Walking Hiking

The Mourne Way – Self-Guided Walking Tour Northern Ireland – 8 Day

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This 8 day self-guided walking tour takes you along the foothills of the Mourne Mountains from the market town of Castlewellan to the shores of Dundrum Bay and through the seaside town of Newcastle, walking forest trails and mountain paths and the banks of the Kilbroney River to ‘Enchanting’ Rostrevor and stunning Carlingford Lough.


Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour £549 per person sharing
Single Supplement +£210
Tour Dates  Available All Year
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)




Day 1: / Castlewellan
You will arrive in the small County Down Market Town of Castlewellan, famed for its market square, wide chestnut tree lined wide streets and adjoining forest park.
Day 2: / Castlewellan to Maghera Village
You will begin your day circumnavigating the 350 acre Castlewellan Forest Park. With Castlewellan lake at its heart and 19th century castle, Castlewellan Forest Park also boasts one of the world’s largest peace mazes. In the Afternoon you will meander along country roads and farm track to the peaceful and charming village of Maghera. Distance: 14km, Assent 270m, Approximate walking time 4.5hrs
Day 3: / Dundrum Castle to Newcastle
Today you will begin in the seaside village of Dundrum at its 13th century castle and its majestic views of Dundrum Bay & the Mourne Mountains, through the village you will stroll to the shores of Dundrum Bay and to the Murlough National Nature Reserve and its 6000 year old sand dune system. The reserve boasts over 600 species of butterfly. From the reserve you will stroll along the beaches of Dundrum Bay to the seaside town of Newcastle. Distance: 12km, Assent 100m, Approximate walking time 4 hrs
Day 4: / Rest Day Newcastle
Newcastle is a seaside town in the shadows of Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak. Home to the world famous Royal County Down Golf Course, its granite promenade stretchs the full length of the town. Here you can spend the day relaxing by the sea in one of the UKs last remaining natural rock pools and enjoy the glorys of the surround or if the weather is right you can attempt to climb Slieve Donard rising 850m from the sea.
Day 5: / Newcastle to Happy Valley
From your accommodation in Newcastle you will make your way to The Game of Thrones ‘Haunted Woods’ of Tollymore forest along the banks of the Shimna River and through Tipperary Wood. You will sweep along the south bank of Tollymore Forest on the slopes of Slieve Commedagh to the banks of the Spinkwee River. You will now join the Trassey track and finish in Happy Valley between Slieve Meelmore & Slive Meelbeg. Distance: 15km, Ascent: 250 m, Approximate walking time 4.5 hrs.
Day 6: / Happy Valley to Leitrim Lodge
Setting off from Happy Valley you will continue around the North-West base of Slieve Meelbeg past Fofanny reservoir. You will then walk through Spelga Pass and over Butter Mountain, the highest point on the Way trail at 500m. Following the Rowan Tree River & Rocky River you will descent to Leitrim Lodge and your accommodation in Hilltown. Distance: 14 km, Ascent: 500 m, Approximate walking time: 5 hrs.
Day 7: / Leitrim Lodge to Rostrevor
On your final days walking you will follow a mixture of country and forest tracks, firstly along the base of Altaggart Mountain and after a brief climb of the slopes of Tievedockaragh you will decent into Rostrevor Forest and into the Kilbroney River Valley passing the 6th Century convent of St. Bronagh. Finally you will descend further to the shores of Carlingford Lough and into Rostrevor. Distance: 11km, Ascent: 200 m, Approximate walking time: 4 hrs.
Day 8: / Departure
At your leisure after your breakfast, you tour comes to an end, and it's time to depart on your onward journey.


  • 7 nights B&B and full breakfast All accommodation is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • All Maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full backup service should you require it while on our tour

Not Included

  • Lunches or Evening Meals


  • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

    Eberhard Schmid, Germany
  • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

    Tricia, Arizona
  • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
    I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
    So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

    Shirley & David