The quaintly-named Fairy Glen in Rostrevor, 16 kilometres south-east of Newry and on Carlingford Lough’s northern shore, provides a gentle but wonderful introduction to the beauty of the famed Mourne Mountains while delivering spectacular views of the Lough to the south.
To get to the start, go to Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor village and you’ll find the Fairy Glen on the left immediately after the bridge beside the park entrance. Our 10-kilometre circular route gives you a bit of everything in terms of scenery as you wander initially from gentle riverside terrain into scenic parkland in the middle of the walk, before concluding with a stroll through delightful mixed woodland.
Although the route stretches for 10 kilometres, you won’t need a compass. Follow the path upstream along the east bank of the Kilbroney River before cutting right after about a kilometre, then turning sharp left and continuing past the row of houses for almost a kilometre. Paths and stiles will take you to Rostrevor Forest where you should keep your eyes peeled for foxes, badgers and squirrels – red and grey.
There are a number of waymarked trails and there’s plenty of activity in the woods with busy cycling routes and mountain bike trails. Facilities in Kilbroney Park include a café, toilets and parking.