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Oakleigh House Bed and Breakfast


Newcastle is a small town with a long beach to the Irish Sea and bordered by the Mourne Mountains. The area has a special beauty, painted by artists and written about by poets. Known worldwide for the popular song by Percy French 1954-1920 "The Mountains of Mourne".

The name Newcastle is thought to come from a castle built by Felix Magennis cited in the centre of the town beside the Shimna river on what today is the Newcastle Centre.


In 1820's the harbour pier was created as a loading point for the famous Mourne granite extracted from the hills above. One of the most famous pieces of stone is the Albert Memorial in London. At one time the harbour was the centre focus of the town exporting not only granite but potatoes and timber and landing coal and fish. Today it is used mainly for recreational purposes.

Granite Trail

In 1824 John Lynn opened a quarry on Millstone Mountain with a mineral railway line to King Street. By 1859 production was moved to Thomas's Mountain and the granite trail follows the route of its funicular railway known locally as the Bogie Line. In 1800's thousands of tonnes of granite were produced here every year.


Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard at 850m (2789ft) is the highest of the Mourne Mountains. The walk to its summit is mainly on forest and mountain paths that are rough and sometimes wet. Parts of the mountain section have been paved and the last part of the climb follows the Mourne Wall.

Slieve Donard, highest peak of the Mournes

Slieve Donard

The views from the summit are extensive and on a good day it may be possible to see the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Wales, Scotland and Donegal.

Donard Park and Forest

Starting point for Mourne peak walks. The Glen river runs along one side of the park and can be used as a walkway to the many sign posted treks along the lower slopes and ascent of Slieve Donard. Alternatively from the Bloody Bridge follow the Brandy Pad called after the trade of illegal brandy smuggled down this route in the dead of night to Hilltown.

The beach Murlough Nature Reserve

Murlough National Nature Reserve

Situated on the coast below the Mourne Mountains with a 5000yr old sand dune system, heathland and woodland surrounded by an estuary and the sea. It is owned by the National Trust and has been managed as a nature reserve since 1967. A great area for bird watching and walking.

There are paths and board walks through the dunes and on to the beautiful beach. Over 600 species of bird, butterfly and moth can be seen with wildfowl and waders wintering here.

Need a room for the night

Oakleigh House B&B
30 Middle Tollymore Road
Newcastle BT330JJ

028 4372 6816