Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

A 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

The walk is located within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The AONB is an area of national landscape importance and is centred on the craggy heather covered hills of a circular ring dyke volcano that erupted over 50 million years ago.

There is a beautiful walled garden, a mountain top trail to two megalithic cairns and a lake, with stunning views.  There is also a children's playpark.

The huge burial cairn located on the summit of the mountain, the South Cairn, is known as The Calliagh Berras House and is the highest surviving passage tomb in Ireland.

Facilities

Accessible toilets
Café
Parking
Family and Children
The Giant’s Lair, is magical living storybook brought to life through a trail of intertwined fairy houses and arts features creating a childhood land with dragons, giants and fairies. The Giants Lair is inspired by legend and mythical folklore on over a mile of woodlands at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Opening Hours

Open Easter until the end of summer

Monday -Sunday 10.00am - dusk

Café open 10am - 4pm daily

Charges

Access: 

Free admission

Parking: 

Free parking

Walk Trails

Circular, 9.5 miles

Slieve Gullion. A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads.

Circular, 1 miles

The Giant's Lair Slieve Gullion. Off-road broadleaf woodland walk.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 10 miles

Newry to Slieve Gullion Courtyard. Scenic route through the Ring of Gullion AONB..

Comments

Susan Tierney 24 August, 2014 @ 13:47

Hi I was wondering if anyone left in a Childs grey hoodie top with mullaghbawn camogie crest on it. This was left behind on Sunday 24th in slieve gullion forest park. If so could you contact bridge O'Neill on 02830889417. Thank you

Louise 31 August, 2014 @ 00:55

I'm interested in taking up Clay Pigeon Shooting and wondered do you have a club for this activity on Slieve Gullion.

Thank you,

Louise Clarke.

OutdoorNI 8 September, 2014 @ 15:04

Hi Louise,

Many thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we don't have a list of clubs. I would suggest getting in contact with the Ulster Clay Pigeon Association to find out more information on clubs in your area and how to get involved http://www.ucpsa.com/ucpsa/ or alternatively check out the Clay Pigeon Shooting Northern Ireland Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claypigeon-shooting-northern-ireland/266078050086562?sk=timeline

You can also visit the OutdoorNI clay pigeon shooting page for a list of activity providers in Northern Ireland who provide clay pigeon shooting http://www.outdoorni.com/activities/clay-pigeon-shooting/activity-providers/

I hope you find the above information helpful.

Stephen 5 February, 2015 @ 09:40

Hi I assisting an archaeologist locate old millstone quarries across Ireland and recently recorded the millstone in the lake on top of Slievegullion. I have came across old records stating that there was quite a millstone quarrying industry in the area around Slievegullion, and I would be very interested in any more Millstone quarry sites. If anyone knows of other millstones being quarried in south Armagh please contact me on the email address russellrowantree@btinternet.com

OutdoorNI 5 February, 2015 @ 10:24

Hi Russell,

I would suggest contacting Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism and hopefully they will be able to provide you with more information on what you are looking for.

http://www.mournecooleygullion.com/contact

All the best with the research.

OutdoorNI

Marna 11 February, 2015 @ 17:39

Hi just checking your cafe times are u open at the moment ? And are their any activities for kids in the coming weeks .?

OutdoorNI 12 February, 2015 @ 13:20

Hi Marna,

Grounded Coffee Shop is open every day 9.00-5.00pm. Here is there number if you wish to get in contact before you arrive 028 3084 9786

As well as numerous walking trails, Slieve Gullion is home to a Forest Adventure Park which is open all year round. We do not manage the forest park ourselves but are a promotional body for a range of outdoor spaces throughout Northern Ireland therefore you would have to contact the forest park directly for details of any specific events happening in the coming months Tel: (028) 3086 1949

Nigel McKinney 16 March, 2015 @ 15:49

Hi- see from the website that the drive and hence the upper carpark is closed. What's the quickest/shortest route to the summit from the bottom carpark?

OutdoorNI 16 March, 2015 @ 16:51

Hi Nigel,

Many thanks for your enquiry via Local Outdoors. The drive is currently closed to cars due to tree felling taking place however is still open to walkers (please be aware that there may be lorries using the road).

The two route options are to follow the forest drive from the bottom car park to the summit or alternatively there is a small layby on the Ballard Rd where you can park your car and follow the route to the summit from here. A map of the forest park with these options can be downloaded here: http://www.walkni.com/walks/63/slieve-gullion/

annissa 2 April, 2015 @ 10:49

Is there a big zipline that u have to get strapped into? Or is it a Childs park zipline.

OutdoorNI 2 April, 2015 @ 11:28

Hi Annissa,

The zipline at Slieve Gullion is part of the children's play park, you can see a picture of it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290974825897226296/

For information on where you can go zipling in Northern Ireland see here: http://www.outdoorni.com/activities/high-ropes-zip-lines/events/

stephen 10 April, 2015 @ 19:29

Can you tell me if the cafe is just a coffee shop or do you sell hot food, have you a price list online .Thanks

OutdoorNI 13 April, 2015 @ 10:34

Hi Stephen,

For more information on the Grounded Coffee Shop including details of their menu telephone 028 3084 9786

deirdre 3 July, 2015 @ 08:48

hi could you tell me if is there a bus from belfast that could take me to the forest park?

