Our first adventure in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland. A 22 mile loop summiting 15 of the best peaks Northern Ireland has to offer.
What started out as pretty much a perfect day weather wise, morphed into some real tough wind, rain and white out cloud.
Because we’d done our homework and learnt the trail well before going, we were able to navigate over half of the trail in these conditions, without a map, compass or GPS.
After a few miles of the Irish weather getting the better of our spirits, we ran the last 4 real hard and it was an incredibly rewarding feeling to get back to Carrick Little car park.
The Mournes consist of 28 peaks, which lie in County Down and include the highest mountains in Northern Ireland, the highest of these being Slieve Donard at 850 m.
One of the most famous features of this range is The Mourne Wall, a 22 mile long, granite dry-stone wall which traverses across 15 summits. Runners, walkers and brave bikers can travel along the top of the wall for the entire stretch.
Immortalised in a song by Percy French, where he sang ‘the mountains of Mourne swept down to the sea’, this place has influenced the likes of C.S Lewis and John Lennon and more recently has been used as a filming location for Game of thrones.