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Cranfield Beach is set in an idyllic location at the mouth of Carlingford Lough, with the picturesque Mourne Mountains as a back. Since the introduction of the prestigious European Blue Flag award in 1987, Cranfield has been continually recognised as a beach that meets strict criteria for water quality and environmental management.
The Silent Valley Reservoir is a reservoir located in the Mourne Mountains near Kilkeel, County Down in Northern Ireland. It supplies most of the water for County Down, surrounding counties and most of Belfast.
Discover and uncover the rich heritage of Kilkeel through through walking its streets and working harbour. www.visitkilkeel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Kilkeel-Tourist-map.pdf
The Carlingford Lough Ferry links the historic and mythical Irelands Ancient East, from the Cooley Mountains to the Gateway of Northern Ireland, to the majestic Kingdom of Mourne. Your passage way to adventure and discovery with Irelands newest, must do visitor attractions. Sailing from Greenore, Co Louth & Greencastle, Co Down with echoes of Vikings, Medieval Castles, C S Lewis inspiration for Narnia, Celtic myths and legends, Leprechauns, stunning scenery, world renowned Royal County Down Golf Course, walking, cycling & outdoor activities, seals, birdlife, artisan food & a fantastic friendly welcome, this is not to be missed.
The forest features riverside walks and an arboretum. There is a two-mile forest drive to panoramic views over Carlingford Lough. There is also a Play Park with children's play area and tennis courts, an Information area and a cafe. The forest drive leads to a car park from where walkers have the opportunity to climb to Cloughmore or 'the big stone', a 30ton erratic, which sits at approx 1000ft above Rostrevor.
The capital of the Kingdom of Mourne is home to the largest fishing fleet in Ireland and Seascope Lobster Hatchery and Marine Centre is located within. Seascope is Northern Ireland’s first ever Lobster and Marine Hatchery Research Centre is a marine research, education and visitor centre based in Kilkeel Harbour area www.seascopehatchery.com
Opposite the Carlingford Scenic Ferry terminal and located on high ground overlooking Carlingford Bay, you will see Greencastle Castle which dates back to the 13th Century. The castle was one of the main English Fortresses in Ireland and in the 14th Century was assaulted and taken by Edward Bruce, during the conquest of Ulster. The castle claims to have a ghost who was banished to the Red Sea for 520 years. It would spoil the surprise of perhaps meeting it if it was revealed how long ago the banishment took place. Legend has it that the Block House Island which lies in the middle of the Lough is connected by a tunnel to the castle. South of the castle are the ruins of the original Anglo-Norman church. A mound close to the castle can also be seen which was thought to be where the inauguration ceremonies of the ancient chieftains were held. The castle is open to public at certain times of the year, mainly Easter and the Summer.
Tollymore Forest Park covers an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne mountains offering stunning views of sea at nearby Newcastle. The park is a fantastic area for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning/camping, horse riding and orienteering and has a fantastic Nature Play Space for the kids.
In the 1940s war came to Cranfield and the wider Mourne area with the friendly invasion of US troops who were sent here in preparation for the allied invasion of Europe. The rugged, green countryside soon rang to the sounds of American accents and the rumble of Second World War aircraft. The GI Trail aims to expose this fascinating era by mapping out the sites at which the American GIs were located, telling the stories of the men who called the Mournes and Northern Ireland their home for a short time and exploring the unique legacy they left behind. Parts of the airfield can be seen within Chestnutt and Loughside Holiday Parks including the runway and concrete walls that you see along the roads and field boundaries. So step back in time with our trail and retrace the footsteps of the American GIs!] https://gitrailni.com/
This picturesque seaside village is nestled at the foot of the Mournes, offering coastal walks and easy access to the mountains. It is home to a small in-shore skiff fishing fleet and one of Irelands most striking Cornmills which overlooks the harbour.
The Beachcomber is our onsite restaurant, bistro and takeaway at Chestnutt Holiday Park. Meet up with friends and family over a cooked breakfast, mid morning scone, panini or some delicious fish and chips. Open Mon-Sat during July and August. From Easter onwards open on Fri and Sat.
Royal County Down Golf Club is a golf club in Northern Ireland, located in Newcastle, County Down. It opened 129 years ago 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links
Discover the SS Connemara and SS Retriever Heritage Trail which was Carlingford Lough's worst maritime disaster were 94 lives were lost when the two ships collided in treacherous weather conditions on Carlingford Lough, 3 November 1916. There is a total of 22 stops on the trail from Kilkeel, Cranfield and Greencastle right round to Dundalk which was developed by Newry Maritime Association.
Cranfield's first golf course was in established in the early 1920's and many people loved playing the Golf Links with great views of the Mournes and Carlingford Lough. The Golf course has moved into Mourne Park but there is still a Pitch and Putt opposite our Sandilands Holiday Park to hit a few golf balls!
Greenore Co-op and the Greenore Historical Society have been involved in the meticulous construction of a miniature railway depicting parts of the old Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway (DN&GR) using the Co-Op building as the exhibition centre. The Greenore Co-Op also houses the Railway & Maritime Museum which is worth a visit for all with an interest in the "Age of Steam". There are lots of old photographs on display and a video presentation on the history of the railway and port.
