Forkill to Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre - Ring of Gullion Way

This walk is part of the trek Ring of Guillion Way.

This is the 4th section of the Ring of Gullion Way. It takes you from Forkill to Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre. A steep climb now takes you up the side of the highest mountain in County Armagh.
The Slieve Gullion ring dyke has long been celebrated by geologists, and this two-day walking route allows you to explore the area’s unique natural history by foot. The route follows a mixture of footpaths and country lanes as it makes its way around the ring, passing numerous historical sites along the way.

Technical sheet No. 31401365

A Newry and Mourne walk posted on 06/03/23 by Walk NI. Last update : 04/05/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25 ?
Distance Distance : 9.27 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 278 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 191 m
Highest point Highest point : 336 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 68 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Newry and Mourne
Starting point Starting point : N 54.081211° / W 6.449061°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.116639° / W 6.409024°
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Start : B134 Road, Post Office (Bus stop nbr: 004248), Forkhill, Newry (BT35 9SG)

(D) At the junction with the B134, turn left and follow the road North for 1.7 Km.

(1) Turn right (North-East) here onto a lane signed as Cloghinny Road.

(2) After 420 m or so, take left (North-West-North) onto Forest Lane and 930 further along, take a right turn that brings you to the gateway at the boundary of Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

(3) Just before the gate, turn right (North-West) onto a footpath and begin to climb the forested hillside in a series of wide switchbacks. Part way up the slope, cross a stile and continue ahead on a muddy track past open farmland. The track eventually brings you to the tarmac of the forest drive.

(4) Head right here for 600 m.

(5) Now turn left along a track and climb for 200 m or so to the upper driveway.

(6) Turn right (South-East) and follow the upper driveway around the southern slopes of Slieve Gullion. The road descends steadily, with open terrain allowing expansive views over the ring dyke. After 2 Km you come to a short, gravel link track on the right.

(7) Follow this South-East for 35 m to reach the lower driveway.

(8) Turn left (North-North-East) here and descend for 700m, passing through stands of mature beech trees.

(9) After 400 m, now watch out for a sign indicating a left turn (North-East) across a bank, followed by a right turn onto a gravel footpath. This winds down through pleasant deciduous woodland to reach the car park beside the Courtyard Slieve Guillion Visitor Centre. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 74 m - B134
1 : km 1.71 - alt. 74 m - Cloghinny Road
2 : km 2.12 - alt. 85 m - Forest Lane
3 : km 3.34 - alt. 119 m - Gate
4 : km 5.16 - alt. 267 m - Right turn
5 : km 5.76 - alt. 301 m - Left turn
6 : km 5.95 - alt. 328 m - Upper driveway
7 : km 8.1 - alt. 217 m - Gravel link track
8 : km 8.14 - alt. 209 m - Left turn - Beech trees
9 : km 8.54 - alt. 195 m - Sign - Left turn
A : km 9.27 - alt. 153 m - Courtyard Centre

Useful Information

Start : B134 Road, Post Office (Bus stop nbr: 004248), Forkhill, Newry (BT35 9SG)

Arrival : Car Park, Slieve Gullion, Newry (BT35 8LN)

Parking : Car Park, Slieve Gullion, Newry (BT35 8LN)

Terrain : Tarmac, off road tracks, forests

Public Transport : Translink

Facilities : Refreshments, shops, car parks and toilets in Forkill and Slieve Gullion Forest Park (Synge & Byrne Slieve Gullion).

Dog Policy : Dogs must be kept under close control

Note : If you wish, you can do several parts of this trek at once. Pay attention to the information given in each part like the duration and the elevation to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Did You Know?
On Slieve Gullion’s summit plateau lies Calliagh Berra’s Lough. The pool is named after a woman famed in local folklore for bewitching the giant Finn McCool. She tricked him into diving into the lough, and when he surfaced his hair had turned completely white. Legend has it that the same fate will befall any person who swims in the waters today.

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