Local Links

Places to go:

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and indoor climbing Wall just 2 miles from the cottages

Tollymore Forest Park, the Hermitage on the Shimna River

Tollymore Forest Park, the Hermitage on the Shimna River

Tollymore Forest Park just 3 miles from Happy Vale.  Perfect location for family walks and picnic.  The stepping stones are a must for kids provided the Shimna River is low.  A range of signposted walks are available.

Castlewellan Forest Park and Mountain Bike Trails.  a range of bike trails are available from family simple trail about the lake (green standard) to black standard – difficult downhill for experienced mountain bikers only.

Rostrevor Forest Park – Long routes suitable for experienced Mountain Bikers only red standard and above.

CastlewellanTrail Castlewellan Trailhead

Silent Valley – great place for easy family walks and a picnic

Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle
Down County Museum
National Trust – Castle Ward Fabulous day out with cycling, Game of Thrones locations, great walks and scenery
National Trust – Mount Stewart Great gardens and house to explore

Pubs & Places to Eat

Meelmore Lodge – Nearby Camping and a popular Cafe

The Maghera Inn – Local pub, popular with hill walkers

O’Hares Pub – Very popular with entrance from Slieve Donard car park in Newcastle

Greenans Steakhouse, The Square, Kilcoo, BT34 5EZ, Tel 028 40638633

Local Shops

 Dublin Road Mini-market, Kilcoo
Open Mon – Fri, 7am – 10pm,
Sat & Sunday 8 am – 10pm
 Dulin Road Mini-Market, Kilcoo
Fresh Food Centre, CastleWellan
Mon – Sat 6am – 11pm
Sunday 7am – 11pm
 Fresh Food Centre Castlewellan