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Cooley & Morne Mountains 8 days

Hiking holiday with luggage transport

Everything Ireland has to offer is covered on this walking tour of Ireland's east coast. Green hills, coastal walks, ruins and castles to cosy pubs and shops in the medieval fishing village of Carlingford. The journey continues through the spectacular Morne Mountains to Newcastle.

The Cooley & Morne Mountains lie on the border in the east of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Cooley Peninsula is in the south (Republic of Ireland), and the Mourne Mountains are in Northern Ireland. This region also called Mourne Cooley Gullion is a European geo-tourism project and the Morne Mountains have the status AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Doan in Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland 1
Crossing the Mourne Wall into the unknown

Cooley & Mourne Mountains 8 Day Walking Holiday

Self-guided trek including baggage transfers

Our 8-day itinerary is ideal to get the best of what the Cooley Peninsula and the Mourne Mountains have to offer. This is also a great holiday to lengthen with some city visits to Dublin and/or Belfast!


  • Extra night in Dundalk to visit Dublin / Belfast
  • Extra night in Carlingford


Day 1

Arrive in Ireland

Arrive at your first accommodation in Dundalk in County Louth. We recommend flying into Dublin or Belfast airports. There is a regular bus service every hour from the airport to Dundalk.
Overnight Dundalk.

Day 2

Ravensdale – Lumpers (Cooley)

Private transfer to the start of the first walk in Ravensdale forest. A steep climb brings you to Black Mountain & Clairmont Cairn from where you have a fantastic view over the Slieve Gullion and Slieve Foye above Carlingford as well as the Mourne mountains to the Northeast. You will continue to the Lumpers Pub where you will be picked up for a transfer back to your B&B.
Overnight Dundalk.

Walk: 12 km / 4 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot) and quiet country roads

Day 3

Lumpers to Carlingford

Transfer to start of the hike at the Lumpers Pub. Today’s walk brings you across the Cooley Peninsula into the central valley before climbing over the crest of Barnavave and Maeve’s Gap to find Carlingford Village and Carlingford Lough at your feet. Overnight in Carlingford where your baggage awaits.

Walk: 16 km / 5 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot) and quiet country roads.

Day 4

Explore Carlingford

From your B&B accommodation in Carlingford we give you a variety of walking options to enjoy. These vary in Length and difficulty and all start and end in the historic medieval village with its many shops, restaurants and cosy pubs. Make sure to sample the famous Carlingford Oysters!

Walk: Various lengths and grades.

Day 5

Rostrevor – Deerpark

Private transfer to the start of the hike in Rostrevor on the other side of Carlingford Lough. You will now make your way into the Mournes following the waymarked Mourne Way.
At the end of the walk, you will be collected and brought to the Mourne Hostel in Attical. This hostel was set up and built as a village project to create a source of income to the area and is run by volunteers. Overnight in Atticall.

Walk: 17 km / 5 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot)

Day 6

Explore Mourne Mountains

Using your accommodation in Attical as a base choose one of the many fantastic walks in the area and explore the beautiful Mourne Mountains. During the Summer Months, a circular Rambler bus allows you to explore all corners of this magnificent area. Overnight in Atticall.

Walk: Various lengths and grades

Day 7

Deerpark – Newcastle

Private transfer close to the previous day end point, and from here you will walk across the Mournes and through the beautiful Tollymore forest park and into Newcastle where you will spend the final night before departure. This is hill-walking at its best, and this trek will inspire you to come back for more! Overnight in Newcastle.

Walk: 18 km / 5.5 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot)

Day 8

Departure from Newcastle

Unfortunately, this is the end of your holiday and it is time to return home.

What’s included in our Walking holidays?

  • Carefully selected family-run and welcoming  B&B accommodation.
  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.*
  • A full Irish breakfast to keep your engines running.
  • Complimentary luggage transfers.
  • Detailed maps and route notes, so you never get lost.
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat.
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday.
  • Waterproof map case to keep your documents dry.
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request.
  • Need information on local transport options? We’re happy to assist!
  • 24/7 local emergency contact.

What’s not included?

  • Your flights
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Lunches / Evening meals

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom.

Details of the walks and Hikes during this holiday

map of cooley and mourne hillwalks

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  1. Tineke Schutte-de Rijke:

    I was there with my eldest son. We loved the beautiful hills and coast, the Irish people (very kind and helpful) en de B&B’s we visited were nice and clean. Our hostesses prepared us a delicious breakfast every morning: that gave us the energy for our daily hikes

  2. Jan Borst:

    Cooley & the Mournes 8 days
    Our first organised walking holiday and we enjoyed every minute of it. Nice trails with beautiful views and very friendly people. When it was too dangerous, because of the heavy fog, to walk the trail as planned there were a lot of good alternatives.


  3. Nora Borgman:

    Beautiful hikes, well organized. Personal guidance if you have any questions. Recommended!

    Trustpilot: https://ie.trustpilot.com/reviews/5b90dbb58c83fd0bd0086872

  4. Marlie Verboeket:

    Cooly and Morne mountains
    Cliff’s personal attention makes booking with Walking Holiday Ireland of added value. Little things in which we were unsure, he helped us a lot. The trip could also be adapted to our wishes. In short: everything was well agreed, both in advance and on the spot, nice B & Bs, clear information, beautiful routes. It is very nice to know – during an individual trip – that someone in the background can properly deal with any calamities.


    Tripadvisor: https://ie.trustpilot.com/reviews/5b91298d8c83fd0bd0088c1e

  5. M VAN DIJK:

    “Relaxing walking trip”

    Everything was well arranged by the tour company in Ireland, a round trip well arranged by TUI. Some small things that didn’t go right but everything else was done to give us a nice holiday. The majority is, in my opinion, arranged by Walking Holidays Ireland and this was great. Air travel arranged by TUI and also nothing to criticize.

    M VAN DIJK – travel period August 2018

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