Ramble through the woods or walk up Knockcree and look around and view the Kingdom of Mourne. You can also do learn about the history of the Kilmoreys that owned it, go horse riding, catch a fish, do archery or play golf on its excellent course. http://www.mournecountrypark.org/index.asp http://www.mournecountrypark.org/index.asp
Tatyo Park is an amusement park for all ages. You will be able to have family fun on the rollorcoaster's, playground, factory tour, vortox tunnel, world of raptors, zoo and water fun and lots more. There are places to rest and refresh amongst the fun! If you taking the Carlingford Scenic Ferry it would only take a hour or so from Cranfield. http://www.taytopark.ie/
From the farm, on the climbing frame, jumping castle, and exploring the park there will be plenty of fun to keep the family entertained.. There is also the quad barrel ride, onsite coffee shop, and a shop with crisps, sweets, drinks and toys.
One of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Play perfect for the kids, an onsite multi-activity centre, hedge maze and equestrian centre, Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more making it a must-visit for all ages.
At the foot of the Donard, Northern Irelands highest mountain, Newcastle has been a popular seaside destination for many years. It boasts an impressive promenade which provides a flat and safe area to relax, places to eat and enjoy the views. Newcastle is also home to the famous Royal County Down Golf Club with the Championship links course one of the worlds top ten.
The Skypark at Carlingford Adventure Centre is an excellent adrenaline filled day for all the family. There are various exciting zipling courses to do and have fun with all the family. For more details please follow their Facebook page or website . https://www.facebook.com/skyparkcarlingford http://www.skypark.ie/
If you want to enjoy Carlingford Lough then be part of East Coast Adventure Centre's various water sport camps. You can take part in various fun filled activities at Cranfield, Mourne Park and Warrenpoint. They include paddle boarding, banana boating, canoeing, zip line, climbing wall, bush adventures and much much more. You will be able to make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.
Spelga Reservoir is a reservoir in the townland of Spelga in the Mourne Mountains. It was formed by the Spelga Dam and sits at over 1,200 ft (370 m) above sea level. It has a volume of 2,700,000 cubic metres and a catchment area of 5.423 km². The reservoir and dam were built as part of a project that had origins in the idea of supplying water to Belfast, in 1894. The Spelga Reservoir itself was developed between 1953 and 1957. Also you will be able to find a hill that lets your car go up hill with your engine switched off!
Discover the story of this famous historic battle between two kings that occurred on 1 July 1690 (or 11 July, according to our modern calendar). At this battle site on the banks of the River Boyne, two rival monarchs, King James II and his son-in-law William III, clashed violently with fearful consequences. Both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 troops and James had 25,000, the largest number of soldiers ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland, making it a significant chapter in Irish history.
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Boulders of granite came from the the Mournes and was transported to Newgrange.
The Saint Patrick Visitor Centre is a modern exhibition complex located in Downpatrick, County Down. It is a permanent interpretative exhibition centre featuring interactive displays on the life and story of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It provides the only permanent exhibition centre in the world devoted to Saint Patrick
Visit Downpatrick and Co.Down Railway, Heritage Centre a fun filled family day out. This is Ireland's only full size heritage railway, north or south, running through St. Patrick's Country.
King John’s Castle was built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop overlooking Carlingford Lough. The Castle dominated the Lough, the harbour and the developing town. This was the first stone building built in Carlingford and under the shadow of the castle the town grew. It is said that King John of England stayed here for a few days in 1210 AD. The original Castle consisted of an enclosed D-shaped courtyard with two rectangular towers at the entrance. The eastern part of the Castle was built in 1261 and this included a number of rooms and a great hall.
Seaforde Gardens, Maze and Tropical Butterfly House, promises a truly remarkable botanic and nature-filled experience. Situated in the historic Demesne of Seaforde in County Down, and a family home for almost 400 years, immerse yourself in the boundless beauty of this unique destination.
Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property located near the village of Strangford, in County Down, Northern Ireland, in the townland of the same name. It overlooks Strangford Lough and is 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford. It has also been part of the Games of Thrones film locations.
A sunken galleon, colourfish fish, silky seals, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile all-star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre
Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers the unmissable opportunity to experience tranquil woodland trails, stunning views across the Ring of Gullion, Mourne Mountains, Cooley Peninsula and Armagh Drumlins and top class facilities for walkers and families. Play in the Adventure Playpark; explore the Giant’s Lair in the wonderful Hawthorn Hill Forest Nature Reserve and woodland trails, or take a turn in the ornamental walled garden, where you will find picnic benches, an outdoor performance stage, an al fresco coffee bar (open in the summer) and a wildlife pond with covered seating areas.
The Last Leprechauns of Ireland is certainly something unique! The visit includes 15 minutes of storytelling and an introduction to how the last leprechauns of Ireland became a protected species by the E.U. This is done in the story room across from the cavern at Shalom B.B. You may park there. This is followed by a visit below the ground where leprechauns and fairies converge in the morning as the sun rises. The visit is predominately indoors and perfect for a wet day.
Bagenal’s Castle is a sixteenth century fortified house and adjoining nineteenth century warehouse. It houses Newry and Mourne Museum and Newry Visitor Information Centre.
The Greenway is open for walkers allowing stunning views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye, The Greenway takes the walker and cyclist along the shoreline and travels from Omeath to Carlingford. It uses the old railway line between Omeath and Carlingford, offering spectacular views of the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford Lough. It certainly has proved quite popular for tourists and locals alike.
