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Lúnasa Festival 2018 – Magical Mountain Hike

Lúnasa Festival 2018 – Magical Mountain Hike

Come along on an epic walking tour that will take you on a magical journey, following the Footsteps of the Celts, back through time as we discover the highlights of the mystical Slieve Gullion mountain and its surrounds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

This guided hike will take you through all the highlights Slieve Gullion mountain and its Forest Park has to offer, from the enchanting Giant’s lair trail, where the fairies live, up the mountain slopes along paths and tracks to the very summit of the mountain, 576m high. You’ll be able to explore Ireland’s highest surviving passage tomb, which is older than the pyramids; you’ll even be able to venture inside.

From the summit, you’ll journey across the summit of Slieve Gullion (please be aware this can be quite muddy, so come prepared) to the Bronze age north cairn before descending the mountain on the Camlough lake side and returning around the base of the mountain to the forest park, stopping along the way to visit more ancient sites.

Throughout, the tour your guides will delight you with tales of fire and ice, mythology and history; a tour not to be missed.

Cost: £10 donation/pp to the CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) charity

The tour will begin from the Duck Pond at the entrance to the Slieve Gullion Courtyard buildings – through the pedestrian entrance at the lower section of the main car park – there is a covered area beside pond if it is raining. Your Tour Guide will be wearing a hi-viz jacket.

For further information about the walk: Please contact Gary Martin via [email protected]

Please note:

15km (9.5 miles). The summit is 576m and is one of the County ‘Tops’ (high points) in Ireland.

Medium difficulty walk or Grade 5 on NI Walk scale. A lot of the walk is fairly easy going on minor roads and forest tracks. From the upper car park to the summit of Slieve Gullion and on to the Ballard Road it is of more moderate difficulty on gradual to steep mountain trails, with the section beyond the summit on boggy open mountain terrain.

  • This is a hill walking tour that requires participants to have an appropriate level of fitness/health and suitable hill walking gear (including hiking boots/shoes, warm clothing and rain gear – no jeans or cotton garments) as well as bringing your own food and drink.
  • The tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old and children aged 12-17 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • The tour guide reserves the right to exclude anyone not suitably prepared from partaking in the tour.
  • There are no toilets for the duration of the walk, just the ‘loo with a view’, so we recommend using the facilities in the Forest Park before departure.
  • Like any hill walk participants are reminded that such outdoor activities can be dangerous and may result in personal injury. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
  • The Tour Guide reserves the right to cancel or alter the tour due to adverse weather conditions or any other exceptional circumstances and will endeavour to notify participants as soon as possible in advance of the scheduled tour.

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2018 – Magical Mountain Hike takes place on August 12, 2018.
It starts at 11.00 and ends at 16.30.

Event Location

Walled Garden Duck Pond
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
89 Drumintee Road
BT35 8SW

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Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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Crossmaglen Community Centre,
O’Fiaich Square,
BT35 9AA.

Tel: +44 (0)28 3082 8592
Slieve Gullion Forest Park: +44 (0)28 3025 6670
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