Explore the Mourne Mountains
The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits are crowned by Granite Tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks, providing hikers with incredible opportunities for exploration. Visitors to the Mournes often leave amazed at the variety of landscapes and views throughout this area of outstanding natural beauty.
During the 18th and 19th Centuries illegal cargo ships stocked full of illicit packages of tobacco, wine, spirits, leather, silk and spices docked at the foot of the Mournes in Newcastle. Smugglers then loaded ponies with these illegal products and trekked through the Mourne Mountains to Hilltown. This old smugglers track still exists today and is used as a popular walking route, aptly known as “The Brandy Pad”.