Budget Family Adventures in the Mournes

February 1, 2017

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Struggling to get the kids to unplug and go out for the day? Then maybe the prospect of an action-packed, off-road family adventure in the Mournes is the answer!

One of Northern Ireland’s most scenic places, and an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Mournes offer a range of budget-friendly family activities for kids and parents alike.

Family Adventures Mournes

Family Adventure Days in Castlewellan 

With only the cost of car parking to factor into your day away, Castlewellan Forest Park is the perfect place to disconnect and switch on to a new activity.

From canoeing and bouldering to mountain bike trails, Castlewellan offers a range of outdoor pursuits to suits all ages and stages. No bike? No problem. Bicycle hire is available onsite from LIFE Adventure Centre.

Mountain Biking Castlewellan

Once you’ve explored the lake’s shore, get out on the water for a canoeing adventure (£10-£20) or try your hand at wet bouldering – the wetter the better, we say!

Your family adventure doesn’t end there. Situated beside the peace maze the kids are sure to love exploring the ‘Animal Wood’ play area with its woodland play structures and wild woodland animals to play on – perfect for 4-11 year olds.

Life Adventure Centre

Explore Some More at Tollymore

Nearby, Tollymore Forest Park has a range of outdoor activities sure to keep the kids engaged. Hop over the famous stepping stones, cross ancient bridges or have a blast on the Big Deer play area featuring a giant timber Fallow deer, castle turret, folly tower and hollow tree.

Tollymore Forest Park

A 10 minute drive away, the seaside town of Newcastle is home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain range and an ideal spot to embrace the great outdoors.  Walk the promenade or skim stones on the beach before enjoying dinner in one of the many great value bars or restaurants.


Walk through the Valley

Built to gather water from the Mourne Mountains, the Silent Valley Reservoir is the main water supply source for most of County Down and a large part of Belfast. With its spectacular mountain back-drop, the ‘Valley’ is a great place to walk with three new routes recently established – the all-ability loop, the reservoir loop and the viewpoint loop, perfect for walkers of all levels.

Silent Valley Walking

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Said to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia, the Mournes’ landscape lends itself perfectly to outdoor adventure activity.  The combination of sea and mountains means you can choose from full on adventure such as rock climbing or bouldering to a more laid back approach such as fishing or horse riding.

Discover more budget-friendly family adventure ideas in the Mournes on discovernothernireland.com 


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