Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co.Down

Get away from it all with a short break at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, only 2 hours drive from Dublin and around an hour from Belfast.

Day One

Mid Morning

Your short break begins at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, winner of five awards at the prestigious 2017 Irish Hotel Awards.  Many of the rooms in this 4 star hotel have panoramic views across the Irish Sea and the world-famous Royal County Down Golf Club (winner of world's top golf course in 2016 according to Golf Digest).  This stunning backdrop will provide some breath-taking views as you enjoy your morning coffee or brunch in The Oak Restaurant, situated within the hotel itself.

If you like the idea of getting outdoors and exploring the area, then a walk up the Mountains of Mourne is just the ticket with walks and routes to suit all abilities. As the inspiration behind C.S. Lewis' 'Narnia' and with scenes of outstanding natural beauty guaranteed, don’t forget your camera to capture the magnificient views.


Enjoy a a stroll down Newcastle's classic seaside promenade - make sure to pop into the Visitor Information Centre where the folks in there have lots of recommendations for things to do in the area, before heading for a brisk walk along the 5 mile stretch of golden sands at Murlough Beach, popular with swimmers and sunbathers – when the sun is out of course!


In the evening enjoy a meal at Mourne Seafood Bar, Dundrum, just a 10-minute taxi away from your hotel.  Choose from an extensive menu that is simply bursting with freshness. The catch of the day is caught locally just a stroll away from your table and includes oysters, mussels and cockles cultivated on the restaurant’s shellfish beds in grade A classified waters.

Overnight at the 4 star Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. With original Victorian features, classic interiors and every modern comfort needed for a few unspoiled days.The Spa itself is well worth a visit during your stay – set in the most stunning setting with floor-to-ceiling views.

Day Two


Fuel up for the day with breakfast in the hotel, before taking a 10 minute drive to The Peace Maze at Castlewellan Forest Park to explore one of the world's biggest hedge mazes, just don't get lost!  Make sure to ring the bell once you've successfully managed to navigate your way out of it!


Just 20 minutes' away from the maze you will find St Patrick's Grave at Down Cathedral, an important location to visit when exploring the legacy of Saint Patrick, a must-see for history buffs.


Dine in the award winning restaurant in the heart of Newcastle, Brunels Restaurant provides fresh, local and seasonal cuisine - 'good food from the heart'. Established in 2014 it quickly earned a good reputation for outstanding service and fine dining.

Focusing on bold and creative gourmet dishes, Brunel’s use only the freshest regionally sourced ingredients to create dishes that both challenge and inspire, showcasing seasonal local fayre at its very best.