A mystical and enchanting estate, set in magnificent natural surroundings. Visitor experience includes access to the estate's beautiful gardens; historic walks and trails and an exciting play area where children can engage, explore and learn.
Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.
Discover one of South Down's most beautiful scenic drives. Through mountains, valleys, green pastures, beaches, villages, towns, dams, it offers a breath takiong journey through history, culture and the present. http://www.mournelive.com/scenic-heritage-trail
The village has a number of beautiful walkways through Rostrevor Forest and Kilbroney Park. Rostrevor is an area of historical interest and folklore with features including, the ‘Big Stone’, St Bronagh’s 6th Century Church and Bell and Giant Murphy’s Grave. The imposing Ross Monument on Shore Road was erected in 1826 (restored 2008) to honor Major General Robert Ross who fought in both Europe and America. It was also to celebrate a victory over the American forces at Bladensburg. Kilfeaghan Dolmen, situated approximately three miles from Rostrevor on the Kilkeel road, is a Neolithic portal tomb, approximately 5,000 years old. It is well worth a visit because of the massive capstone, which is estimated to weigh 35 tons, believed to be one of the biggest in Ireland. Recent excavations unearthed various bones and pottery. www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/Utility/Publications/Rostrevor-Village-and-Heritage-Trail
Made in Mourne is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the heart of the Mournes, which aims to provide a fresh and stimulating environment to support and celebrate talented local creatives and showcase their work. Whether you are passing through or spending the day in the beautiful fishing town of Kilkeel at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, be sure to pop by and experience all that Made in Mourne has to offer.
Fort Evergreen is a place to learn about small animals and have fun. There are many friendly animals to keep the whole family entertained Over the past few years they have added more things to do inside and out. As well as all the animal holding and feeding, Including their new covered play area with huge slides and our purpose built out door play fort Fort Evergreen offers children the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with animals through activities such as bottle-feeding lambs, hand-feeding sheep and goats, grooming ponies and stroking rabbits and guinea pigs.
Those who enjoy the wet side of life can have fun in Tropicana. Newcastle's outdoor heated leisure pool with its giant waterslide. To ensure that the toddlers are not forgotten, they have their own paddling pools with the Nellie the Elephant slide.
The Fun House is one of Northern Irelands' biggest play and party venues providing the highest level of cleanliness, safety and customer service. In 2012, The Fun House expanded into an event management company bringing exciting equipment and our enthusiastic team to family fun days, festivals, coroprate events and weddings. The Fun House team have worked with major names such as, Titanic Belfast, Cargo Tec Ireland, RNIB, Autism NI and many more.
To view the latest cinema release or old time favorite you can visit Newcastle - www.newcastlecinema.org Newry - www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/newry Downpatrick - www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/downpatrick Banbridge - www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/banbridge Banbirdge IMC - www.imccinemas.ie/Whats-On/Banbridge
There are various world class mountain bike trails in Kilbroney Forest Park and Castlewellan Forest Park. With fantastic scenery and adrenaline filled trials, there is something for everyone.
Along the Irish Coast, in Carlingford Lough and rivers, there is a great array of fish. You can buy a fishing licence in Kilmorey Arms, Kilkeel and the Post Office. Fish that can be caught include for spurdog, tope, dogfish, tope, mackerel, sea trout (game licence required), pollack, ray, bass and conger
The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits crowned by granite tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks. The area was voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland in WalkNI's inaugural awards. The routes providie enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. The Mournes are divided into 2 very distinctive areas – the Eastern or ‘High’ Mournes and the Western or ‘Low’ Mournes. Any newcomer to the Mournes will be simply amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area. http://www.walkni.com/walks/?a=3
The Navan Centre & Fort is a place where myth and reality meet. As the ancient seat of Kings and the earliest capital of Ulster, there is plenty to explore! Step back in time by 2000 years with a visit to our Iron Age dwelling (April-September), where you will meet the Celts going about their daily lives and bringing history to life! Discover how they survived and thrived as they engage you in this highly interactive and unique experience. After meeting real life warriors, learn more about the stories of the bravest of them all – Cú Chulainn and the Red Branch Knights
Enjoy the Spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife that the Lough can offer. As you sail you may see some seals, octopus, dolphins, etc.... You could contact discovernorthernireland.com/Pisces-II-Sea-Angling-Sightseeing-on-Carlingford-Lough-Kilkeel-Newry-P17835/ or www.louthadventures.ie
An award-winning restaurant in the heart of Newcastle, County Down providing fresh, local, seasonal cuisine. "good food from the heart." View their various menus by clicking on https://www.brunelsrestaurant.co.uk/#
Take a journey around the stunning countryside and coastline of South Down and marvel at the amazing array of wildlife, flora and fauna . Bird watching from raptors to ravens, discover otters and seals along the coastline and stumble across rare butterflies and wildflowers among the dunes and heath lands. Watch the majestic Red Kites as they wheel and soar together over the South Down landscape, as the sun goes down against the stunning back drop of the Mountains of Mourne and the Dromara Hills. Come and explore with us. A magical experience.
