17km (10.5 miles)
900m (2950ft)
Height gain
The Mournes
Mountain range
Nearest town

Mourne Mountains – guided day hike

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Slieve Donard And The Hare’s Gap – day hike (Strenuous)

The highest mountain in Northern Ireland, and if that’s not enough, the second highest too! 

About the Mourne Mountains guided day hike

Please note this hike is graded as ‘Strenuous’ and requires a good level of fitness, it is not suitable for beginners.

An opportunity to climb the highest mountain in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard (849 metres). We begin our hike at the Meelmore Lodge car park, (toilet facilities), and soon find ourselves following the Trassey river into the mountains. A steady climb brings us to the Hare’s Gap where we follow the Mourne Wall over Slievenagogh and Slieve Commedagh, the second highest mountain in this range. From here the views over the reservoirs of the Silent valley to the south and to Tollymore forest and Newcastle to the north are magnificent.

We descend again before a final re-ascent to the summit of Slieve Donard, from the large Bronze Age cairn at the summit there are lovely views over Newcastle and the Irish Sea. Making our way down the southern flank on the mountain we make our return by the Brandy Pad, a well-made path famous for being an old smugglers route inland.

Please ensure you wear good mountain footwear as this route is rocky and slippery in places. You may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.

MEETING POINT Meelmore Lodge car park, Trassey Road, 10.30 am
HIKE TIME Approx. 7 hours
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
Transport is not currently available from Dublin.
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna of the Mourne mountains.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.


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Mourne mountains guided hike