Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, Co.Down

Slieve Donard (Irish: Sliabh Dónairt) is the tallest peak of the Mourne Mountains and is Northern Ireland's highest point. It is located near Newcastle in County Down and overlooks the Irish Sea. There are a number of ways to ascend Donard. Bloody Bridge is one, but here I have ascended from Donard Park in the middle of the town. You are better off bringing suitable footwear such as boots or sturdy walking shoes as the path is rocky in places.



The Mourne Wall climbs the western and southern slopes and connects to a tiny stone tower at the top. There are also the ruins of two ancient burial cairns on the peak.



You will find the trails well maintained but as with most routes, expect some mud and less stable footing after rain. It is often windy on the way so you bring clothing that suits the conditions. Because there are no facilities along the journey, it is necessary to bring water and food. Dogs are welcome and four-leggeds used to routes with inclines will very much enjoy it. There are parking facilities at Donard Car Park and note that the area will be popular on weekends.








Check out the hike on All Trails here.