The Mourne Mountains
In 1993 the National Trust purchased nearly 5.3 km2 (1,300 acres) of land in the Mournes, which included a part of Slieve Donard at 850 m (2,790 ft) and nearby Slieve Commedagh, at 767 m (2,516 ft), the second highest mountain in the area. In time we will be running a mini bus taking haliday makers up into the mourne mountains for guided walks.
Some of the mountains have names beginning "Slieve", such as Slieve Donard, Slieve Lamagan and Slieve Muck, which is derived from the Irish word sliabh, meaning "mountain".
There are also a number of curious names: Pigeon Rock; Buzzard's Roost; Brandy Pad; the Cock and Hen; Percy Bysshe; the Devil's Coach Road; and Pollaphuca. "Pollaphuca" is derived from the words "Poll", meaning "hole" and "púca", which means ghost or spirit.
The Mournes are very popular as a destination for completing expeditions as required for completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. However, there are also a number of walking challenges which take place in the Mournes. The Mourne Wall challenge, which is also referred to as the 7-peak challenge because it takes into account 7 of the 10 highest Mourne mountains, is advertised by WalkNI.com. The Mourne six peak challenge is advertised by DiscoverNI and takes hikers up Slieve Donard, Commedagh, Bearnagh, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg across three days of hiking.
The Isle of Man, the mountains of the Lake District, and Snowdonia in Wales can sometimes be seen across the Irish Sea from some parts of the Mournes on clear days. The mountains are also visible from parts of Dublin and Galloway on clear days.