The Mountains of Mourne


the Mountains of Mourne

around Newcastle, County Down

Northern Ireland

two dozen peaks, or Slieves, most over 500m

the highest Slieve Donard 853m

and only 3km from the coast


half of them

have the Mourne Wall

running steeply up and over

sheep wander in and around

now more useful

as a guide for hundreds of hours of day walks

even if the infamous weather closes in

the wall leads you home

or at least down the mountain


they say it’s possible to do

all 35km of the 2m high wall in a day

but the best method

is to take your time


granite tors lie on the top of Binnian and Bearnagh

like natural art galleries

sculptures and castles



taking in views as far as the Isle of Man

back to Belfast

the silence roaring




hundreds of hours of rambling

as good or better than it’s famous cousin Donegal

which gets all the tourists


the Mountains of Mourne

 all walking distance or a short cab ride

from Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland



more photos at



~ by Drifting, Rambling on June 5, 2014.

One Response to “The Mountains of Mourne”

  1. Oh dear…and Here is another place I want to visit… Great Work Tim Thanks. I wondered if we might see some renovation madness.

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