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Walking & Hiking in Ireland

"I offer private guided hiking for individuals, couples or small groups. I also take occasional open walks (minimum of 6 people)" Loretto

The hikes or walks are in the Mourne mountains, Glens of Antrim, the Causeway coast and Slieve Gullion. As a qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide I prefer to have a walk and talk approach to my tours -a walking trail with a tale

Also included are countryside walks in County Down.

"If you are looking for an experience and not just a destination, spend a day in the Mournes with Loretto." Jenn Dodds, USA

Greetings Loretto, from Mayo!
A note to thank you for the most enjoyable weekend we just spent with you. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Mourne mountains with you. Such fantastic landscape and all the more enjoyable for having it all explained by yourself. It was a pleasure and thank you very much. I do hope to return again some time.

Many thanks for a great day. It was superb. Liz

I really enjoyed the hike up meelmore and meelbeg. it is something that I would like to do again. Many thanks Gina

Loretto has guided for the BBC "Off the Beaten Track" TV Series


The Mourne Mountain range is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyMourne mountains

Visitors interested in the natural environment, wonderful scenery and built heritage will love the area. Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland, stands prominent, towering over Newcastle Bay.

A popular walking trail to the top of Slieve Donard is via the glen river or via Slieve Commedagh, the watchful mountain.

There are many routes in the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside. One trail known as the Smugglers' trail or Brandy Pad begins at the coast and goes through the mountains passing the Ben Crom reservoir and crossing through the Hares Gap.

High level hikes over the craggy tops of Slieve Binnian or Slieve Bearnagh provide opportunities for wonderful views. Other routes explore the interaction of the granite men with the Mourne mountains.

A family walk with a neolithic twist is to the top of Slieve Gullion. Great views from the top and an opportunity to see inside a Court Tomb.

If you prefer a lowland ramble then the Murlough Nature Reserve and Dundrum Bay trail offers gentle undulating terrain, an opportunity to do some bird watching and a visit to a norman castle

Close by the Cooley Mountains also offer great views and a feeling of remoteness. If you have time and energy after your walk the medieval town of Carlingford is worth exploring.

The Causeway walk along the North coast of Ireland to the world heritage site at the Giant's Causeway provides a mixture of superb cliff scenery and unusual geological features. Hear about the myths and legends of the area during your walk. This route is organised for group bookings.Fair Head in Ireland North


Go to the event guide for information on specific dates.


All routes can be tailor made to suit group bookings.

Contact Loretto, your local Blue Badge walking Guide for further information.

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


Advice for walkers.

Walks and hikes are offered at a variety of grades and you are advised to check if the route suits your fitness level.

You will need to wear hill walking boots with good ankle support and suitable socks for mountain hikes. A waterproof jacket which can also act as a windproof is essential. A small rucksack is required to carry your lunch and spare clothing.

BBC ONE NI featured the Mournes and walking in Northern Ireland with Loretto guiding on Slieve Bearnagh

"From the windswept wilderness on Fermanagh’s Cuilcagh Way to the Devil’s Coachroad in the Mourne Mountains and on to the rough and dynamic coastline of the north coast"



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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