Top 5 must see places in County Down

County Down has some of the best hidden gems in Ireland from the coastal route of the Mourne Mountains to Stranford Lough. Here are the top 5 places to visit in this gorgeous part of the world.

(photo from discovernorthernireland.com)

5: Rostrevor

Rostrevor is a small village that lies at the foot of Slieve Martin on the coast of Carlingford Lough near Warrenpoint. The views are one of the most beautiful in Co Down and the walks in Kilbroney park are to die for . The link below with provide you with a number of scenic walks: https://discovernorthernireland.com/Rostrevor-Cloughmore-Stone-P15667/

Spelga Dam

4: Spelga Dam

Spelga Dam is a reservoir in the Mourne Mountians witch has great views of the valley below with the magic hill is located . See our tour guide Kevin having fun.

(photo from enjoythemournes.com)

3: Silent Valley

Ringed by mountains, ‘The Silent Valley’, located within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, houses beautiful parkland, lakes and a pond. People come to enjoy the peace and solitude of this mountain area with its unique landscapes and varied wildlife. You can also see the boundaries of the Mourne walls right around the mountains.

Pease Maze

2: Castlewellan

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding parks in NI. To walk around the forest park’s mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way, is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping. Beside ‘Animal Wood’ you’ll find the Peace Maze, one of the world’s largest permanent hedge mazes representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland

(photo from belfastelegraph.com

1: The Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits crowned by granite tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks.

Our personal favrouite walk is this scenic walk, leads from the Bloody Bridge car park along the edge of the Bloody Bridge River and back again.
Click here to view it – http://walkni.com/mourne-mountains/bloody-bridge-river-walk/