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Walking in Northern Ireland has lots of variety from hikes in the Mourne mountains to coastal walks along the Giant's Causeway and Fair Head.

HIKE SLIEVE DONARD the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains.


"A big thank you for giving me an informative and friendly guide up Slieve Donard. I really enjoyed the whole experience, views and company. It will linger in the memory for a long time." Paul Matthews, NZ

Loretto, an experienced mountain walks leader and Blue Badge Tour Guide has guided in the Mournes for the BBC Programme 'Off The Beaten Track'

Hi Loretto,

I just wanted to thank you again for taking me on the hike through the Tollymore Forest Park and to see the Norman castle on my recent visit to Ireland. I just got my pictures back, and there were some terrific ones of that day (I attached my favorite one from the castle!). I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful estate and the varied terrain of the Mourne Mountains, and enjoyed talking with you as well. LAURIE,USA

Mountain walks

I am a local guide who takes private guided hikes and walks for individuals, couples and groups.

I offer occasional open hikes in the Mourne Mountains for a minimum of 6 people.

Shorter walks and occasional Family walks are included during the summer months.

The Mourne mountain range has a large number of access points offering a wide variety of routes. Slieve Donard can be hiked from different starting points providing an interesting round trip. If you enjoy craggy tops, I recommend Slieve Binnian or Slieve Bearnagh.

Bookings must be made in advance of the walk date

Participants should bring a packed lunch, including fluid to drink, and wear appropriate footwear and clothing for mountain hikes.

Weather can change rapidly in mountain environments and may influence the choice of route particularly in winter conditions.

Walks are graded according to height gain, distance and pace. Most of my walks are at a relaxed pace giving you time to enjoy the scenery.

Family walks are always at an easy pace. Walks will be ajusted if necessary to suit the children. Children must be accompanied by a legally responsible adult. Contact Loretto for further information.


Next open walk will be in March/April 2016    
  • If you do not know where the meeting point is just ask Loretto for directions
  • The mourne Rambler bus operates in the summer with stops for Trassey and Carrick Little Car Parks. Check out times and details at www.translink.co.uk
  • Other dates available for individuals or small independent group bookings.

    For further information Contact Loretto

The mountain hikes below are a few examples of day hikes and multi day trips.

Hike Slieve Donard

The highest peak in Northern Ireland with wonderful views from the summit. A variety of routes lead to the top of this peak.


Slieve Binnian & Blue lough

One of the craggy tops in the Mournes overlooking the Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs



Discover the human history of the Mourne Mountains by following the Brandy Pad through the mountains.

Slieve Bearnagh

There are many attractive routes to this magnificent craggy peak. You are rewarded with great views from the summit tor.

Meelmore & Meelbeg

The Mourne wall runs along the top of these two peaks. The Mourne wall took 18 years to build and is 22 miles long. It is worth seeing

Slieve Commedagh

The watchful mountain and Slieve Donards' neighbour. Great views of the Inner Mournes from the summit.



Hike in two contrasting areas with wonderful sea views on at least two of the walks.

For group bookings, minimum 6


Slieve Gullion

This walk is suitable for a family outing. There is a passage tomb on the top. It is in an area of historical, geological and mythical interest






A Family Hike


Children enjoying a hike at their level.

Family walks are at an easy pace.



Family walks

Take your family on a guided hike

There are small hills in the Mournes suitable for children to hike

Make it a fun day in the hills

Pace of the walk will be suited to the level of children

Discount available for groups of 8+

+44 (0)79 7340 8056


Winter Days in the Mourne Mountains

Mourne Mountains in WinterMourne Mountain view in Winter
contact Loretto on 079 7340 8056

All day hikes can be tailored to suit group bookings.

Please check with Loretto for available dates.

email loretto@outdoorirelandnorth.co.uk



Outdoor Ireland North, 14 Shimnavale, Newcastle, County 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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