Soak Seaweed bathhouse Spa is situated in the beautiful County Down seaside town of Newcastle on the extremely pretty South Promenade. SOAK is best known for its multi award winning Seaweed Bath treatment. There are an array of holistic treatments on offer also. www.soakseaweedbaths.com
Family run Equestrian centre set in the heart of the Mournes Mountains. There is trekking, lessons, livery, loaning, schooling, meal, and tack
Excellent example of a tower-house and bawn built about 1568 at a point where the Newry River meets Carlingford Lough, a strategic spot. There has been a keep on this site since 1212. It was originally built by Hugh de Lacy, first Earl of Ulster, to prevent attacks on Newry via the river, as part of the area's Norman fortifications. The original was destroyed in the 1641 Rebellion. (Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult).
British Army Major General Robert Ross from Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland, will forever be associated with the burning of the public buildings in Washington in 1814, including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and, most famously or infamously of all – The ‘President’s Mansion’ or ‘President’s House’. http://themanwhocapturedwashington.com
The Haulbowline Lighthouse is an active 19th century lighthouse, described as an "elegant, tapering stone tower", it is located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, near Cranfield Point in County Down, Northern Ireland. Completed in 1824, the lighthouse was designed by George Halpin and is a key feature within the Lough.
Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey. It was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life.
The Portaferry–Strangford ferry service crosses Strangford Lough at its narrowest point, close to where the lough joins the Irish Sea. The ferry links the two disconnected sections of the A2 road, Muff to Portaferry and Strangford to Newry. There has been a ferry service between Portaferry and Strangford for four centuries without a break. The alternative road journey is 47 miles (76 km), while the ferry crosses the 0.6 nautical miles (0.69 mi; 1.1 km) in 8 minutes.
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is certainly going through a golden age of film making and that includes the Mournes. Film locations include Robert Overloards @ Greencastle beach Chronicles of Mourne - Mournes Games Of Thrones @ Tollymore Forest, Hilltown and Attical The Fall @ Greencastle Fair Road Pilomena @ Rostrevor Saints and Sinners @ Carlingford The Chronicles of Narnia - inspired by the Mournes.
We are halfway between Belfast and Dublin so there are good transport links to our Holiday Parks. http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Ulsterbus-Service-Page/ http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways/All-Timetables/
Its always nice to buy something or sent a postcard on holiday. There is a great array of shops from fashion, sport, food, cultural and historical and can be discovered in Kilkeel, Newcastle, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Newry and across the Lough in Carlingford. Treat yourself.
Kilkeel Baptist Church 11.30 am Drive in at Dunaval 7.00pm Kilkeel Church of Ireland 11.30 am 6.30 pm Mourne Presbyterian 11.30 am 7.00 pm Beachcomber service 8.30pm Kilkeel Presbyterian 11.30 am July & August 11.00 am 7.00 pm Massforth Chapel Saturday 7.30 pm Sunday 11.30 am Kilkeel Free Presbyterian 12 noon 7.00 pm Methodist Church Service Warrenpoint Church 10.00 am (Tea, Coffee & a chat after Service) Grange Chapel 9.00 am Newcastle Service 11.30 am July & August Epilogue Service 8.30 pm Mourne Gospel Fellowship 11.30 am (Nautilus Centre, Kilkeel) 6.30 pm
One of the most exciting historic buildings on the island Slane Castle hosts many high profile events, from its famous Summer Concerts with a capacity of 80,000 people, to intimate events inside the Castle. With the backdrop of the River Boyne and the surrounding parkland of the Estate, it is the perfect venue to accommodate a wide range of events in unique surroundings. You could combine this with the visit of the Battle of the Boyne Centre.
Rated as one of the Top Five Road Trips and when you drive it, you’ll know why. Start in Belfast and follow the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim, winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations. https://discovernorthernireland.com/about-northern-ireland/destinations/causeway/causeway-coastal-route/
Explore 9 counties along this unforgettable coastal touring route to enjoy breathtaking scenery and exceptional experiences. The journey of a lifetime awaits along 2,500km of coastal road on the Wild Atlantic Way. Pack your bags, leave the everyday behind you and get ready to embrace the best of the west. https://www.wildatlanticway.com/home
Driving the stunning Mourne Coastal Route, a 100km drive, gives you some sense of the vast scale of these mountains Taking you from the Ring of Gullion in Newry to Strangford Lough, this coastal drive will take you through an area of outstanding natural beauty, with many highlights waiting for you along the way. http://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/Utility/Media-Library/Photo-Gallery/Mourne-Coastal-Route
The essence of the Cooley Peninsula is its beautiful scenery, friendly welcoming people, colourful and interesting history, and the variety and quality of facilities available to one and all http://carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie/attractions-carlingford-cooley-peninsula/carlingford-lough-scenic-drives/cooley-peninsula-scenic-drive
Award winning Tyrella beach and dune conservation area is a small, enclosed complex within Dundrum Bay, Downpatrick, County Down. It is a wide, flat, sandy beach two kilometres long and backed by 25 hectares of mature dunes in a conservation area offering scenic walks and an insight into the habitat of local flora and fauna.
