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Slieve Gullion Forest Park Family Walk

A 10km walk around the beautiful Slieve Gullion Forest Park with outstanding views of the Ring of Gullion area. This walk will be lead by the Gap of the North Walking Group ( and will start at the Slieve Gullion car park.

A walk exploring the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation and the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) using forest trails and country roads.

The walk is located within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The AONB is an area of national landscape importance and is centred on the craggy heather covered hills of a circular ring dyke volcano that erupted over 50 million years ago. The Ring of Gullion is the most famous ring dyke in the world having featured in geological debate and theory over the past 160 years.

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.

Following an uphill path from the top of the car park to the upper car parking area. This section of the trail has magnificent views of the Ring of Gullion peaks of Croslieve, Slievebrack and Mullaghbane Mountain. In the upper parking area there are interpretation panels that explain the geology of the area and provide further walking information on the Ring of Gullion Way.


Saturday 20th September


Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Session Times

11:30 to 14:00

Event Mainly Suited For

Families with older children

Fitness Level


Key Info
  • Explore the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation
  • Forest trails and country roads
  • Magnificent Views
  • 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

A packed lunch. Suitable clothing for the weather. Walking boots. No jeans.


This is suitable for individuals with a reasonable level of fitness. Individuals must be able to walk for 3-4 hours.

Minimum Age & Activity Length

8 years old

What's Included

Guided Walk.

Meeting Point

Slieve Gullion car park.

Directions to Location

Slieve Gullion Forest Park can be reached from the Newry By-Pass (A1). Follow the B113 Forkhill Road. Pass through the village of Meigh, and one-mile past the Meigh crossroads, the tarmac entrance drive leading into the Forest Park is signposted to the right hand side, on a left

bend in the road. Entrance and parking are free.