OutdoorNI 15 July, 2015 @ 11:09

Hi Deidre,

Many thanks for your enquiry via the Local Outdoors Slieve Gullion page.

To get to Slieve Gullion Forest Park from Belfast you can take Bus 238A from Europa Bus Centre, Belfast to Newry Bus centre then take Bus 443 towards Meigh, Slieve Gullion Forest (note this bus service operates July & August only)

For more details including timetables see the Translink journey planner http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/web/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2

Robbie 16 July, 2015 @ 13:54

Hello, could you tell me if the road through the forrest park and top car park is open again to the public?

thanks

Robbie

OutdoorNI 17 July, 2015 @ 09:54

Hi Robbie,

Many thanks for your enquiry re Slieve Gullion Forest Park via Local Outdoors.

Due to large visitor numbers, temporarily the only access to Slieve Gullion Forest Park between 11.30am and 5.30pm is via the ‘Park and Ride’ facility which departs from Johnny Murphy’s Restaurant and Bar in Meigh. The first bus out is 11.30am and the last bus return 5.30pm and are all pet friendly.

Private hire coaches must call ahead to Newry Visitor information Centre on +44 (0)28 3031 3170. If spaces are available blue badge holders will be accommodated, call ahead on +44 (0)28 3031 3170.

For visitors to the scenic drive please inform the park wardens on your arrival who will assist you to your destination.

For more information contact Newry Visitor information Centre on +44 (0)28 3031 3170

catherine 26 October, 2015 @ 21:43

we plan to visit slieve gullion next Saturday 31st October. will the café be open at lunch time? also if we drive to the upper carpark to climb to the summit how do we drive back>

thank you

OutdoorNI 27 October, 2015 @ 15:45

Hi Catherine,

Great to hear you are planning a visit to Slieve Gullion.

For more information on the Grounded Coffee Shop including details of their opening times telephone 028 3084 9786

For more information regarding the current car parking situation contact Newry Visitor information Centre on +44 (0)28 3031 3170

Cathy mccreanor 7 December, 2015 @ 18:04

Had great day today hope to see the photo I was with the trust

OutdoorNI 8 December, 2015 @ 09:38

Hi Cathy,

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the forest park. We are a promotional body for a range of outdoor spaces in Northern Ireland and do not actually manage Slieve Gullion. If you are hoping to see photos from your visit I would suggest checking out the Ring of Gullion AONB facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ring.of.Gullion or emailing info@ringofgullion.org

Linda 10 January, 2016 @ 19:20

Hi planning on staying in carrickdale hotel and making a trip to you's this summer. Would it be best to park at Murphy's bar and get bus from there to yous?

OutdoorNI 13 January, 2016 @ 13:43

Hi Linda,

If you contact Slieve Gullion Forest Park directly they will be able to answer any of your queries on access, transport or car parking +44(0)28 3086 1949

Enjoy your visit!

Dickson 15 February, 2016 @ 21:45

Hi,

I am planning to visit the park for a day trip from Belfast city center for next week or so. Would it be possible as I saw that you mentioned earlier there may not be any buses available. I hope to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Dickson

OutdoorNI 16 February, 2016 @ 10:01

Hi Dickson,

Many thanks for your enquiry via the Local Outdoors Slieve Gullion page. Although you can get to Newry from Belfast on Bus 238A from Europa Bus Centre unfortunately the Bus from here to the forest park (Bus 443) is only operational July and August.

I would suggest contacting Newry Visitor Information Centre for further advice on transport and access.

Newry Visitor information Centre on +44 (0)28 3031 3170

newryvic@newryandmourne.gov.uk

maria gordillo 7 July, 2016 @ 06:11

I'll be visiting Belfast on mid August with my 7 year old daughter. We would not have a car, is there a way to get to the part from Belfast by bus?

thanks

OutdoorNI 7 July, 2016 @ 10:03

Many thanks for your enquiry via the Local Outdoors Slieve Gullion page.

To get to Slieve Gullion Forest Park from Belfast you can take Bus 238A from Europa Bus Centre, Belfast to Newry Bus centre. From here you will need to take Bus Service 42 Newry to Forkhill however I am unsure as to how far from the forest park the most relevant stop is – I don’t believe it passes the entrance so you may have to walk. I would suggest contacting Translink for more information – +44 (0)28 90 66 66 30

For more details including timetables see the Translink journey planner http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/web/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2

Contact

+44 (0) 28 9052 4480

Location

89 Drumintee Road
Killeavy
Newry
BT35 8SW

From Newry take the Dublin Road until the Cloghoge Roundabout (2km). Travel on the B113 towards Forkhill, for approximately 5km past Meigh until the sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park on the right hand side of the road just before Drumintee. Follow the drive past the Courtyard Centre to the car park which is the start and finish of the walk (GR J042196). Bus Service No 43 from Newry passes the Forest Park entrance.

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