The Strangford Lough area has many great attractions and activities for visitors to experience. The Lough forms the centre of the area, and is home to National Trust properties Mount Stewart and Castle Ward, Castle Espie a World Wildlife Trust Centre, Exploris - Northern Ireland's only aquarium, The Somme Heritage Centre. For activity seekers there are opportunities for cycling on the Strangford Lough Cycle Trail, the Comber Greenway which links the area straight into the Titanic Quarter in Belfast and for canoeists, the Strangford Lough Canoe trail and also the East Coast Canoe Trail. http://www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk
The East Coast Canoe Trail, approximately 70 nautical miles long, offers more adventure than the mainly low-lying shores and sheltered sea loughs might suggest. Negotiating choppy tide races to visit lighthouse islands and skirting hundreds of small reefs known as pladdies add spice to this journey. http://www.canoeni.com/canoe-trails/east-coast/
Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland, the Granite Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne. Differing natural habitats can be enjoyed as you walk through coniferous forest and mature woodland beside mountain streams and rivers. http://www.walkni.com/walks/333/granite-trail/
The Maize Maze is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. A massive 6 acre field of 8 feet tall Maize. Can you find your way through? Each year the Maize Maze will have a different theme.
The library is located by the Kilkeel Fire station and has a great array of classes and activities from young to old. Call in and get the latest book, audio-books, listen to talks or use the computers to learn more about your genealogy. There are various other libraries in Warrenpoint, Newcastle and Newry which has a great array of books and historical sources. If you want to go further afield, the Linen Hall Library in Belfast is certainly worth a visit.
One of Ireland's last outdoor seawater pools~ stunning views of the Mourne Mountains on the coast of Newcastle Co Down. This family favourite was build in 1933 and has been training the locals to swim with confidence in seawater, unique tourist attraction
Belfast is certainly a city that is vibrant with lots of things to see, do, experience and visit. From the Titanic, Crumlin Road Jail, Ulster Museum, Peace Walls and St.Georges Market youll get a great understanding how Belfast developed into a historical city. https://visitbelfast.com https://belfastcitysightseeing.com https://www.citytoursbelfast.com
Kilkeel Leisure Centre is an excellent place if you want to go swimming, play squash or maintain your fitness. They have a 25m Indoor Heated Swimming Pool (with moving floor) Steam Room, Sauna, Spa Pool Sports Hall Squash Court Health / Fitness Club Committee Room Pool viewing / Snack vending Large car park
Cranfield, Greencaste and the wider Mourne area has a fantastic maritime, farming and military past. From Saint Patrick sailing past in the 6th Century, to the Viking, Normans and WW2 there is so much to know. You may ask who, why, what, when and how and what is happening within Mourne and we shall try to answer them! 1 Who was General Eisenhower and General Patten? 2 Why did the Connemara and Retriever tragedy happen? 3 What is a Viking Ballast? 4 When did the Normans come and build Greencastle Castle? 5 How was the Haulbowline Lighthouse built?
Titanic Belfast extends over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
The Ulster Museum tells the unique human story of this part of Ireland and our collections will take you to all corners of the globe. Come face to face with dinosaurs, get up close with an Egyptian mummy, dive into our discovery zones, or just enjoy a bite in our café or a wander around the gift shop. Plenty to enjoy and loads to love at the Ulster Museum. And best of all, admission is free.
HMS Caroline is a beautifully restored treasure trove of maritime history it’s like the crew only left yesterday. Explore a unique survivor from World War I, soak up her original features on the bridge, living quarters and engine rooms, and don't miss the chance to eat and drink in the First Rates Mess Café.
Discover 5000 years of history. Learn the stories of a place and you'll come to understand the soul of its people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland's Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With the maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration, you're about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place. https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/
If you've always wondered about your roots, it's time to mix research and pleasure and come to your ancestral homeland for some heritage digging. Many people emigrated from Greencastle to Greenore to Belfast and Dublin to America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia for a better life. The best place to start is PRONI. you can click on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni or https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre https://crumlinroadgaol.com/
Make the trip to Armagh Planetarium which offers visitors a unique experience which is quite simply “out of this world”. In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Dome Theatre you can relax and experience our planet and beyond; take a tour of the night sky, or even discover some of the myths behind the star constellations. Each show is a memorable experience and one that you will treasure.
Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy as part of his coastal defence after he invaded Ulster. Dundrum Castle is located on a wooded hill north-west of Dundrum village near Newcastle. It controls access to Lecale and dominates Dundrum Bay. Its main purpose was to control the land routes from Drogheda to Downpatrick. Access may be difficult for wheelchair users as the site is a sloping rocky knoll. No unaccompanied children under the age of 16
Follow the story of Patrick Brontë and his family which included Charlotte, Emily and Anne - the Brontë sisters through the buildings that survive within the Homeland. The Brontë Homeland Drive starts at Drumballyroney Church and School near Rathfriland, ten miles south of Banbridge. It is well signposted along the 10-mile route shown on the map.
As part of the overall regeneration of the Mourne area a number of innovative pieces of public art have been installed in various towns and villages. See how many you can spot! http://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/Visitor-Information/Public-Art
Taxis Aiken 028 417 62364 Joes 028 417 63793 Gold 028 417 69604 Fares (approx.) Cranfield -> Kilkeel £6 Kilkeel -> Warrenpoint £16 Kilkeel -> Newcastle £16 Kilkeel -> Newcastle £23 return journey
n 1904 work began on the building of the famous Mourne Wall to define the boundary of the 9000 acres (3,600 ha) catchment area. It was built by the Belfast Water Commissioners to enclose the reservoirs' catchment area in the Mourne Mountains and was crafted from natural granite stone using traditional dry stone walling techniques. It stands 3m high and 1m wide, stretching for 22 miles (35km) and runs over the 17 peaks in the Mourne mountains. Work was carried out during April to October providing employment to men in the area skilled in the granite cutting craft. Work finished in 1922, taking 18 years to build. It is said to be, "a monument to the skill of the men who built it" The wall is a listed building.
