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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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  • I've come to the conclusion that it's not easy to find a place in Ireland that isn't interesting or beautiful. The area surrounding the Mourne Mountains is chock full of cool places to see. Silent Val...  more »
  • Driving the Mourne Coastal Route and exploring the Mourne mountains was a unique experience. There are several picturesque towns and villages to visit -- Newcastle, Annalong and Castlewellan on the co...  more »
  • We had always wanted to climb slieve donard, we are in no way fit or healthy lol..we were off work for over Christmas and decided to do it, set off around 10am from donard park and I'm not sure the co...  more »
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