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The Mourne Way, Down

The 26-mile long Mourne Way marries many of the best features of Mourne country. Following a mixture of forest trails, mountain paths and open mountain, this route is almost entirely off-road as it travels through the foothills of the Mournes, from Newcastle to Rostrevor (or vice versa).

Getting There

Park in either Newcastle (Donard Car Park) or Rostrevor (Kilbroney Park)

Trail Description

If you are not fond of hike-a-bike, then take the road section from Ott Mountain all the way round to the western side of Rocky Mountain (see the map on WalkNI at the link above), rather than going Slievenamuck/Spelga/Rocky. You can ride some bits of this section, such as up the Hen Track, and down between Tornamrock and Rocky, but you'll spend a fair bit of that period either pushing or carrying the bike.

You can hook up to the trails in Rostrevor forest too, of course, but there's plenty in the Mourne Way to keep you occupied unless you are a glutton for punishment.

Useful Maps & Links

Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map 29, or the 1:25,000 leisure map, will give you the whole Mournes area.

Great information about The Mourne Way, including detailed maps, on the WalkNI website


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NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.