Time to explore – check out these seven awesome walks! – Armagh I
There’s never been a better time to hang out with family or furry friends and enjoy the fresh air as the restrictions ease.
We’ve compiled a list of local walks near our ferry terminals in Greencastle and Greenore to help you get out there and make the most of the beautiful areas we live in.
Take advantage of this moment with your family and do your part to protect your loved ones and those around you.
Cranfield Beach, Kilkeel
Park your vehicle at our Greencastle terminal and walk along the rugged coastline to Cranfield Beach. Let the sand pass between your toes and paddle through the salt water, while you stretch your legs and walk as far as the eye can see.
See the Haulbowline Lighthouse, the gatekeeper to Carlingford Lough, and keep an eye out for local wildlife including our sea dogs and a wide range of water birds such as seagulls and cormorants.
Silent Valley Mountain Park, Kilkeel
Enjoy a walk in the tranquility of Silent Valley Mountain Park. Follow the forest trails and immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest.
Discover the industrial heritage that gave birth to the magnificent Ben Crom Dam and shaped the surrounding landscapes. If you’re feeling energized, you can walk the gently asphalt road sweeping past the magnificent Ben Crom Dam, located just over 2.5 miles along the reservoir with towering mountains on either side.
The Blue Lough, Annalong
Walk to Blue Lough, through Annalong Wood where you can appreciate the grandeur of the mountains without the strenuous climb. Just park your car at the small Carrick parking lot and go up the lane where you will find a black gate.
Follow the path past the gate to Blue Lough where the remains of a fighter plane are rumored to lie under its waters. If you’re up to the task, you can go past Blue Lough to the crossroads between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan, which offers panoramic views of the Ben Crom Reservoir.
From the parking lot, the walk to Blue Lough and back is approximately 4.5 miles, while the route to the junction and back is approximately 6 miles in total. Both walks require a good pair of walking shoes or at the very least a good pair of sturdy sneakers as the path can get quite rocky in places.
Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle
Take the opportunity to walk the charming trails of Tollymore. There are a number of forest and forest walks, with something to suit all skill levels.
Enjoy the short but leisurely walk down the river or for those looking for a bigger challenge why not take the red or black hiking trails, which take you to the outer forest edge next to the open mountain and offer a panoramic view of Newcastle. You will find information and guides on the various routes available on the display boards in the main car park.
Carlingford Omeath Green Lane
The Carlingford Omeath Greenway sits along the shore of Carlingford Lough has been described as a hidden gem on the North Louth coast. Approximately 10 km long, the scenic Greenway stretches between Omeath and Carlingford, crossing fields full of grazing sheep and ancient level crossings with a variety of wildlife, wildflowers to see, as well as a breathtaking view over the lake to the Morne mountains.
The trail is part of the ‘Great Eastern Greenway’ set and was named the ‘National Trail’ in 2016. Reviewers have described it as’ a great place to walk around a bit and ideal for novice cyclists including including the smallest. “
Slieve Foye and Cooley Mountains Unspoiled rolling countryside, beautiful seascapes and vistas from mountain peaks in all directions, the Carlingford and Cooley Mountains offer a walker’s paradise of all skill levels.
The Slieve Foye Loop is a walker favorite and takes you up the mountain slopes above Carlingford on good, solid paths.
Approximately 5 miles long and suitable for those of an average fitness level, you can start the walk outside the main Carlingford Tourist Office. For more information and instructions on the Slieve Foye Loop walk, click here.
Slieve Foye Woods
The Slieve Foye Woods lie at the foot of Slieve Foye Mountain and take the name of the towering peak of the Cooley Mountains.
There are two car parks in the forest with picnic areas, offering panoramic views of the Le Morne mountains which are located on the other side of the lake. The main forest trail is 4 km long and follows part of the Tain Way, a marked national route over long distances. If you prefer a scenic drive, the driving routes in this part of Louth are widely regarded as having some of the finest scenery in the country, with stunning views over Carlingford Bay and the Morne Mountains, from the upper car park.
To get into the forest take the R173 northeast of Carlingford towards Omeath and Newry. After about 3.5 km you will find the entrance to the forest on your left.
Ravensdale Forest Park
There are three marked trails in Ravensdale Forest, located in the wooded estate of Lord Clermont’s former estate, just 20 minutes from our Greenore ferry terminal.
You can enjoy a walk along the Tain Trail, the Ring of Gullion, and the shorter 1.5 mile Ravensdale Loop Trail. The site is a mixed forest rising steeply to the top of the Montagne Noire (506m) with many kilometers of forest tracks and roads, well worth a visit for a picnic and to admire the beautiful trees, the wild flora and archaeological features, such as standing stones, bridges and old roads. You can access the marked routes of the Tain Way or the Ring of Gullion from the forest.
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