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Slieve Gullion's Celtic Warrior's Family Story Walk

Go back in time on this geology walk with the Mourne, Cooley, Gullion Geotourism Project. Rocks exposed in the Mourne Cooley Gullion region represent sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic processes, and over 400 million years of geological history.

Mourne, Cooley, Gullion Geotourism Project will take the group on a walk to the summit of Slieve Gullion providing information on how the Ring of Gullion was formed and key areas of interest.

Slieve Gullion rising to 573m is the centrepiece of the landscape and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which recognises the importance of the geology and the upland heather moorland. The purples of the heather contrast with the yellow of dwarf gorse and orange of the bracken to create rich mosaics of colours which contrast with the many greens of the agricultural ladder farm landscape.

The Ring of Gullion and Slieve Gullion, in particular, have rich associations with Irish legends and myths.


Saturday 20th September


Slieve Gullion Courtyard

Session Times

14:30 to 16:30

Event Mainly Suited For

Families with older children

Fitness Level


Key Info
  • Find out how the Ring of Gullion was formed
  • Part of the Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Extravaganza!
Bookings have now closed for this event.

Please make bookings directly through the Get Outdoors Weekend website, but feel free to contact Newry and Mourne District Council if you would like more specific information on the event:

Phone+44 44(0)28 3086 8900

What to Bring

Suitable clothing for the weather.


Suitable for families and those interested in geology. A reasonable level of fitness is needed. The walk will take place on paths with some steep sections.

Minimum Age & Activity Length

8 years old

Meeting Point

Slieve Gullion Forest Drive top carpark.