Walking in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains

Self-guided walking holiday in Ireland

From € 689.- / 7 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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​Sample the varied landscapes and trails of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains during this walking holiday.
This journey will take you to the counties Louth in the Republic and down in Northern Ireland; a region largely undiscovered by the masses. The Mourne Mountains or Mournes are mountain range build up from granite that has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and is proposed as the first national park in Northern Ireland. The Cooley region offers a unique mixture of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, and a rich cultural history.

During this walking holiday you will stay in a number of accommodations to allow you to experience the very best the region has to offer. Your luggage will be transported for you.

Accommodation in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains

Your hosts work with a wide range of high quality B&Bs that are generally 3 star standard and all recognised by Bord Failte or the Northernireland Tourist board. During one overnight in the Mourne Mountains you will stay in a hostel, but your hosts will always attempt to book you in an en-suite double room.

Accommodation setting in Cooley

Breakfast is included in this walking holiday.

Walking in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains

Hiker with a dog on a trail with a magnificent view of the mountains
Walking path going uphill

This Trek across the Cooley and Mourne Mountains is the ideal way to sample the varied landscapes and walks that these mountains have to offer. You trek across the counties Louth in the Republic and down in Northern Ireland getting a full sense of the region that has until now been hidden from most hillwalkers.Blackrock will be your base for the first 2 nights after which you will stay in Carlingford, Rostrevor, Attical and finally Newcastle. These are all unique places and worth a visit in their own right. The Trek totals 72km.

Cooley and Mourne mountains walking holiday itinerary

Hiker walking on a long twisting trail
Old ruins
The itinerary of this walking holiday in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains can be made longer by adding some additional walking days. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

Day 1 – Arrival. You will receive your welcome pack with all the walk descriptions and maps at your first B&B in Blackrock. Should you arrive early in the day you have the option to walk Slieve Gullion, a looped walk of approx. 15k. There is a €10.- surcharge for the additional pick up and transfer to your B&B.

Day 2 – Ravensdale – Lumpers (Cooley) 12km. You will be dropped at the start point for your walk in Ravensdale forest. A steep climb will bring you to the black mountains from where you have a fantastic view over the Slieve Gullion volcanic crater. To the south you can see the Dublin Mountains and to the north you get the first glimps of Slieve Foye above Carlingford and the Mourne mountains. You will walk along the ridge, passing 2 Cairns, before descending to the Lumpers. Here you will be picked up for a transfer back to your B&B.

Day 3 – Lumpers – Carlingford (Cooley) 18km. Today’s walk will bring you across the Cooley mountains from the Lumpers into the central Cooley valley before climbing again over the crest to find Carlingford at your feet. Before you’ll get there you will pass through Maeve’s gap and past a grave tomb and a deserted 19th century village from before the great irish famine.

Day 4 – Carlingford – Rostrevor: rest day or optional walk – 8km. In the summer months there is a ferry from Omeath to Warrenpoint and there is the opportunity for a great walk from Carlingford to Rostrevor (June – August). The rest of the year you have the option of walking to Omeath and taking the bus to Warrenpoint (via Newry) and walk to Rostrevor or take a day off (no punishment when in Carlingford). You can also do a variety of looped walks from Carlingford or even climb Slieve Foye (580m). Overnight in Rostrevor.

Day 5 – Rostrevor – Deerpark – 15km. Leaving Rostrevor you will now make your way into the Mourne Mountains. This walk provides varied views and paths from forrest tracks to heather and peaty tracks. At the end you will be collected and brought to your accommodation in Attical. This hostel was set up and built as a village project to bring income to the area and is run by volunteers.

Day 6 – Deerpark – Newcastle – 20 km. You will be dropped close to the previous day end point and from here you will walk across the Mourne Mountains and through the beautiful Tollymore forest park and into Newcastle where you will spend the final night before departure. This again is hill-walking at its best. This Trek will inspire you to come back for more!

Day 7 – Departure after breakfast.

Dates and Availability

Mountain lake in the distance
City on a shore
This walking holiday in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains is completely flexible and can start on any date subject to accommodation availability. Transfers from airports are available at additional cost, please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.

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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From € 689.- / 7 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • GPS tracks available
    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • 6 Nights accommodation
    • 6x Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Route descriptions and maps

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking
    hills and low mountains
    • Hills to low mountains
    • Easy to moderate walking

    Best time to go:

    March – October

    Contact Details:

    Walking in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains, a Self-guided walking holiday in Ireland by Walking Holiday Ireland

    Contact: Cliff & Louise
    Telephone: +353 87 957 3856
    +353 42 932 3396

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    Getting there:

    • Dublin Airport (82 km)
    • Belfast Airport (112 km)

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