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Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Gap of the North Walking Tour

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Gap of the North Walking Tour
Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit

Enjoy a linear historical walk with Venora O’Brien of Gullion A Tours through time, exploring the borderland hinterland through the prism of the sacred and secular.

Meet at Faughart Ancient graveyard. Walk in the footstep of soldiers and saints. Gain a fascinating insight into the spiritual and historical importance in the 1600’s and how it impacted present day history.

Highlights include- penitential stations of St. Brigid, and the grave of Edward Bruce, the last ‘High King’ of Ireland. And a special guest! Wonderful views and tall tales!

Terrain: Country roads and some grassland. Raingear and sturdy walking shoes/runners are recommended. Suitable for children over 8+ years with strict parental supervision. The walk is downhill and last for approx. 2 hours.

Should you or a member of your party have a medical condition that may limit your safety, please contact your guide beforehand in confidence.

Click here for booking. Booking is essential.


Rapid COVID-19 tests – known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests

The use of LFD testing is important as an additional measure alongside the range of existing safety measures in place. It is important to remember that, even with a negative LFD test, continue to follow all other public health and safety measures in place.

It is strongly recommended that anyone participating in, or attending, any event should test themselves before they attend, and on days 2 and 8 after the event. The purpose of this testing is to identify any positive cases in advance of the event, and allow them to self-isolate. Post event testing will also help to identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 infections arising from the event, or social interactions that may occur before or after an organised event.

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be obtained by anyone who requires them, free of charge. Rapid test packs can be ordered online for free delivery to your home.

You can also order them for collection in a number of locations across NI:

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (

If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. PCR tests are available at testing sites across Northern Ireland and can be booked at:  Please do not attend events unless you receive a negative PCR test.

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Gap of the North Walking Tour takes place on August 18, 2021.
It starts at 11:00am and ends at 1:00pm.

Event Location

The walk begins at Faughart graveyard (co-ordinates; 54.513923,- 63843668) and ends at the Kilnasaggart stone 3.5 miles from starting point.

Faughart Old Graveyard, Hill of Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth.

From Junction 18 on M1;

Travelling South; Follow signs for Dundalk, taking 2nd exit at roundabout at top of sliproad. Follow signs for Faughart taking 4th exit at roundabout. Travel across the M1, then take 2nd exit to L30097

Travelling North on A1 /M1; follow signs for Faughart and take 2nd exit off roundabout at top of sliproad to L3097.

Take sharp right corner in Lwr Faughart to stay on L3097 towards Hill of Faughart. Take 1st left after sharp corner, following sign for Hill of Faughart. Travel approx. km on this road to a large carpark on the right. Walk starts here.
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