithology is a hobby and binoculars are an essential piece of equipment for all outings.


Outdoor Ireland North, 14 Shimnavale, Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0EF, Northern Ireland.
T: +44 (0)28 4372 5191 ~ M: +44 (0) 79 7340 8056 ~ E: loretto@outdoorirelandnorth.co.uk
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