hikes or walks are in the Mourne
mountains, Glens of Antrim, the Causeway coast and Slieve
Gullion. As a qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide
I prefer to have a walk and talk approach to my tours
-a walking trail with a tale
included are countryside walks in County Down and a historical
walking tour of Newcastle
you are looking for an experience and not just a destination,
spend a day in the Mournes with Loretto."
Jenn Dodds, USA
Greetings Loretto, from
A note to thank you for the most enjoyable weekend we
just spent with you. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in
the Mourne mountains with you. Such fantastic landscape
and all the more enjoyable for having it all explained
by yourself. It was a pleasure and thank you very much.
I do hope to return again some time. Mairead
Many thanks for a great
day. It was superb. Liz
I really enjoyed the
hike up meelmore and meelbeg. it is something that I would
like to do again. Many thanks Gina
guided for the BBC "Off the Beaten Track" TV
The Mourne Mountain range
is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
interested in the natural environment, wonderful scenery
and built heritage will love the area. Slieve
Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland, stands
prominent, towering over Newcastle Bay.
A popular walking trail
to the top of Slieve Donard
is via the glen river or via Slieve Commedagh, the
many routes in the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside.
One trail known as the Smugglers'
trail or Brandy Pad begins at the coast and goes through
the mountains passing the Ben Crom reservoir and crossing
through the Hares Gap.
High level hikes over
the craggy tops of Slieve Binnian or Slieve Bearnagh provide
opportunities for wonderful views. Other routes explore
the interaction of the granite men with the Mourne
A family walk with a neolithic
twist is to the top of Slieve Gullion. Great views from
the top and an opportunity to see inside a Court Tomb.
If you prefer a lowland
ramble then the Murlough Nature Reserve and Dundrum Bay
trail offers gentle undulating terrain, an opportunity
to do some bird watching and a visit to a norman castle
Close by the Cooley Mountains
also offer great views and a feeling of remoteness. If
you have time and energy after your walk the medieval
town of Carlingford is worth exploring.
The Causeway walk along
the North coast of Ireland to the world heritage site
at the Giant's Causeway provides a mixture of superb cliff
scenery and unusual geological features. Hear about the
myths and legends of the area during your walk. This route
is organised for group bookings.
the event guide for information
on specific dates.
All routes can be tailor
made to suit group bookings.
your local Blue Badge walking Guide for further information.
Blue Badge is the UK's highest tourist guiding qualification