Next month sees the 2017 Mourne International Walking Festival taking place from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June.

The festival, based in Warrenpoint traditionally attracts walkers from all over the world and for 2017 the organisers would like to see people from all over Northern Ireland join our international visitors.

Organisers are delighted that the Mourne International Walking Festival has recently been awarded ‘2016 Best Walking Festival’ and the Mourne Mountains have been awarded ‘2016 Best Walking Destination in Northern Ireland’.

Mourne International Walking Festival runs from 23 - 25 June 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Mourne International Walking Festival runs from 23 - 25 June 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

There are a range of both guided and self-guided walks to suit various levels of fitness and experience so that families, strollers and serious walkers alike can take part. The lowland routes are pre-marked allowing you to walk at your own pace and are perfect for those wishing to take kids along, with refreshments at control points at intervals along the route. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

Pre booking is open now and a pre-booking discount is available. Alternatively, you can register on the morning of the walks.  

You can revive tired feet with music at the annual Blister Ball, which is held this year in the Lough and Quay, Warrenpoint. 

THE WALKS

Friday 23 June

Walk 1 – 18.1km Guided Ramble (moderate)
Spelga along Mourne Way to Kilbroney.
 
Saturday 24 June
 
Walk 1 – 10km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Donaghaguy Lake, Burren, Ballydesland, Clonallon Glebe, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.
 
Walk 2 – 20km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Donaghaguy Lake, Burren, Tamnaharry (Ulster Way), Clontifleece, Aghavilly, Ballydesland, Clonallon Glebe, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.

Walk 3 – 9km Guided Slieve Gullion Walk

Killeavy Old Church, Ballard, North Cairn, South Cairn, Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
 
Walk 4 – 20km Guided Mountain Ramble (moderate)
Carricklittle Car park, Binnian Lough, Ben Crom Dam, Doan, Loughshannagh, Ott Track.
 
Walk 5 – 20km Guided Mountain Hike (strenuous)
Carricklittle, Slieve Binnian, Ben Crom, Doan, Slieve Loughshannagh, Ott Mountain.
 
Sunday 25 June
 
Walk 1 – 10km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Clonallon Glebe, St Brigid’s Cottages, Ulster Way, Drumsesk Road, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.
 
Walk 2 – 20km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Clonallon Glebe, St Brigid’s Cottages, Ulster Way, Ghann River Valley, Knockbarragh, Drumreagh Road, Ulster Way, Drumsesk Road, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.
 
Walk 3 – 8.2km Guided Mountain Ramble (moderate)
Ballintur, Knockshee, Slieve Martin, Rostrevor.
 
Walk 4 – 18.2km Guided Mountain Hike (strenuous)
Glenloughan Rd, Rocky, Red Bog, Finlieve, Shanlieve, Tievedockarragh, Yellow Water, Rostrevor
 
For more information or to book contact the Warrenpoint Tourist Office on 028 4175 2256, visit mournewalking.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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