Holiday Activities in County Down

Hill Walking and Rambling Holidays

The Mournes above Newcastle

This area is perfect for rambling and walking through the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion, from short treks through way marked trails in Tollymore and Castlewellan Forest Parks or along the beach at Murlough to the climb to the top of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland. The local tourist office in Newcastle can offer a pack of Mourne Walking routes for the lowland and coastal areas which mainly follow distinct paths. For more experienced walkers the high Mournes walking pack is also available. Visit for more information on short, medium and long walks as well as downloadable maps and help in planning your trip.

Walking through Tollymore Forest

Walker Friendly Accommodation

As well as a comfortable en-suite room and a hearty breakfast we can also offer a packed lunch consisting of hot flask, sandwiches, muesli bar or chocolate and fruit. Though we hope it does not rain during your stay we offer hanging space for outdoor wet clothing and a drier available for guest use. For more information about staying at Oakleigh House.

Public Transport

Mourne Rambler and Slieve Gullion Rambler bus services operate during the summer months. Timetables are available at the bus station in Newcastle. For more information visit

A few suggested walks

  • Bloody Bridge coastal path, the start of an old smugglers route.
  • Brandy Pad trail, from Trassey Track through Hares Gap to join the Brandy Pad.
  • Castlewellan Forest Park and the Cypress Pond Trail.
  • Cranfield to Greencastle and Mill Bay.
  • Dundrum and Dundrum Castle to Murlough beach.
  • The Fairy Glenn, Rostrevor and Kilbroney Park.
  • Granite Trail, a walk past mountain quarries and Annesley Demesne 18th Century woodland.
  • Silent Valley, Slieve Binnian and Ben Crom reservoirs.
  • Slieve Croob.
  • Slieve Gullion taking in a lough, Bronze Age buriel chamber and Killevy Castle.
  • The Windy Gap.
  • Tollymore Forest Park.
Follow the Brandy Path