Starting at Donard Park, we take the forest track which meanders along the Glen River
before emerging onto the open mountain. We soon find ourselves at the historic Ice
House, high above Newcastle with the mountains all around us. Following the stone
track, we cross the Glen River and climb steeply towards The Saddle, the col which sits
below Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh.
After pausing briefly in the shelter of the Mourne Wall, we resume our steep climb to
the summit of Slieve Donard (850m), the highest mountain in Northern Ireland.
The total return distance is over 9km, with 850 metres of ascent and descent. Most
people will complete this challenge in 5-6 hours.
Your guides will take care of all route-finding for the group, however, if you are interested in the full route description then please click the above map.
Mourne Madness Level 1 - Introductory
Climb Slieve Donard,
the Highest Mountain in Northern Ireland!