At the Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre they cater for all types of fun and sociable experiences within the Newry and Mourne area. We have a state of the art children's indoor play area, called Cheeky Monkeys. Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre has the only bowling alley in Newry and the surrounding area with 10 state of the art, glow in the dark lanes and a retro bowling theme. www.sheepbridgefec.com
Coco’s Adventure Playground is an indoor play area based in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Open 7 days a week and have activities for all ages of children, from babies to fourteen year olds, with slides, ball pools and play areas where children can enjoy exciting active playtime and exploration inside a safe, secure environment. http://www.cocosplayground.co.uk/
Get ready for Europe’s largest Indoor Karting Centre with three tracks spanning over 1km. We cater for all groups including Birthday Parties, Corporate events, Hen and Stags, School and Youth Groups and many more.. Our facilities include: Three Top Class Racing Tracks, Viewing Area & Amusement Arcade, Café serving a range of delicious Coffees, Tea etc Digital Display Results Board, Conference and Party Rooms, Accommodation Packages available.
Awesome Outdoor Adventure Centre in Ireland, located in Ireland's newest and most exciting outdoor destination and the outdoor capital of Ireland, the Mourne. There are lots of activities to do for example canoeing on Castlewellan Lake, bouldering, mountain biking, abseiling and swimming through sea caves. https://www.onegreatadventure.com/
The dolman, a Neolithic portal tomb approximately 5000 years old, has a massive capstone, which is estimated to weigh 35tons. The capstone is believed to be one of the biggest in Ireland. Excavations carried out at the turn of the century unearthed various bones and pottery. From Kilkeel going towards Rostrevor you will see a brown sign for Kilfeaghan Dolman on the right hand side of the road.
Welcome to Northern Ireland’s premier outlet shopping destination. The Boulevard in Banbridge offers your favorite brands at jaw-dropping prices in a relaxed, stylish setting. There is a selection of eateries, an eight-screen cinema, and a host of top brands http://the-boulevard.co.uk
There is a great tradition of sailing upon Carlingford Lough, Strangford Lough and along the Irish Sea. On a great day the sun can shine were you can relax on the water and it can be windy so you can get good sailing adventures! http://www.clyc.info/ http://www.carlingfordsailingclub.net/ http://www.newcastleyachtclub.co.uk/ http://dundrumsailingclub.blogspot.com/ http://slyc.co.uk/
Located two minutes off the M1 motorway, 20 minutes north of Dublin airport and 35 minutes south of Newry, this Egyptian themed entertainment centre is the newest addition to the Funtasia family business. The Pirates Cove interactive Waterpark features over 200 water gushing activities including the adrenalin pumping Super Bowl speed slide and the incredible gravity defying Boomerang slide. Other exciting attractions include the Atlantis Cove Play Area, 14 lane Bowling, Disco Roller Skating, Crazy Golf, Rock Climbing, Ultimate Sky Climb, Indoor Twin Zipline, a luxurious Casino, a delicious Fast Food restaurant, video games, simulators and lots lots more!
Airbound is the latest revolution in fun and fitness for both kids and adults. Air Bound is made up of hundreds of square metres of interlocking trampolines covering the floor space and going up the walls. Airbound sessions start on the hour and last one hour, access to all areas.
A great illusion or can it be tree, a hill that allows your car to go up the hill without your engine on!
Blackrock is an attractive seaside village, situated seven kilometres south of Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland on the western shore of Dundalk Bay. It can be reached via the R172 from Dundalk or via the R132 from the M1 motorway. The core of the village is located along the seafront with many historical features and stories to uncover. https://www.visitblackrock.ie
Long Acre Alpacas is a small alpaca trekking company based near Ardee in County Louth. They have four alpacas, Harry who is a Huacaya alpaca and Cecil, Perkunas & Proudlock who are Suri alpacas. Alpacas are wonderful animals to be around they have a curious nature and all have very different personalities. https://www.facebook.com/Long-acre-alpacas-826113690904317/
Built at the end of the C17th, Beaulieu is an example of an early unfortified manor house in the ‘Caroline’ style. Original interiors, decorative plaster work, bolection moulding and outstanding baroque carvings will fascinate visitors who are interested in period design and craftsmanship. A vibrant, walled garden, terraced slopes, wooded landscape and walks, enrich the setting of the house, which overlooks the River Boyne, three miles outside Drogheda. The house is open for guided tours in June, July and August 1-5pm and garden and grounds also open
Mellifont Abbey resides on the banks of the River Mattock and was the first Cistercian monastery to be built in Ireland, founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh
St. John’s Point Lighthouse was designed by George Halpin Senior, one of the most famous civil engineers of the time. The light was first exhibited in 1844. The original lighthouse was painted white. In 1902 three black bands were added. Its current markings of black with two yellow bands have been in place since 1954.
