Slieve Gullion Forest Park covers an area of 2500 acres. A 10km drive around the mountain offers the visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. For the walker there is a route that leads on the top of Slieve Gullion Mountain, where a passage grave, cairn and volcanic lake can be found. For the less energetic a leisurely walk around the walled garden is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland.
Slieve Gullion Adventure Playpark
Opened in June 2012, this playpark has something for everyone and is guaranteed to keep kids of all ages entertained. It includes a toddler's area, adventure and play equipment for the older kids, the "Slieve Gullion ZIP" and even a trim trail for the adults! Let the kids burn off some energy while the adults relax and enjoy a coffee at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard.
The Slieve Gullion Forest Adventure Park provides award winning play facilities for children and young people and has also attained the ‘Green Apple Environment Award’ and ‘NITB Best Tourism Partner Initiative Award’.
The playpark has 120 space carpark with disabled access and the nearby Slieve Gullion Courtyard, set in the midst of the park, offers a homely coffee shop and restaurant as well as a duckpond.
A 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. And a leisurely walk around the walled garden is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland of Hawthorn Hill. The woodland comprises oak, ash, birch, beech, sweet chestnut and horse chestnut in which was once part of the Chambre Demesne.
There is a mountain top trail to two megalithic cairns (the North and South Cairns) and a lake, with stunning views across the Ring of Gullion, Mourne and Cooley mountain ranges and Armagh Drumlins, with over 2,000 years of legend and history awaiting. Cuchulainn, the Red Branch, Fionn Mac Cumhail (Finn McCool) and other heroes have trodden the slopes of this
The huge burial cairn located on the summit of the mountain, the South Cairn, is known as The Calliagh Berras House and is the highest surviving passage tomb in Ireland.
It is associated with a witch who could transform herself into a hare. Legend has it that she tricked Finn McCool into jumping into the nearby lake, from which he emerged an old and withered man. While she was forced to restore his youth, it is said his hair remained white like an old man's for the rest of his life. This fate is still said to befall anyone who bathes in the lake.
You can crawl into the burial chamber via a passageway in the side of the cairn. A skylight allows light to enter, so you don’t need a torch. The earliest documented investigation of the site dates to 1789, when the chamber was opened by locals searching for the old lady Cailleach Beara, but only a few human bones were found. Not surprisingly, excavation in 1961 revealed that the chamber had been badly disturbed and the only small finds were a few pieces of worked flint, a single scraper and an arrowhead.
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Opening times: 1st April to the last weekend in October - 8am until 9pm — Last weekend in October to 31st March - 8am until 4pm
For further information Telephone No. 028 3086 1949