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Slieve Gullion sensory trails

Slieve Gullion sensory trails

The Slieve Gullion sensory trails project is implemented through The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme. The LPS is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes. The LPS runs from September 2015 until August 2018.

The total budget for this project is £12,900

This project aims to provide a network of trails on Slieve Gullion for people with limited mobility and sensory disabilities. The project will deliver on these aims by:
1. Establishing a trailhead at Slieve Gullion Adventure Park
2. Way marking a network of trails
3. Providing interpretation along the trail in a number of different ways for people with sensory disabilities
4. Providing a brochure in line with the trails purpose.

Project Updates

Feel your way around a new Sensory Trail

Update published on: June 10, 2019

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The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership was proud to officially open the new sensory trail at Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Saturday 8th June 2019. Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council had the honour of cutting the ribbon, ably assisted by children from Autism Families Newry.

The trail, designed by Brilliant Trails in close consultation with Autism Families Newry, was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Its purpose is to provide an immersive sensory experience in a quieter part of the Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

“It is fantastic to add to the facilities on offer for children and adults with additional sensory needs.” Said Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey, “Spending time in forests, exploring and interacting with nature has many proven health benefits. I hope visitors enjoy exploring the forest using all their senses. I particularly enjoyed writing my own poem inspired by nature and walking barefoot on the ‘Bare your Soles’ section.” He continued.

Attendees at the launch got to explore the different activity points on the trail, such as, the ‘Blind Rope Challenge, ‘Treasure Tree Hunt’ and ‘Eye Spy a Troll’ before being treated to hot chocolate and other goodies.

Everyone is warmly invited to explore the new trail on your next visit to Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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Crossmaglen Community Centre,
O’Fiaich Square,
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