The Saint Patrick Visitor Centre is a modern exhibition complex located in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. It is a permanent interpretative exhibition centre featuring interactive displays on the life and story of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. There is also a trail of St.Patrick and more details can be found in the centre
Ireland's Ancient East Táin Way is the main walking route in County Louth attracting walkers from near and far. Walking along the trails of the epic Irish saga "Táin Bó Cúalinge" through the Cooley Mountains and along the shores of Carlingford Lough. The Cooley Peninsula is a place steeped in the mythology and legends of Ireland's Ancient East and the setting for much of the epic tale known as "The Cattle Raid of Cooley", which tells of a battle between Queen Meabh of Connacht and the champion Cú Chulainn of the Red Branch Knights from the Kingdom of Ulster over the Brown Bull of Cooley.
The Bloody Bridge is located approximately three miles south of Newcastle on the Kilkeel road, and is probably one of the best known landmarks in South Down. The original bridge lies about a couple of hundred yards upstream from the present crossing. Prior to the building of the new bridge, the coast road crossed what was once known as the Mid-Pace River, now an ivy covered ruin. There are many stories regarding the incident of 1641 from which the bridge derives its present name. Many have been handed down through generations, and the stories are widely varied. Hares Gaps take you into the Mournes with spectacular views all round
Whitestown is a quiet 'clachan' with located on the Cooley Peninsular with Lily Finnegan's as the cultural hub. You can walk through the village and then cycle around the Scenic Whitestown Coastal Loop towards Carlingford and see what the Mournes and the Haulbowline Lighthouse looks like from the other side of the Lough and then back again. The Cooley peninsular has a great historical past including Former Vice President Joe Biden who visited recently wanting to understand his genealogy and his links to the area.
Castle Espie is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) on the banks of Strangford Lough, three miles south of Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland, in the townland of the same name. It is part of the Strangford Lough Ramsar Site. It provides an early wintering site for almost the entire Nearctic population of pale-bellied brent geese. The Castle which gave the reserve its name no longer exists.
Travelling along the Cooley Peninsula from Carlingford to Newry in Northern Ireland, a quick 3km detour rewards you with sweeping views of Carlingford Lough, framed by forested mountains, green fields and the sparkling Irish Sea beyond. Flagstaff Viewpoint lies just over the border in County Armagh. Heading northwest along the coast road (the R173), follow the signs to your left onto Ferryhill Rd, then turn right up to the viewpoint's car park.
From the welcoming ambience of the Restaurant your appetite and expectations will be well and truly satisfied at the Kilmorey Arms Hotel; The perfect place to eat for any occasion. Based in the largest fishing port in Northern Ireland, The Kilmorey Arms Hotel has a distinct advantage when creating high quality cuisine. All of their Fish and Shellfish are sourced from less than a mile away, providing you with a truly authentic taste of County Down coastline.
The Church is a family run Cafe and Bistro, situated in the picturesque village of Rostrevor beside the beautiful Kilbroney Park. It has hosted new guests and old friends from up the street and around the world right at the foot of the Mournes . Our traditional continental cuisine with a contemporary twist uses choice ingredients hand-picked by local family farmers to create seasonal specials and celebrate the natural bounty that the Mournes and the Irish Sea produce. http://www.thechurchrostrevor.com/
Located on the foot of the Mourne mountains the restaurant/bar offers great panoramic views of both the harbour & Mourne mountains. Specialising in seafood & steak, their award winning chefs work on the philosophy of the best locally sourced food. They source all ingredients from the harbour & local farmers/butchers. Organic & free range sources are tested & trailed on a regular basis with their chefs inspecting the off site premises & processes of each ingredient https://www.harbourinnannalong.co.uk/
Situated in the heart of the Cooley Peninsula at the foot of the picturesque Cooley Mountains overlooking the Irish Sea, Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant is one of the top dining pubs in Ireland. Equally popular with tourists and locals, Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant offers fine cuisine and dedicated hospitality, delivered by the Fitzpatrick Team. With its stunning gardens and old-world charm inside, Fitzpatrick’s boasts many prestigious tourism and gourmet accolades. Spectacularly themed displays at festive holidays make a visit to Fitzpatrick’s a truly unique experience.
