There’s so much to see & do

Adventure, activities, food, the great outdoors

We’ve lived in this area all of our lives and we love how much there is to see and do, all within close proximity. From walks in forest parks to eating 5* food, here you will find some of our favourite recommendations, as well as our very own Land Rover tours.

Narnia Trail

“That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia” This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.

Castlewellan Forest Park

‘Animal Wood’ is designed for four to eleven year olds and is located beside the Peace Maze which is one of the world’s largest permanent hedge mazes.

Slieve Donard

Climb the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. On a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may can be seen,

Cranfield Alpacas

Take a gentle stroll on the beach with the friendly Alpacas or simply relax in their charming company whilst enjoying the most stunning views.

Life Adventure

Perfect for the older kids. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Board and Mountain Bike adventures in Castlewellan Forest Park.

Silent Valley

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

Cranfield Beach

Set in an idyllic location at the mouth of Carlingford Lough, with the majestic Mourne Mountains as your backdrop. A truly beautiful beach.

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.

Slieve Donard Spa

Is there anything better than being pampered when you’re away on a break? The Spa at the Slieve Donard was voted the #1UK Spa in 2020. Treatments, pool, gym and thermal suites await.

Tollymore Forest Park

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

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 singletrack 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!

Murlough Reserve

A fantastic two-and-a-half mile walk with stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Castle. Nearby Murlough Beach is also perfect for dogs!

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.

Fantastic food options

Cunninghams, Kilkeel

Perfect for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner. And while you’re there be sure to stock up on supplies for a BBQ.

The Galley, Annalong

Perfect for families whether you choose the award-winning fish & chips from the takeaway or enjoy the informal, relaxed and friendly restaurant.

Villa Vinci, Newcastle

A locals favourite with a menu inspired by their Mediterranean origins and offers something for everyone.

Olive Bizarre, Newcastle

A brilliant spot for a quick coffee & bun or their immaculately served best-selling Afternoon Tea. With seats outside.

Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle

With an open fire and a warm welcome, you will enjoy the splendour of the traditional Dog Friendly Irish pub. With designated dog friendly areas, inside and out.

Crawford’s bar, Rostrevor

Part of The Rostrevor Inn, relax in a traditional Irish pub with live music and award winning restaurant.

Great Jones, Newcastle

Delivering a casual dining experience with a focus on quality and style on Newcastle Main Street. Enjoy some local craft beer or a selection of stunning cocktails.

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


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