A commercial centre within easy reach of sea and mountain adventures.
The main city between Dublin and Belfast, Newry is a commercial centre fit for stocking up on supplies. Travel out of the city to explore the scenic drives, walks, beaches, and forest parks around the Mourne Mountains and Mourne Coastal Route to the east and Slieve Gullion to the west. To the south, you’ll find Carlingford Lough and the medieval village of Carlingford, plus the Cooley Peninsula, set just over the border in the Republic of Ireland.
Once you hit the shores of Carlingford Lough, you’ve arrived in an adventure-lover’s paradise with canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and boating on the lough, forest parks and woodland trails in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, and climbing or hiking in the peaks of the mountains themselves.
Base yourself around Rostrevor to enjoy views of the Mourne Mountains and down to the sheltered waters of Carlingford Lough. This area was said to have inspired the world of Narnia, created by author CS Lewis, who holidayed here as a child before going on to write The Chronicles of Narnia. Camping spots can be found near Rostrevor Forest or Kilbroney Park on parkland overlooking the lake.
Enjoy scenic drives, hiking, or adrenaline-pumping sports like rock climbing, mountain biking, and abseiling in the Mourne Mountains, designated as the Mourne AONB. The mountains are full of walking trails, but many run through private land, so wild camping is not permitted in the mountains.
The Ring of Gullion drive takes you to Slieve Gullion mountain and forest park, where you can walk the gardens and woodland trails, enjoy views across to the Mourne Mountains, or climb Slieve Gullion itself, home to heritage sites like passage graves and dolmens. Families love the forest park’s Adventure Playpark and Giant’s Lair amusement park.
Campers can find the best weather between the summer months of May and September. Weekends, 12 July, and school holidays book up fast, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Forest parks are open year-round, but some campgrounds close during winter.