Kilkeel Golf Club opened in 1993 but with a history spanning over 80 years. This developing inland course has already played joint host to some of the world’s most watched golf tournaments including the British Amateur Championship and the Senior British Open alongside the famous links at nearby Royal County Down.
Tour 20 key Game of Thrones filming location hotspots including Winterfell Castle, Robb’s Camp, Walder Frey’s Twins, Brienne’s Tree Branch, Winterfell Brothel, The Whispering Wood and many more…
The Mourne Seafood Cookery School is a brand new state of art cookery school located in the Nautilus Centre just minutes away from our Hotel, with panoramic views of Kilkeel harbour. You will find the freshest fish and seafood at the home of Northern Ireland’s largest fishing fleet. For those seafood lovers this is an ideal way to learn more about what to look for when buying, handling and cooking seafood.
You can take part in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, abseiling, orienteering etc at Castlewellan Forest Park with Life Adventure Centre. For all your outdoor needs!
For horse riding and mountain treks, contact Gamekeeper’s Lodge Equestrian Centre Located in the heart of the Mournes. They also offer archery, children's paintballing and other outdoor activities.
There are a number of way-marked cycle routes in the Mournes. Cycle route maps can be obtained from Kilkeel Tourist Information Centre. You can now enjoy a Loop of the Carlingford Lough, or challenging cycles through the upper Mournes.
There are walks in the area including: forest walks, beach walks, lowland or upland walks in the high Mournes. Kilkeel has a heritage town trail which is a walking tour of the main points of interest and historical sites. Heritage Trail maps along with Ordnance Survey Maps, Walking Routes and free local activity brochures which detail a number of walks in the area can be obtained from Kilkeel Tourist Information Centre.
Cranfield Pitch n Putt 18 hole course is located approx. 3 miles south of Kilkeel on the main Cranfield Road. Equipment for Hire. Fun for the whole family. Tel: +4428 4176 3564
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The Scenic Carlingford Ferry sails between the Village of Greenore, Co Louth to the town land of Greencastle, Co. Down. Enjoy stunning views of the Mourne and Cooley Mountains, seals, dolphins, castles and islands. The crossing takes 15-20 minutes and caters for all types of vehicles, foot passengers and cyclists (except articulated lorries). Click here for more details ...
If you just want to get away for a short break, relax, take in some sites and stunning scenery, eat some great seafood, then look no further. You will love a short break in the Mournes where it’s peace and quiet, will refresh and revive you ...
If you are planning an outing for your group and are looking for ideas, then we have 3 great 1 day itineraries for you to choose from, to take the hassle away for you.
On the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.
This is the No 1 Visitor attraction in the Mournes. This stunningly beautiful and tranquil park in he heart of the Mournes, with nature walks, childrens' adventure play park, visitor centre, cafe, picnic areas, stunning views.
Play the No 1 Golf Course in the world, which is just 25 minutes drive from the hotel. A must for all those who enjoy a round of challenging links golf, in a most beautiful setting with the Majestic Mournes as a stunning backdrop.
Take the kids to Seascope to get up close with lobsters, learn about them and other sea creatures, have fun in the touch tank and the kids will love the nautical crafts. Located at Kilkeel harbour.
Stroll along the golden strand of N Ireland's only south facing beach. You can go rock pooling, fossil hunting and see if you can see any Viking ballast along the beach. You can walk to Greencastle and see the oysters beds and seals.
Made in Mourne is a local arts and craft emporium, full of local paintings, handmade crafts and gifts, just 2 minutes from the Hotel. There are lots of little independent shops in Kilkeel where you can browse and receive a warm welcome.
The Titanic Centre is the worlds leading Visitor attraction and a must see. Learn all about this famous ship that was built in Belfast, just over an hours drive from the hotel. We would advise pre-booking your tickets.
Newgrange is the best known Irish passage tomb and dates to c.3,200BC. The large mound is approximately 80m in diameter and is surrounded at its base by a kerb of 97 stones. The most impressive of these stones is the highly decorated Entrance Stone. Pre booking tickets is essential.
Visit Ireland's Patron Saint's burial place and learn all about St Patrick's legacy while he was in Ireland. Located just 50 minutes from the hotel. You can also visit Down Museum nearby as well.
