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Top 5 Giant adventures in the Mournes

Planning a visit to the Mournes? There is loads to do here. So much in fact that I've created a FREE 24 page guide for you! The Good Craic Guide to the Mournes is available to pick up from my cute giftshops in both Rostrevor and Silent Valley. But with a long weekend ahead I thought I'd highlight a few top adventure options for you!

Try Sunset Kayaking on Carlingford Lough with Cloughmor Extreme. Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday evening 6pm-8pm [June – Aug only, weather dependant]. For only £15pp you get all your equipment hire, some basic instruction and a safety boat out on the Lough with you. Ages 8+ welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking and prepayment is essential.

Ph: 07706875394

Another fabulous adventure is Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Castlewellan with Life Adventure Centre. Although I didn't spend much time standing up I still had a wonderful time. Located in Castlewellan Forest Park, Life Adventure offer a range of activities including mountain biking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding. I’ve tested several of the activities and the staff are are always very helpful in getting you kitted out with the equipment you need and giving you some basic instruction before sending you on your way. Ph: 028 4377 0714

Something I haven't tried yet is Rock Climbing with Geology Rocks Adventure Tourism. James is great fun. They offer a wide range of outdoor activities so if you want to try something brand new in a safe way then give them a shout. Very easy to book any of their activities online. Ph: 07707111906

Here's one I'll probably never try but if you love hiking then why not take one of the over night hiking/camping trips with Mourne Mountains Adventures? Robbie and his team of qualified mountain guides will take you for an unforgettable hike in the Mournes. At the end of the day you arrive at base camp where top of the range camping gear with tents is all set up and ready for you relax. Website is coming soon. Until then contact through instagram-

For something completely different visit Ballyduggan Medieval Settlement where you can immerse yourself in living history and experience the Viking way of life. Try your hand at archery or axe throwing, learn about Celt and Viking weapons, see traditional textile working, blacksmithing, hear some stories from those times and more. Open weekends only. There is no electricity on site so cash only. There is also no cafe or anything so bringing a picnic is highly recommended.

Ph: 07816 852966

For more ideas on things to do and see around the Mournes come and visit me at Good Craic Gifts. There are loads more suggestions in my FREE Good Craic Guide to the Mournes.

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