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Mournes Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: NOISG7B

Tour Overview

This tour leads you around the Kingdom of Down , visiting Starting and the Lagan Valley, the Cooley Peninsula, Carlingford Lough, the Mountains of Mourne, Strangford Lough, the Ards Peninsula and St Patrick’s Country.

Starting in Moira, the first leg takes you south along the Newry Canal to Newry at the head of Carlingford Lough for a two night halt. The loop ride explores the Cooley Peninsula to the west of the lough. Leaving Newry you follow the coast north to Rostrevor and then climb through the Mournes to the Spelga Pass from where you drop down to Castlewellan. The next leg continues around Dundrum Bay to Downpatrick for a two night stopover. The loop route explores St Patrick’s Country and the southern end of the Ards Peninsula. The last leg returns to Moira via the shores of Strangford Lough, the drumlins of County Down and Hillsborough.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.
The itinerary follows routes M, N, O, P, Q and R or S.
This tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The Newry Canal Cycle Path
  • Narrow Water Castle
  • The Ring of Gullion
  • The Silent Valley
  • Tollymore Forest Park
  • Dundrum Castle
  • St John’s Point lighthouse
  • Inch Abbey in Downpatrick
  • Nendrum Monastic Site
  • Castle Espie Wildfowl Sanctuary


  • Carlingford Lough
  • Inch Abbey
  • Killyleag & Strangford Lough
  • Legananny DOlmen
  • Mount Stewart
  • Mournes
  • Mournes
  • Nendrum Monastery
  • The Silent Valley
  • Tollymore Forest Park


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending a night or two in Belfast at the beginning or end of the biking.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at MOIRA          
2 route M^ Moira Newry    
Newry Canal Path; Scarva; Loughbrickland
3 route N Newry Newry
Carlingford Castle; CooleyPeninsula; Ring of Gullion
4 route O* Newry Castlewellan    
Warrenpoint; Silent Valley; Mourne Mountains; Spelga Pass; Tollymore Forest Park
5 route P Castlewellan Downpatrick  
Dundrum Castle; Tyrella Beach; Ardglass; Struel Wells; St Patrick's Grave
6 route Q Downpatrick Downpatrick  
Castleward; Strangford; Portaferry; Mountstewart; Greyabbey
7 route R Downpatrick Moira  
Inch Abbey; Rowallane; Saintfield; Hillsborough
or 7 route S* Downpatrick Belfast    
Inch Abbey; Nendrum Monastic Site; Castle Espie; Comber Greenway
8 depart from MOIRA or BELFAST        

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
Ridgeback Touring
Trek Road
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

Click here for more details on what's included in the costs above.

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