This Trek across the Cooley and Mourne Mountains is the ideal way to sample the varied landscapes and walks that these mountains have to offer. You trek across the counties Louth in the Republic and down in Northern Ireland getting a full sense of the region that has until now been hidden from most hillwalkers.
Blackrock will be your base for the first 2 nights after which you will stay in Carlingford, Rostrevor, Attical and finally Newcastle. These are all unique places and worth a visit in their own right. The Trek totals 72km.
Arriving in Ireland. There are several transfer options from Dublin and Belfast Airports. see ‘how to get here’page. We will pick you up from the bus-station in dundalk or we can arrange a transfer from the Airport for an additional fee (please contact us for a competitive quote). You will receive your welcome pack with all the walk descriptions and maps at your first B&B in Blackrock.
Option: Should you arrive early in the day you have the option to walk Slieve Gullion, a looped walk from approx. 15k. There is a €10.- surcharge for the additional pick up and transfer to your B&B.
We can also recommend adding a day to this trek and walking the Slieve Gullion trek at the start of you holiday. (see Cooley and Mourne Trek 8 day).
Ravensdale – Lumpers (Cooley): 12km.
You will be dropped at the start point for your walk at Ravensdale forest, a steep climb to xxxmetres brings you to black mountains from where you have a fantastic view over the Slieve Gullion volcanic crater, to the south you can see the Dublin Mountains and north you get the first glimps of Slieve Foye above Carlingford and the mourne mountains. You walk along this ridge line where you will find 2 Cairns before descending to the Lumpers and where you will be picked up for a transfer back to your B&B.
Lumpers – Carlingford (Cooley): 18km.
Todays walk will bring you across the Cooley mountains from the Lumpers into the central Cooley valley before climbing again over the crest to find Carlingford at your feet. Before we get there we will bring you through Maeve’s gap and past a grave tomb and a deserted 19th century village from before the great irish famine.
Carlingford – Rostrevor: rest day or optional walk: 8km.
In the summer months there is a ferry from Omeath to Warrenpoint and we offer you a great walk from Carlingford to Rostrevor (June – August). The rest of the year you have the option of walking to Omeath and taking the bus to Warrenpoint (via Newry) and walk to Rostrevor or take a day off (no punishment when in Carlingford). You can also do a variety of looped walks from Carlingford or even climb Slieve Foye (580m). Overnight in Rostrevor.
Rostrevor – Deerpark: 15km (15m-530M)
Leaving Rostrevor you will now make your way into the Mournes. This walk provides varied views and paths from forrest tracks to heather and peaty tracks. At the end you will be collected and brought to the Mourne Hostel in Attical. This hostel was set up and built as a village project to bring income to the area and is run by volunteers.
Deerpark – Newcastle: 20 km (from 377m to 2m / 377m. up & 707m. down)
You will be dropped close to the previous day end point and from here you will walk across the Mournes and through the beautiful Tollymore forest park and into Newcastle where you will spend the final night before departure. his again is hill-walking at its best.This Trek will inspire you to come back for more!
Leave from Newcastle.
On this trek we offer B&B accommodation except for your night in Atticall in the Mourne Mountains where you will stay in the Mourne Hostel, however we will always attempt to book you in an en-suite double room.
Our B&B’s are all recognised by Bord Failte or the Northernireland Tourist board and are generally of a 3 star standard.
Contact: Cliff & Louise Wayenberg
+353 087 957 3856
Individual Trek Holiday
Price 2011: 7 days / 6 nights € 449.-
The price is per person based on 2 persons sharing.