Slieve Donard is a classic Mourne Mountain day out! It’s the highest peak in Northern Ireland and the 19th highest peak on the Island of Ireland. Situated on the Eastern slopes of the Mourne Mountains near the lively town of Newcastle, Slieve Donard dominates the skyline and has drawn countless generations to endure the challenging walk to its lofty peak.
Our Summit Donard challenge takes in the classic route to the top, starting in Donard car park, following the Glen river past the Ice House and then on to the Saddle between Donard and Commedagh Mountain. From here it’s a sharp climb following the Mourne Wall to the Summit. After summiting participants retrace the same route back to the starting point. It will be a guided walk with groups being allocated mountain leaders for the duration of the day.
- It is recommended to book a month in advance.
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Bring at least two warm layers for your upper body. Ideal clothing would be tracksuit trousers, thermal vest and fleece or woollen sweater. Well-fitting wellies, or boots without hooks for laces.
- Adverse weather conditions can affect this activity so please call before setting off to check if you are unsure.
- This challenge is either a half day or full day experience. Please allow 3.5 hours for a half day and 6.5 hours for a full day.