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Orange fern frond on blue background with path nameUlster Way - Mourne Way Quality Section


37 km / 23 miles
This route is almost entirely off road, traversing the foothills of the Mourne Mountains from Newcastle on the Irish Sea to Rostrevor on Carlingford Lough.

The Mourne Way starts at Newcastle visitor information centre and heads for Tollymore Forest Park and the 10m-high Cascade Falls. A section following the Shimna River leads to the Trassey Track, one of the busiest walkers' routes into the Mournes. The path passes beneath the steep northern slopes of Slieve Meelmore and around the northwestern base of Slieve Meelbeg to reach Fofanny Reservoir. A road section leads to Ott Mountain car park from where begins the ascent of Butter Mountain (500m), the highest point of the route, with fantastic views over the northwestern Mournes. A steep descent is made to the road at Spelga Pass.

After crossing the infant River Bann (the longest river in Northern Ireland) the route contours around the base of Slievenamiskan and Hen Mountain. A mountain track is followed up the Rocky River valley towards Pigeon Rock Mountain.

Rough, sometimes wet, ground follows to gain the col between Rocky Mountain and Tornamrock. After passing along the base of Altataggart Mountain and a brief climb onto the lower slopes of Tievedockaragh, the open country is left for a forestry section and gradual descent to the official finish at Kilbroney Park above Carlingford Lough.

Use Link Section: Rostrevor to Newry to reach the next Quality Section: Ring of Gullion Way.


Waymark: Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Path Type: Northern Ireland Quality Routes
Waymark: Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Attributes: Northern Ireland Quality Walks
Paths marked on OS mapping
Start: J375309 - Visitor Information Centre, Newcastle, Down
Finish: J186180 - Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Down
Open Date: 2009
Web Sites: WalkNI - Ulster Way - Mourne Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Mourne Way - Walker's Guide  (Walk Northern Ireland  - 2016 ) Download
External download Mourne Mountains - Walker's Guide  (Walk Northern Ireland  - 2017 ) Download
Guidebook Mournes Walks  (O'Brien Press Limited  - 2015 3rd edition )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Other Paper Maps:
OS (NI) Discoverer
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)
OS (NI) Activity Map
Mournes, including Slieve Croob (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - 2009)
Harvey Superwalker map
Mourne Mountains - Superwalker (Harvey Maps - 2018)

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Route Profile:

37.5 km (23.3 miles)

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