Here are some quick Slieve Donard tips, so that you can conquer this mountain in Co Down, Ireland. Ready, steady… go!
Slieve Donard Tips and How to
- Height:849 meter (2786 ft) Northern Ireland’s highest peak. The 19th tallest in the whole island. One of the 20 peaks in Mourne Mountains.
Slieve Donard Tips – How to get there
First you need to get to Newcastle. It takes 40 minutes to drive to Newcastle from Belfast City Airport and just over 30 minutes from Belfast via the A24 to Clough.
From Newcastle you need to go to Bloody Bridge Car Park, which is around 5 minutes drive away.
Or, you can take the Mourne Rambler bus: During July and August the bus follows a circular route around the mountains allowing you to hop off and walk and then catch the bus again.
The service is available on the hour from 9:30am-4:30pm, starts and finishes at Newcastle Bus Station and stops at the following destinations: Bryansford, Village, Trassey Bridge, Mourne Rambler, The Rock Shop, Mourne Rambler, Meelmore, Mourne Rambler, Fofanny Dam Mourne Rambler, Ott Mountain, Mourne Rambler, Pigeon Rock, Mourne Rambler, Slievenagore, Mourne Rambler, Silent Valley, Car Park, Carrick Little, Mourne Rambler, Rouke’s Park, Mourne Rambler, Bloody Bridge, Bloody Bridge, Glenada House, Mourne Rambler.
For update information call the Newcastle bus station on 028-4372 2296.
Slieve Donard Tips – Climbing
Why is it important? Well, imagine building a wall from natural granite stone using traditional dry stone walling techniques for 18 years! (1904 -1922) By hand! For 22 miles (35 kms)! And not just a low wall, the average height is about 1.5 m and almost a meter thick. It encompasses an area of 9.000 acres and passes over 15 of the 20 Mourne Mountains. Ok, they worked only from April to October, but still…
Have you read our Slieve Donard story?
We climbed , Slieve Croob too. What memories!
And what about the essentials:
Hiking safety tips
What to wear when hiking
and ofcourse…. the history of hiking!
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Photo credits: Ryan McD at Flickr. Many Thanks.
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