Castlewellan Forest Park, boasts an arboretum, recently restored formal gardens, maze, lake, walks, kids adventure play park and is home to Life Adventure, where you can hire ebikes, mountain bikes, go canoeing, try archery and lots more.
Tollymore Forest Park boasts a great kids themed adventure play park, walks, home to Game of Thrones filming location, picnic areas, the hermitage, with stunning views of the Mournes at the foot of Slieve Donard, N Ireland's highest peak.
Enjoy a stroll around Kilkeel harbour, N Ireland's largest fishing port. Watch the boats landing their catch, fishermen mending their nets and watch the Salt and Pepper the local seals looking for a fish supper. Call into the Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre in the Nautilus Centre.
Kilbroney Forest Park is home to the Narnia Trail, as C S Lewis used to holiday in Rostrevor and used the Mournes as inspiration for the magical land. If you climb to the top of the mountain trail you will come to the Cloughmore stone and be rewarded with stunning views of Carlingford Lough. There is a kids play area and world class mountain bike trails as well as the Fairy Glen - watch out for the little people.
Take the Scenic Carlingford Ferry to Greenore and the popular Medieval Village of Carlingford and King John's Castle. Wander around the quaint streets, taking in Taafe's Castle, the mint and prison. Take the kids to Skypark and try out the high rope trails.
Kilkeel Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi & Sauna, Leisure Centre, Indoor and Outdoor Gym is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. There are also tennis courts, outdoor bowls pavilion and kids play area, along with access to Kilkeel sandy beach.
One of N Ireland's must do attractions on your day out to the North Coast. Add in a visit to the Giant's Causeway and a whiskey tasting at Bushmills.
This is probably N Ireland's best known visitor attraction. Where Finn Macool crossed the fabled Giant's Causeway to Scotland. This must be part of a day trip to the North Coast along with the Carrick a rede rope bridge, and possibly a visit to the Game of Thrones Dark Hedges.
Take the Strangford Ferry across to Exploris Aquarium which has just undergone a major refurbishment. Young and old will enjoy this attraction. Stop off in Castleward House where Game of Thrones Winterfell was filmed.
Visit the National Trust's Castleward House and Gardens, which was home to Game of Thrones Winterfell. Situated on the picturesque Strangford Lough, this is certainly somewhere to visit on your stay with us.
Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey, it was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life. The gardens are spectacular.
Visit Newry City's Museum and Bagenals Castle which gives an overview of the heritage of the Newry & Mourne's history. It is also home to Newry Visitor Information Centre.
Kilkeel is home to N Ireland's largest fishing fleet. You can take a tour of Irish Sea Food factory at Kilkeel and see the fabulous range of seafood landed at the quayside, before it is packaged and shipped direct to your door.
The Mourne Wall is 22 miles of dry stone granite wall that creates a loop of the High Mournes. Can you walk the full distance in one day? An early start is a must and only those who are experienced mountain walkers should attempt this in one day. Can you complete the challenge and get your T Shirt?
This fantastic circular walking route follows the Mourne Wall to the summit of Slieve Binnian (747m), traverses between the spectacular South and North Tors before descending along a track past the Blue Lough, Annalong Forest and back to the car park.
Lough Shannagh walk leads up hill on the 'Banns Road', an off road farm track. The route circles Lough Shannagh (in an anti-clockwise direction) with a high point of 587m at Carn Mountain. It also follows and crosses the Mourne Wall on places.
A moderate linear walk linking Trassey Track and Bloody Bridge via the Brandy Pad, taking in sights such as the Mourne Wall, the Castles, Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard. A more challenging alternative route is an option, by summiting Slievenaglogh and Slieve Commedagh, then following the Brandy Pad to Bloody Bridge.
This is a strenuous and challenging walk with some steep ascents, but it is certainly worth it. The walk takes in three of the four highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains (Slieve Donard 853m, Slieve Commedagh 765m, Slieve Bearnagh 739m) and also the Brandy Pad – the well-trodden and infamous smugglers track. The walk gives wonderful views to the Irish Sea and to the heart of the High Mournes.
A circular route in the western Mournes giving a taster of views that can be experienced in the region. The walker will ascend Hen, Cock and Pigeon Rock Mountains using open mountain terrain before descending through a valley to the starting car park.