Epic trails, challenging climbs & serious descents

Stay in one of the best mountain bike locations in Ireland

Accommodation that ticks all the right boxes

With hotel grade beds, a unique setting next to Spelga Dam and all the comforts you want when away from home, our choice of 2 houses are both designed to give you peace and quiet (and peace of mind). It’s all here for you and your family to enjoy.

  • Outdoor storage with hose facility
  • Washer and dryer in both houses
  • Spelga House has a separate utility room for extra bag storage
  • Great communal space for relaxing after a big day in the mountains

“The Mournes have some of the best trails and scenic road routes in the whole of Ireland. Why not bring a road bike and a mountain bike and spend time doing both?”

Kathryn Hanna
Owner, Mourne Holidays

A great area to explore by bike

Some of our favourite places to ride

Castlewellan Trails

With green, blue and red grade trails (including black options) Castlewellan is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.

Tollymore Skills Course

Something a bit different – This skills course has approximately 1.5 km of single track trail, with a wide range of features, including rollers, berms, drop-offs, table tops, rock sections, Northshore and log rolls.

Rostrevor Trail Centre

With a mouth-watering 27km red trail and a hair raising 19km black trail Rostrevor is believed by many to be the top spot for mountain biking in Ireland.

With 2 purpose-built downhill trails, Rostrevor is a mountain bikers’ haven!

Repairs Sorted

Mourne Mountain Goat repair shop is close

and open for repairs if you need them

My favourite mountain bike ride


“I love all of the mountain bike trails around the Mournes, but I especially like the trails at Castlewellen. You get great views of the mountains and some of the green trails are suitable for us to use as a family and perfect for a family day out adventuring”

Kathryn Hanna
Owner, Mourne Holidays

Other amazing local activities

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore covers almost 630 hectares and offers the most amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and sea.

Kilbroney Forest Park

Panoramic views over Carlingford Lough. Climb up to the Cloughmore Stone for one of the most stunning instagram opportunities in the Mournes.

Silent Valley

Ringed by mountains, ‘The Valley’, located within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, houses beautiful parkland, lakes and a pond.

Fantastic food for all budgets

Whether you need a caffeine hit and a sweet treat or something more substantial we’ve got you covered.

Nikis Cafe, Newcastle

The perfect stop after a busy day at Tollymore! Set at the foot of the Mournes boasting beautiful views of the seafront.

Urban Cafe, Castlewellan

Great coffee, and great food with particular attention to dietary needs. Fantastic veggie and vegan menus so everyone can enjoy a bit to eat after hitting the trails!

Synge & Byrne, Kilbroney

Situated in Kilbroney Park, making this an ideal stopping point after a day on the trails at Rostrevor. Serving down to earth good old fashioned food which top-notch coffee and a selection of exotic teas.

All your essentials are still close by

Although you are high up in the mournes, our houses are still only a short drive away to local amenities such as shops and restaurants. TESCO also will deliver to us, so you can order ahead and have it delivered when you arrive.


9.2 miles, 14 min drive

For ASDA, Cunningham’s Butchers, EUROSPAR & KWM Wines & Spirits


10.3 miles, 20 min drive

For Tescos, LIDL and SuperValu and a selection of smaller specialist shops. Tescos delivers to Spelga if you want to plan ahead.


12.6 miles, 21 min drive

For Sainsbury’s, Tescos, Iceland, LIDL and The Quays and Buttercrane Shopping Centres

Still have questions? We’re happy to help

We want our guests to know they are making the right choice by booking to stay with us at Mourne Holidays. So, if you have any questions about the house or the area please just let us know and we will be happy to offer our advice.

Kathryn Hanna

Owner, Mourne Holidays


Land Rover

Adventure Tours

Mourne Holidays offer exclusive Land Rover adventure tours. Take a guided trip out and around the Mournes. Stop for a picnic, or let us take you to one of the local craft beer distilleries. Don’t worry, we will bring you back to so you can enjoy some of the product! Up to 5 people can fit in, so belt up and get ready to enjoy the Mournes in the best way possible.

We visited Spelga House and thought the accommodation was fantastic. It was big, clean & very comfortable. The location was really unique and it was great being so close to the Dam. I’d highly recommend staying here with friends or family. We also did the Land Rover Adventure tour up Pigeon Mountain and had a ball. Edward was a great tour guide. You won’t be disappointed. Great fun!

No one wanted to leave! We will definitely be back and I would highly recommend anyone to stay here, it’s perfect! Thanks, Kathryn for having us.

Amazing accommodation!
Great for kids, swing set, games room with pool table and large garden. Perfect for a family holiday with stunning views from Spelga Dam.
Kathryn is a fantastic host and we will certainly be back