“Where the Mountain of Mournes sweep down to the sea”
Travel with us around the beautiful Kingdom of Mourne and Saint Patricks Country.
Famed in song and story the world over, this tour of County Down and Saint Patricks Country will leave you breathless. A unique tour takes you on a one day trip around all the major towns and attractions of this spectacular county.
After departing Belfast we travel directly to the ancient Christian heritage town of Downpatrick. On arriving in Downpatrick we will visit Saul Church Saint Patricks first church in Ireland then onto the Church of Ireland Cathedral where Saint Patricks remains are buried in the grave yard. We will also take the opportunity to visit the old county down museum and jail house.
The tour then moves onto Dundrum Castle, a Norman castle located in the village of Dundrum, founded in 1177 by John DeCourcy following his invasion of Ulster. And believed by locals to be haunted by De Courcy ghost.
The tour then heads south to Newcastle, where you step off the beach in Newcastle onto the mountain slopes of Slieve Donard. This picturesque seaside town is popular with tourists and is a must see. It lies between the Mourne Mountain range and the Irish Sea as immortalised by Percy French in his song “The Mountains of Mourne”.
After lunch (not included in price) we will make our way into the Mourne mountains where we will visit a “magic hill”, in a secret location in the heart of the Mourne Mountains where things just aren’t what they seem…faires, leprechauns or natural forces may be involved. you will also experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Ireland including Spelga Dam at a height of 1,200 feet above sea level and surrounded by 6 mountain peaks. The views from this area of the landscape and scenery are spectacular.
Our journey takes us past the Mourne Wall (Irelands answer to the Great Wall of China) constructed between 1904 and 1922 to enclose a reservoir’s catchment area in the Mournes.
Decending from the Mountains we will make the journey from “sky to sea” and follow the Mourne Coastal route to Rostrevor. Our next stop on our day trip will be in the beautiful and historic town of Rostrevor for a short photo stop where you can see across Carlingford Lough into the Irish Republic and the Cooley mountains. Carlingford lough forms part of the international border between the North and South of Ireland.
After Rostrevor the only thing left to do is sit back relax and enjoy your journey back to Belfast
We have years of experience in guiding tourists through the beautiful parts of Ireland. Every tour is led by a fully qualified and passionate guide who will ensure that you are enriched and engaged. For bookings and enquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 028 9077 2180.