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Top Tips for Family Fun in the Mourne Mountains

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Mournes’ the seaside town of Newcastle is home to Northern Ireland's highest mountain range. A popular hub of activity you won't have to stray too far from the town before the adventure really begins.

Be sure to check out our extensive list of activity events and activity experiences in the Mourne MountainsNo experience required, no specialist equipment needed, you don’t need a big group or lots of organisation. Just make a quick call or email to the activity providers to begin your adventure.

A day could easily be spent in Castlewellan Forest Park. The walks and mountain bike trails around the lake will give kids of all ages the freedom to explore the green and blue trails. If you don’t fancy attempting to squeeze everyone’s bikes into the car, bike hire for both adults and kids is available from LIFE Adventure Centre. Once you've explored the lake's shore Life Adventure Centre can get you out on the water. This onsite multi-activity centre not only offers canoe and kayaking but kids can also hit the bullseye at archery or perfect their aim with a spot of laser clay pigeon shooting. Situated beside the peace maze the kids are sure to love exploring ‘Animal Wood’ after their day of activities.   

Families with teenage kids will love the challenge of the Mountain Bike Skills Course at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre just a 20 minute drive from Newcastle. With a number of walking trails waymarked throughout nearby Tollymore Forest Park the kids can explore stepping stones and cross bridges as well as have a blast on the 'Big Deer' burning lots of energy climbing, sliding and running around before taking a seat on one of the deer picnic benches for lunch.

If that hasn't tired them out for even more adventure head towards Bloody Bridge. Don’t let the name put you off as you’ll quickly enter the world of wet bouldering which involves walking, scrambling, jumping, swimming and sometimes crawling along a river with Life Adventure Centre or Outdoor Concepts.  

Make a Break of it! 

With so many great outdoor activities happening in Northern Ireland it makes sense to create a short break around the fun! 

From chic, city boutique hotels to rustic rural retreats and from self-catering apartments to outdoor glamping, Northern Ireland has a wonderful variety of accommodation for all tastes & budgets!

To book a short break or to find out about Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions, accommodation and things to do, visit discovernorthernireland.com

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