With it being World Tourism Day, we thought we would share our top ten places to visit and things to do (according to our customers) here in the majestic Kingdom Of Mourne.
1. Neary Nogs Chocolate Factory
Form an orderly queue please…. because yes, there is an actual chocolate factory in the Kingdom of Mourne! The Neary family have been making award winning, bean to bar chocolate since 2011. You can visit their factory where you will be experience the art of chocolate making right before your eyes! Artisan chocolate at its finest. Hand crafted bars, hot chocolate and tempting truffles await, no golden ticket required! NearyNógs Stoneground Chocolate (nearynogs.com)
2.Walk the Mournes
Pull on the hiking boots and fill the flask, the Mournes are calling! Join expert guide Peter as you explore the trails and tracks which once bustled with traffic in time gone by. Discover tales of the land which has inspired songwriters and artists alike and enjoy the unrivalled sights of the Majestic Mournes. Walk the Mournes – Peter Rafferty Mourne Mountains Walking Tours
3. Foraging with Crawford’s Rock
Join Michelle on the shores of Derryogue Harbour and learn the skill of foraging for seaweed. Follow in ancient footsteps by combing the beach for this sought-after superfood. Meander through the tide and enjoy a meal sprinkled with salts and seasonings from the multi award winning Crawford’s Rock.
4. Beer Hut Brewing Company
If you’re looking for a refreshing new beverage after a long day exploring the Mournes, then look no further! The lads at Beer Hut Brewing Company have poured endless hours of passion into making thee best pale ales and craft beers on the block (Peanut butter cream Porter is a must try). Make your way to the brewery for their monthly tap room tasting nights, a bite to eat, and a bit of craic.
5. Cranfield Alpacas
Head over to Cranfield where you will meet Pamela and Peter and their famous Alpacas. Learn about life with the herd and how they came to be in Sunny Cranfield. You’ll get to feed these fluffy friends, learn their names and make unforgettable memories with family and friends.
6. Silent Valley Reservoir
Stroll around the Silent Valley and absorb the spectacular views. Learn about the Men who built the reservoir Dam and bore their way through Binnian Tunnel almost a century ago. Hear stories of Watertown in the on-site Museum, pop in for a coffee and enjoy the serenity of the Silent Valley.
7. Kilbroney Forest Park and the Narnia Trail.
Visit the postcard perfect village of Rostrevor and explore one of its hidden gems. Kilbroney Forest Park overlooks Carlingford Lough and is home to the magical Narnia Trail. Travel through the wardrobe door and into the whimsical world of C.S Lewis. Be on the look out for Aslan and friends as you venture through the winding woodlands where famous footsteps once walked.
8. Mourne Mermaids.
Embrace the day and whet your appetite for the outdoor dip with the Mourne Mermaids. Call down to Kilkeel beach for a twice weekly dose of cold-water therapy with these lovely (and brave) local ladies and enjoy the benefits associated with this exhilarating experience. Join the group on Facebook for more info.
9. Mourne Sea Tours.
Hop on board the stunning ‘Mourne Lady’ for a tour on the tide. Sit back, relax and let expert skipper Ian showcase the scenery from Dundrum Bay and beyond. Soak in the sights, which inspired the famous lyrics “Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the Sea”. A true Percy French experience. Operating May-October.
10. Made In Mourne
Made In Mourne is the place to go if you love local! This social enterprise in Kilkeel encapsulates all things Mourne and supports over 70 local creatives. The gift shop showcases bespoke handmade crafts and artisan foods whilst the Made in Mourne business hub creates the perfect co working environment and base for business start-ups.
So, where will you visit next?
“Bountiful Seas and gems dot the coast, the Kingdom of Mourne, our treasure trove” WGH