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Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

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The Mourne Mountains, also called the Mournes or Mountains of Mourne, are a granite mountain range in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland. It includes the highest mountains in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster. The highest of these is Slieve Donard at 850m. The Mournes is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been proposed as the first national park in Northern Ireland. The area is partly owned by the National Trust and sees a large number of visitors every year. The name Mourne (historically spelt Morne) is derived from the name of a Gaelic clann or sept called the Múghdhorna.The mountainsThe Mournes are visited by many tourists, hillwalkers, cyclists and rock climbers. Following a fundraising drive in 1993, the National Trust purchased nearly 1300acre of land in the Mournes. This included a part of Slieve Donard and nearby Slieve Commedagh, at 767m the second-highest mountain in the area.The Mourne Wall is among the more famous features in the Mournes. It is a 35km dry-stone wall that crosses fifteen summits, constructed to define the boundaries of the 36km2 area of land purchased by the Belfast Water Commissioners in the late nineteenth century. This followed a number of Acts of Parliament allowing the sale, and the establishment of a water supply from the Mournes to the growing industrial city of Belfast. Construction of the Mourne Wall was started in 1904 and was completed in 1922.
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  • Done this hike on a day off mid week, got up early take advantage of the good weather. Great buzz stuck the headphones in and away I went only me and the countryside. Some great views and gives me the...  more »
  • The mourned mountains are absolutely stunning i have done the mourne wall walk challenge in 74,75 and 76 where the temperature was in the 90s And I completed the walk in under 3 hours I was nickname t...  more »
  • Super walk up and around Hen, Cock and Pigeon Mountain. Go in the back of Hilltown. The walk takes in some amazing views of the reservoir and you gain a true sense of the real mournes.  more »

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