Mourne Mountains Rambler

The Mourne Mountains Rambler offers an unforgettable journey for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, with diverse attractions including mountains, forests, charming villages, and coastal vistas, immersing passengers in the awe-inspiring beauty of Northern Ireland's landscape and leaving them with lasting memories of its magical splendor.

Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

Route Frequency:

3 services daily – 10 July until 31 August

Starting point:

Newcastle Bus Station

How to get here

Journey fact:

Bloody Bridge has a macabre history, dating back to the 17th century. Legend has it that the name originates from a brutal ambush where a group of smugglers was murdered. Today, the area is a picturesque coastal location, popular with hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Journey Overview

The Mourne Mountains Rambler is a dream for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, offering a diverse array of attractions, from mountains and forests to charming villages and coastal vistas. Whether you seek outdoor pursuits or simply wish to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, this journey is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

As the bus sets off from Newcastle, a world of awe-inspiring natural beauty unfolds before the eyes. The journey begins with a sense of excitement as the bus approaches Bryanford, where the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre stands nestled amidst ancient trees and lush greenery. The landscape exudes a sense of tranquility, inviting adventurers to explore the wonders of the Mournes.

Trassey Road presents a dramatic scene, with the rugged mountains looming large in the distance. Hare’s Gap becomes a focal point, showcasing its majestic rock formations that seem to touch the sky. Kilcoo unveils picturesque farmlands, with grazing sheep dotting the emerald pastures.

The bus then passes Fofanny Dam, reflecting the serene beauty of its surroundings on the still waters, while Ott Mountain and Pilgrim Rock stand tall as sentinels, guarding the secrets of the ancient landscape.

The adventure continues to Silent Valley which reveals a breathtaking reservoir, framed by towering peaks and cascading waterfalls that glisten in the sunlight. The bus snakes along the winding roads, revealing glimpses of Brackenagh and Glasdrummun, where fields of heather and wildflowers create a vibrant tapestry of colours.

Finally, the bus reaches Bloody Bridge, a place of both natural splendour and historical significance. The rugged coastline meets the crashing waves of the Irish Sea, leaving passengers in awe of the untamed beauty of the Mournes.

Throughout the journey, the window of the Mourne Mountains Rambler bus becomes a portal to a realm of wonders – from majestic mountains and tranquil valleys to shimmering lakes and ancient rock formations. This is Northern Irish beauty at its most magical and memorable!

A Fab Day Out!

Starting in the coastal town of Newcastle, soak in the serene views of the Irish Sea and visit the lively promenade. Explore the enchanting Tollymore Forest Park and Bryanford Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, where you can engage in various outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing.

As the bus winds through the picturesque countryside, you’ll encounter the quaint village of Kilcoo, which is well worth a visit and offers a glimpse into rural life and the warmth of the local community. Fofanny Dam, surrounded by the Mourne Mountains, is a tranquil spot perfect for picnics and scenic walks.

Adventurers will delight in the opportunity to hike Ott Mountain and witness the panoramic views from its summit. Pilgrim Rock, a significant historical landmark, offers a glimpse into the region’s rich past.

Moyad provides a charming setting to relax and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty. Silent Valley, a hidden gem nestled amidst the mountains, features a stunning reservoir and captivating walking trails.

Brackenagh offers breathtaking landscapes and an opportunity to embrace the peacefulness of the Mournes. Glasdrumman, a small village, captivates with its tranquil atmosphere and verdant surroundings.

The final stop, Bloody Bridge, showcases a beautiful coastal area and a picturesque bridge. Visitors can explore the nearby forest trails and enjoy the soothing sounds of the nearby river.

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