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 www.ringofgullion.org.
This tour is a must for anyone who wants to explore a hidden gem of beauty and history which is a little off the beaten track. 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.” A high recommendation we definitely don’t dispute.
The Lazy Gallivant over Gullion is suitable for the whole family and is a great opportunity to explore Ireland’s most mystical mountain, without all the hiking (although if you want a guided hike, let us know and we can certainly arrange that for you). From the bus you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the ring dyke which surrounds the mountain as well as the wider area of outstanding natural beauty as we go up, over and round the mountain (you’re welcome to sing “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes” but it’s not compulsory).
Your local guides will delight you with stories about the landscape, legends, and history of the mountain, for example, how Cú Chulainn got his name, why you get white hair if you swim in the lake at the top and how the Ring of Gullion formed, as well as what ties Gullion has to World War II, to name a few. There will also be the opportunity to try your hand at a bit of foraging and learn some plant lore. On the lower slopes of the mountain, there will be plenty to explore from a Neolithic Dolmen to a 5th century graveyard and church ruins as well as the newly renovated Killeavy Castle.
If you’re feeling like stretching your legs at the end, we can leave you at Killeavy Castle to explore their grounds and facilities as there is a pleasant walk back from the Castle to the Forest Park along a footpath and little travelled section of the Wood Road.
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