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“Slieve Gullion Forest Park”
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Ring of Gullion
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique geological landform, unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped. It was voted onto the ‘Top 100 Geosites of UK & Ireland’. The ring of low, rugged hills forms a ‘rampart’ around the heather-clad Slieve Gullion mountain. Rich semi-wild habitats of heath, bog and woodland contrast with the neatly patterned fields and ladder farms. The AONB straddles the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland in south Armagh. The AONB shares many landscape characteristics with the adjacent Cooley peninsula in County Louth. Slieve Gullion’s mysterious reputation arises from its associations with legends and the wider area’s rich archaeological heritage. It was along these roads and fields, and over these hills and mountains, that Cuchulainn and the Red Branch Knights, the O’Neills and the O’Hanlons roamed, battled and died. You can read some of these stories about Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Cuchulainn and the Cailleach Beara in the Living History Section, but better still Experience Gullion at one of the many local pubs and storytelling houses or visit the Giant’s Lair at Slieve Gullion. The Ring of Gullion is alive with history, awash in scenic beauty and bursting with culture. You can Experience Gullion’s rich geology, biodiversity and archaeology very easily. Browse the Ring of Gullion site, and plan your trip; you can Experience Gullion with our self guided Audio Tours or you can choose a guide from our tour guides page to bring Gullion to life with their local knowledge. You can also use our Interactive Map to Experience Gullion before heading out. There are lots of ways to Experience Gullion and Get Involved through volunteering, events, training or simply taking a stroll along one of our many tranquil walkways. So get out there and experience all that the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Slieve Gullion Forest Park”
Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

Slieve Gullion Forest Park is a must visit for all families visiting South Armagh. There is a wonderful playground for children of all ages and there is even a section for adults! The up keep of the playground was being seen to by a very attentive staff. There is also a very scenic forest drive around the hill with lots of wonderful views. Will visit again when the children are older to further investigate!

Visited August 2013
4 Thank FlynnDarragh
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Family day out”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

The entrance to the Slieve Gullion park gives little away on this fantastic facility.
There is ample car parking and a great focus on facilities for disabled users.
A new huge adventure playground is suitable for kids if all ages with slides,swings,zip wire,climbing frames,willow dome and maze.
While the kids played we had a go on the adult fitness equipment for a laugh.
At lunchtime we retired to the courtyard for lunch. We were a large group of 6 adults and 4 kids but there was plenty of room for all. Dining is inside or outside in the pretty courtyard.
The menu is imaginative and modern Mediterranean. Kids meals could do with a little more content. Service is fast. I hope they can cope with the summer crowds! Lots of room for picnics.
The courtyard had a gift shop. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there but it has a range of Cath Kitson like products. Hopefully some craft shops will emerge in the next phase.
Afterwards we drove up the mountain and parked up to go on a little hike. Beautiful views of area and incredibly peaceful.
Don't miss out. This park is not advertised and was recommend by a local family.

Visited May 2013
Thank Mausar
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Picturesque and great for a Sunday stroll!”
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Wonderful part of the country, beautiful views, excellent walking opportunities, and full of history...I could spend days here!

Visited April 2013
Thank Beatrix P
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Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Slive gullion and courtyard”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This is work a visit as you start from a courtyard where kids can be entertained in the ark or you relax with cup of coffee or tea and a snack in grounded coffee bar. The drive up is gorgeous and plenty of places to stop and take photos and very safe. The views will have you snapping away and the air is fresh . bring a small picnic and sit and absorb the mystical atmosphere ,you wont regret it even when it is overcast .

Visited August 2012
2 Thank holidayNewry
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Lisse, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
Reviewed 9 January 2013

This area is of outstanding beauty. Breathtaking views over the counties Louth, Down and Armagh. To get the most out of your visit, visit this mountain on a clear day.

Visited October 2012
Thank Rene V
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