Whether you choose to take a stroll along the Enniskeen Country House Hotel woodland trail down to the Shimna River, dander through the neighbouring Tollymore Forest Park to see the Hermitage, or conquer Slieve Donard (Northern Irelands highest mountain) - Enniskeen Country House Hotel is ideally located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains for some of the best walking holidays in Ireland.

Low level marked walking trails are suited to all abilities and rarely stray far from the road. Most of these marked trails have their own map as well as sign posts. Popular low level walks include:

  • Enniskeen Country House Hotel woodland trail down to Shimna River (Bring a picnic down to the river!)
  • Tollymore Forest Park - Shimna River and Hermitage
  • Murlough Blue Flag Beach and Sand Dunes, Dundrum Bay and Keel Point (Nature Reserve managed by National Trust).
  • Granite Trail (Newcastle harbour) and Newcastle Promenade
  • Silent Valley Reservoir
  • Castle Ward Estate (National Trust Boundary Trail)
  • Guided Walks - why not let one of our talented and fully qualified walking guides lead you along some of the best local walks and share with you local history stories?

    Hill Walking - The best of Ireland's hill walks lie right on the doorstep of Enniskeen Country House Hotel, you will be spoiled for choice with the stunning Mourne Mountain Range. Experienced and knowledgeable guides can be organised by the Enniskeen Country House Hotel. Popular hill walking routes in our area include:

  • Slieve Donard Newcastle (Conquer Northern Ireland's Highest Mountain)
  • Brandy Pad (An old smugglers route through the Mourne Mountains)
  • Blue Lough and Binnian Granite Tours
  • Mourne Way (Route used by the annual Mourne International Walking Festival)
  • At the Enniskeen many of our staff are keen walkers and understand the importance of good facilities and hospitality after a long day on the trail! As well as wholesome food, drinks by a cosy open fire and a good nights sleep we can provide the following to make your stay that more enjoyable:

  • Effective drying room with dehumidifiers to ensure your kit is dry for the morning
  • Recommended walking routes
  • Laminated maps and local access advice
  • Wholesome pack lunches and thermos flasks
  • Mini-coach pick-up/drop-off shuttle service
  • Bag transfer services
  • Mourne Mountains hotels accomodation
  • Walking boots, waterproof clothing and rucksacks for hire
  • Airport mini-coach transfers

    Spectacular scenery with a diversity of landscape and physical features offers a simply unique place for the best walking holidays in Ireland. The entire Mourne Mountains area is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) partly owned by the National Trust and is currently being proposed as Northern Ireland's very first National Park.

    The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits crowned by granite tors. The Mourne upland is dominated by a compact ring of 12 mountains, each rising above 600m, with the highest peak, Slieve Donard, reaching 853m.

    Outlying areas of Co Down also offer great low level walking opportunities namely the Saint Patrick's trail and the Boundary Trail in Castle Ward Estate (Strangford).

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