Tourist Attractions

Below are some of the many Tourist Attractions that we recommend you visit while staying at the Burrendale Hotel.

Designated as an area of outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, the Mourne Mountains is one of the most picturesque areas in Ireland. The 12 Summits of this mountain range are all above 600 metres and include Slieve Donard, Northern Irelands highest mountain.

Granite Trail

Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland the Granite  Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne.

Route Directions

Starting from Newcastle harbour the Granite trail leads off to Bogie Hill and up on to King Street. Asign marks the direction to commence the trail. Here sees the start of the old Bogie line, a cleared strip of forest on a1 in 3 incline up towards Millstone Quarry. At the top of Donard wood and over the stile follow the path right past Millstone mountain quarry and onto the viewpoint near Thomas's Mountain Quarry.

Brandy Pad

A moderate linear walk linking Trassey Track and Bloody Bridge via the Brandy Pad, taking in sights such as the Mourne Wall, the Castles, Slieve Commedagh & Slieve Donard.

A more challenging alternative route is available, by summiting Slievenaglogh and Slieve Commedagh, then following the Brandy Pad to Bloody Bridge.

Route Directions

Turn left out of Trassey car park. Approx 50m ahead you will see double gates and a stone stile at the start of Trassey Track. Continue up this quarry track passing though another 2 sets of double gates, both of which have a kissing gate. The panorama of the mountains will open up in front of you. The path becomes increasingly steeper as it follows the Trassey River. Look up to your right to see the crags of Spellack which are popular with climbers. Continue up Trassey Track and ascend to Hare's Gap, the col between Slievenaglogh and Slieve Bernagh. Cross the Mourne Wall using the stile or gate and bear left, picking up a well worn track (the Brandy Pad) which is much flatter. Continue along the Brandy Pad for 3 km where you will pass under Slievenaglogh, Slieve Corragh and Slieve Commedagh, the second highest peak in the Mournes. Stone steps will help you ascend the section of the Brandy Pad leading up to the col between Slieve Beg and Slieve Commedagh. At the obvious cairn on the col bear left passing under the craggy outcrops of the Castles on your left. Continue along the main path which traverses around the base of Slieve Donard to meet the wall at the Bog of Donard. Cross over the Mourne Wall and follow the obvious track down following the Bloody Bridge River. At the quarry, cross over the Bloody Bridge River and continue along the well used quarry track. After a pronounced zig zag in the path, take the track to the left towards the Bloody Bridge River. Cross the Bloody Bridge River using conveniently located boulders. Follow the river downstream, crossing a stile and a wooden footbridge across the Glenfofanny River. Continue following the river towards the coast and turn left when you reach the Ballagh Road. Bloody Bridge car park is 20m away on the opposite side of the road.

Optional extra (challenging): At Hare's Gap, pass through the gate or over the stile and turn left and follow the Mourne Wall up and over Slievenaglogh (586m). Continue along the Mourne Wall over Slieve Corragh and the Pot of Legawherry. Continue along the Mourne Wall and ascend Slieve Commedagh (765m). Descend Slieve Commedagh to the col between Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard, picking up the Brandy Pad to the Bog of Donard. Follow route description to Bloody Bridge car park as above.

A journey to St Patrick's County would not be complete without exploring Downpatrick, located just 20 minutes from hotel.

Discover the quaint and peaceful Saul church (said to be the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland), where St Patrick began his crusade to convert the Irish.

Three miles from Saul is the magnificent Down Cathedral where St Patrick is buried. Other important sites to visit include: The Ruins of St Tassachs Church (near Raholp), where Saint Patrick was given the last rites or the Holy Wells at Struell (Ireland's first), where Saint Patrick is said to have sung psalms.

For a truly interactive Saint Patrick experience, the Saint Patrick's centre takes you on a journey using Film and Video. Also nearby is Downpatrick's Down County Museum a Georgian County Gaol, with an impressive collection of early Christian artefacts from carved stone crosses to works of art.

Beleived to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy as part of his coastal defence after he had invaded Ulster. Dundrum Castle is located on a wooded hill north - west of Dundrum village near Newcastle. It is also a recent site used in Channel 4's Time Team.
Maghera Church and Round Tower is of major historical importance, located just 10 minutes walk from the hotel. This ruined round tower marks the site of important early monastary founded in the 6th century by St Donard.
The Silent Valley Reservoir was built to gather water from the Mourne Mountains and is the main water supply source for most of Co. Down and a large part of Belfast.

Ringed by Mountains, 'the valley' located within the Mourne area of oustanding naturally beauty, houses beautiful parkland, lakes and a pond.

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