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Rock In The Mournes

Carrick Cottage Cafe, 204 Head Road, Annalong, County Down, BT34 4RJ
boots on the ground in the Annalong Valley, Mourne Mountains


Immerse yourself in the majestic Mourne Mountains for a full day of exhilarating activities you'll always remember. This exciting mountain day combines some easy yet beautiful hiking into the heart of the Mourne Mountains, followed by some new and exciting adventure activities you may not have tried before, guaranteed to leave you buzzing to be in the great outdoors!

Hike: Starting at the beautiful Carrick Cottage Cafe, you set off gently up the trail head for approximately 5km, guided by local Mountain Leader and Earth Scientist, James, who passes on amazing geological and historical knowledge of the Mournes area. After a relaxing hike surrounded by the biggest peaks in Northern Ireland, you have a short, steep hike that leads to the base of the 50 metre cliff where you spend the rest of the day.

Cave: ​After a short re-fuelling break, you put on your helmet and harness, listen to a safety brief and then get ready to go to the cliff top the interesting way - by squeezing through a narrow constriction in the side of the mountain and then wriggling up through it to the summit - AMAZING!  The cave element is about 10 metres horizontally and then another 10 metres or so vertically, and although our team will guide you safely through it, this section is totally optional and can be avoided if it's not your thing.

Abseil: ​Once on the cliff top, you once again take in the stunning views over the Mourne Mountains, looking to Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland's highest peak), Binnian, Lamagan and the Annalong Valley southwards. Next, you get strapped in to two safety ropes and after a short safety brief start your descent back to the base which is over 150 feet (50 metres) from top to bottom! You're in the driver's seat, totally controlling your descent, but don't worry, our qualified Rock Climbing Instructors will keep you safe on a safety rope that they are in charge of at all times. It's the best way to get back to the ground - what a buzz!

Climb: After this big thrill, you spend a bit of time focussing your mind and body in a state of "active meditation", by learning some rock climbing skills as you scale back up the cliff you just came down. Your focus is 100% on the task at hand and everything else simply goes away for the time that you're on the rock. Simultaneously an adrenaline filled and relaxing experience, this unique activity has to be tried to be understood. After an awe inspiring day in the mountains, you walk back out to Carrick Cottage, where there are local traybakes, coffees and tea made by local cafe owner Rachel, whose family have lived in the area for generations.

An experience day not to be missed!

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Season (6 July 2022)
Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
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Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
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