Slieve Donard is  Northern Ireland’s highest peak (850m), towering above the magical Mourne Mountains, the town of Newcastle and the deep blue Irish Sea.

The Mournes are a stunning mountain range with 12 peaks rising above 600m, the iconic Mourne Wall and plenty of walks on offer to suit all ages and abilities.

Slieve Donard in Co Down is a relatively short walk, just 4.6km one way from the car park to the summit, although it is fairly steep in places so will give you a good workout. The height of Slieve Donard is 850m so the views are well worth the effort.


Slieve Donard: The route

As you leave the Donard car park, the best route is a well-defined trail that takes you up the hill along the Glen River through a rich forest of pine, birch and oak. You’ll end up crossing the river via bridges a few times, but thankfully you don’t need to get your feet wet!

As you climb higher, the river bank gets steeper and there’s a sharp overhang for a section, so be extra careful. You’ll reach a gate and a stile as you pass thick forest on your right and then carry on up the track above the river towards the saddle between Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard.

From the top, you will be able to see the Mourne Mountains stretching out like a rich tapestry all around you. In good weather, you could also spot the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, the Wicklow Mountains to the south, and also the peaks of Wales, Scotland and even Donegal to the west. Amazing! A little closer, you will see the lovely sandy, pebbly Newcastle Beach with a strand that’s 2.5kms long.


Why fundraise for Age NI?

Our society is aging. More than 350,000 older people live in Northern Ireland, and there are more people over the age of 50 than under the age of 19.

As the leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland, we work tirelessly to give older people a voice, support those who need our help and inspire everyone to love later life.

By trekking for Age NI you’ll be helping us to continue supporting vulnerable older people in Northern Ireland.


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