VISIT THE WHISTLEDOWN HOTEL WHERE THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE SWEEP DOWN TO THE SEA
The Mourne Mountains, situated in County Down in the south-east corner of Northern Ireland, stand true to the words of songwriter Percy French as the place ‘where the mountains sweep down to the sea’. Dipping their ancient toes in the Irish sea, the domed peaks rise abruptly to 850 metres keeping watch over coastal plain, foothills, drumlin country and woodlands surrounding this special place. So dramatic is the scenery and so rich the folklore, it was the inspiration for CS Lewis’s magical world of Narnia. Experience the Narnia Trail in Kilbroney Forest Park in nearby Rostrevor.
The local communities are connecting to their landscape and visitors will find evidence of traditional skills - including dry stone walling, storytelling and traditional art and crafts - and to enhance species recognition through foraging, sea safaris, red squirrel days and juniper propagation. Creative expression of appreciation of the landscape from the outdoors to the arts – all very much in the imaginative spirit of Lewis and French.
The Whistledown Hotel, 6-7 Seaview, Warrenpoint, Newry, County Down BT34 3NH
GPS co-ordinates: 54.098763, -6.249409