Overlooking the Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, this upscale lodging is also 1 mile from Warrenpoint Golf Club. Dining options include a vibrant pizzeria, a bistro and a Sunday carvery. https://www.thewhistledownhotel.com/home.htm
On Yer Bike is the fun, friendly and professional bike hire company based at Carlingford Marina. Family orientated, On Yer Bike has bikes for all shapes and sizes including an Adult Trike, a Tandem and a Piggyback Trailer for disabled/special needs children. It's a short trip over to Carlingford via the Carlingford Lough Ferry and from On Yer Bike's depot you are straight on to the Carlingford Lough Greenway where you can enjoy a safe 7km ride to Omeath and then 7km back ( a two hour ride with a nice stop in Omeath). To enquire and book, On Yer Bike has a website, www.onyerbike.ie, a Facebook page @onyerbikecarlingford or you can call on +353879921559
Cunningham Butchers is a high class multi award winning family butchers based in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. They have also a new bistro and and food hall which serves great produce and is locally sourced. http://www.cunninghamsfoodhall.co.uk/index.htm
Great food set in a cosy warm environment. Various lough delights are on offer such as Carlingford Lough Oysters. Check out their menu http://www.pjoharescarlingford.com/pjs-bar/
Tam O'Shanter is a restaurant situated in Kilkeel, specializing in great tasting local seafood as well as usual favorites, steak and chicken dishes. You can check out their various dishes on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Tam-O-Shanter-1430452467170860
The Galley or 'Joeys' as it is know locally is just opposite our Annalong Holiday Park. Its restaurant and sit-in offer quality, affordable and sustainable food including their crab which is caught just off shore. You can view their menu here https://thegalleyannalong.co.uk/
If you are doing mountain biking, walking or enjoying a stroll in Rostrevor you may want to call in. You can sample the menu for Breakfast, have coffee, have lunch and catch up with friends for afternoon tea. Have a look at the menu by clicking on http://oldschoolhouserostrevor.com/
FUSION” is an Italian Restaurant with a “twist”. The recipes at Fusion are made with the freshest ingredients available and it offers a full selection of daily specials that are sure to delight everyone Their menu can be viewed by clicking on their website https://fusionwarrenpoint.co.uk/
Villa Vinci is an established restaurant with a reputation for sumptuous food and exceptional service. Their coastal restaurant offers the perfect stop for beach strolling couples or families on a day out. Click on their menu http://www.villavinci.co.uk/menu/#
Just off the N2 Dundalk roundabout, Strandfield can provide a a hearty vegetarian meal at great prices. If you are coming off the ferry at Greenore, just follow the road straight to the roundabout. Visit their website which is http://strandfield.com/
This much-loved museum tells the amazing story of Dublin. Rated as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times. You can visit their website via to see what is on https://www.littlemuseum.ie/
While in Dublin, you can learn all about Guinness' rich history. As you walk through each floor you will get an interactive experience of how Guinness developed and how it is intertwined with Dublins growth and its links on a global scale. https://www.guinness-storehouse.com
EPIC is a modern museum in Dublin’s Docklands that tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland, & how they influenced and shaped the world. The world’s only fully digital museum features 1,500 years of Irish history in its atmospheric vaults. Experience this breathtaking story in interactive galleries, with a feast of powerful audio & video bringing these one-of-a-kind tales to life.
The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.
The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent collections holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent collections
The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a tourist attraction
Victoria Square is a symbol of a brand new chapter in the history of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It has placed Belfast at the top of the UK agenda for retail investment and is Belfast's newest landmark. Victoria Square is home to over 70 stores, cafes and restaurants including House of Fraser, Apple, Topshop and Cruise.
Seamus Heaney Home Place is a purpose-built arts and literary centre, which celebrates the life and work of the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, and contributes to his legacy.
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills
A spectacular location where you can truly escape everyday life and experience nature at its most elemental. During your amazing 2.5 hour fully guided walking tour you may even taste the sea salt on your lips, feel the Irish Sea wind, marvel at tales of local smugglers, witness the native sea birds and keep your eyes open for some dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline. The Gobbins experience will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel; traversing hidden Tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is dedicated to the memory of Banbridge-born sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. Frederick Edward McWilliam was born in Banbridge on the 30th April 1909. He died in London in 1992 and the executors of his estate donated the sculptor's studio and its contents to the town of his birth.
Dublin, like Belfast is vibrant, colorful and full of flavor. It has an extraordinary choice of activities, events and attractions for visitors and you'll be able to find things to do, see and visit by clicking on https://www.visitdublin.com https://citysightseeingdublin.ie/hop-on-hop-off
Neary Nógs Stoneground Chocolate is Northern Ireland's first bean to bar, craft chocolate makers They ethically source single origin, specialty Cacao Beans from farms in Central America, South America, the Caribbean islands & West Africa. and then hand sort every cacao bean, gently roast, stone grind, age and then create beautiful chocolate bars. Nestled between the Mourne Mountains and the Irish sea along the scenic Mourne Coast, you can find us making chocolate in our small batch factory. It's a place for chocolate making, people gathering and story telling. Guided tours available now, tasting sessions and workshops are coming soon!
We want to thank the Chestnutt family for all the great service we received...with wonderful memories of 21 years in Annalong.
We stayed in a mobile home two weeks ago with chestnut and i couldn't fault one thing. The mobile was immaculate, modern, and fully equipped!Joanne, Chestnutt
Great relaxing holiday park with good views, tennis courts on site and a short walk to a beach with lifeguards on duty and plenty of space for walks with or without your dog.James, Loughside
I'll start by simply saying we had an amazing stay here. We camped for 2 nights and from the moment we arrived at reception we were pleasantly surprised. The place is spotless.Stephen, Sandilands
We would like to say thank you for all the advice and assistance when purchasing our static caravan. Looking forward to many happy times in the years ahead.Client, Sandilands
We take this wee spot for granted. Beautifully kept site with amazing wardens. Our second home and to be highly recommended.Joy, Annalong
One of the best sites around Northern Ireland. Toilet block has been done up. To high standard. Brilliant showers and always very clean. Staff very pleasant as well, Philip, SandilandsPhilip, Sandilands
Wow the view from our tent was breathtaking of the mourned! Brill campsite and spotlessly clean.Muggyfug, Chestnutt
Brilliant place to relax and enjoy. Staff are very helpful and friendly. I am 3 seasons at Loughside and would never dream of moving.Colum, Loughside