This tour is a must for anyone who wants to explore a hidden gem of beauty and history which has not been discovered by the tourist market. In 1971 the plan was to make the area a National Park, at the time, A. E. Muskett, of the Countryside Committee, said, “In South Armagh you have some of the best and most beautiful scenery and landscape in the whole of Ireland.”
The Lazy Gallivant over Gullion is suitable for all the family, and people of all ages. It is a bespoke bus tour which will take you up and around, Ireland’s most mystical mountain, without all the hiking, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the bus you will have panoramic views of the ring dyke which surrounds the mountain.
Your local guide will delight you with stories about:
- How the ring dyke was formed.
- How during the Troubles the army used these hills to monitor the local area.
- The Calliagh Berra’s meeting with Fionn Mac Cumhaill on the top of the mountain.
- How Cú Chulainn, got his name of the slopes of Slieve Gullion.
- Highway man Raymond O’Hanlon’s connection to the area.
- St. Oliver Plunkett going into hiding on the mountain.
Get up close to Ballykeel Dolmen, a portal tomb dating to around 3500 BC, known locally as the Hags Chair and hear about other Neolithic tombs in the area which you may want to visit.
See the mountain were Queen Elizabeth I soldiers’ horses fell in wet weather during the Nine-Year War following a battle with the Gaelic chieftain Hugh O’Neill.
Travel over the north side of the mountain where the American army trained during WWII before leaving here to take part in the Normandy landings.
Visit a 5th century graveyard and church ruins which were raided by the Vikings in AD 923. Burial place of St. Moninna.
See the newly renovated Killeavy Castle, now a luxury hotel and well-being centre.
After this tour you will find yourself returning to the area again and again to:
- to walk around the nature reserve where you may be lucky enough to see some of the red squirrel, which are thriving in the area thanks to the work of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership.
- Visit the Castle for tea and lunch.
- Take the children and grandchildren to the Giant’s Lair
- And if you want to explore further in the Ring of Gullion, with a guide, you can contact us to make arrangements.
Cost: £10 per person; £7.50 concession.
Tour dates: Saturday 3 & Wednesday 7 August
Tour times: 10.00-12.00 & 12.30-14.30 & 15.00-17.00
Please park in the overflow car park, the gravel car park on the left hand side as you approach the main forest car park.