Activities

Stunning beauty, contrasting landscapes, bustling towns, and an exciting new city.

Interesting towns, picturesque villages and a modern city - Newry & Mourne has a lot to offer its visitors.

If you would like to know about some of the activities we can offer in the area, please select a category from the list on the right.

The list of featured activities will appear underneath the map, along with a number which pinpoints the location on the associated map.

Introduction

Rich and diverse natural environment - walking, fishing, golf, horse riding, watersports, cycling, shopping, restaurant and entertainment.

Walking

This is a superb walking area. The majestic Mountains of Mourne and the Ring of Gullion areas provide an outstanding backdrop for walkers of all types.

With a wide variety of walks that cater for a broad range of fitness, ability and experience, the area offers flat easy coastal routes and canal towpaths to testing slopes and mountains.

The Mourne International Walking Festival in June and the Wee Binnian Walking Festival in September offer a wide variety of walks ranging from excellent road and track walks to guided mountain rambles and hikes. These Festivals are a great opportunity to participate in the social side of walking, and entertainment plays a large part in both these festivals with daily entertainment and a 'Blister Ball'.

Cycling

'A spectacular circular cycle route beneath the high Mournes, with beautiful views across countryside with patchwork fields and stone walls leading to the Irish Sea'

This vividly describes one of this area's many scenic cycle trails.

Cycling offers the flexibility to set your own pace and explore at leisure the minor roads and laneways while passing through beautiful countryside. Explore the ancient stone monuments and early Christian Heritage in and around the Ring of Gullion, or visit the 13th century fortress, Greencastle, and discover its charming history and legends.

To view a copy of the Newry and Mourne Cycling Guide Click here

Fishing

Coarse, Game or Sea Angling, whatever your choice, with such a diverse landscape and topography Newry and Mourne won't disappoint.

Mountain streams supply crystal clear water to the area's easily accessed lakes and rivers.

Newry Ship Canal has been a previous venue for the World Coarse Angling Championships with a 3.5km fishable section. Many varieties of fish inhabit our clean, clear coastal waters including ray, turbot, dogfish, mullet, flounder and tope.

To view a copy of the Newry and Mourne Fishing Guide Click here

Golf

Ireland is a favourite destination for golfers looking for challenging courses, good hospitality and competitive green fees. No matter what part of Ireland you choose to visit, you'll never be far from excellent golf and the Newry & Mourne courses are no exception.

These are mostly undulating parkland courses that offer the golfer an interesting challenge with tight sloping fairways and valleys and well-maintained greens.

Horse Riding

The Ring of Gullion and the Mournes provide a backdrop of hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, coastal plains and award winning beaches, making the option of seeing it all on horseback extremely appealing.

Trail riding breaks are available as are day/half day treks and lessons for all ages and abilities.

Watersports

Newry and Mourne is largely coastal, offering great opportunities for water sports. Carlingford Lough, Camlough Lake and Lough Ross provide sheltered conditions for a range of water based activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and water skiing.

Cranfield Beach provides safe, clean sea bathing.

Sheltered harbours and pontoons such as at Annalong provide safe and secure mooring facilities for keeled yachts and cruisers. Leisure crafts are also welcome in Warrenpoint.

Other Recreational Activities

Newry and Mourne can provide a wide range of sporting and recreational activities such as tennis, bowls, rowing, netball, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, go-karting, indoor and outdoor bowls.

There are municipal tennis courts and bowling greens in Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and Kilkeel. Newry and Kilkeel have modern swimming pools and leisure centres.

There are several fitness clubs and other facilities in the area.

Pubs and Clubs

The variety of pubs throughout Newry and Mourne range from very old traditional public houses to the modern day pub, most of which serve meals and bar snacks. The young at heart can choose from smart nightclubs to trendy discos.

Restaurants

Throughout Newry and Mourne there is a strong agricultural and fishing influence. Fresh local produce is therefore guaranteed and a diverse mix of cuisine is available from the area's many restaurants and cafes.

Many of the area's bars also offer good value for money cuisine and provide the opportunity to relax and quench the thirst.

Cinema

The cinema goer is extremely well catered for with a modern 8 screen Omniplex in Newry's Quays retail and leisure complex, which shows all recent releases.

Check the local press for details of what's on.

Parks

If you fancy a walk or a rest in pleasant green surroundings in the Newry and Mourne area you can choose from Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, the Silent Valley in the Mournes, Slieve Gullion Forest Park, the Tirzah in Bessbrook, Newry's Heather Park or Warrenpoint Municipal Park.

Many of these have natural parklands which are very suitable for family outings, walkers and hill climbers.

A number of these parks have safe children's play facilities.

For Children

Newry and Mourne offers a wide range of facilities for children. As well as pleasant rural walking, cycling and fine beaches, there are excellent play areas in many of our parks, notably Warrenpoint and Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.

Indoor activities include Kilkeel Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool, Newry Sports Centre, Newry Swimming Pool, Formula Karting in Newry, Newry Omniplex and Annalong Cornmill (for older children).