Mourne International Walking Festival
The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery when this award-winning three-day event returns on Friday 22nd June. This year’s event kicks off on Friday 22nd June and runs until Sunday 24th and will feature a range of routes carefully planned to impress at both low and higher levels. The Mourne Mountains has already been recognised as the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland by WalkNI, which credits the area for its unrivalled network of paths and tracks while the Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI ‘Favourite Walking Event’ award for two consecutive years. Roisin Mulgrew, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said: “An area of outstanding beauty and famed for its breath-taking landscape and views, the Mourne Mountains and region provides an unrivalled location for an international walking festival that just gets bigger ever year. “A landscape steeped in history, heritage, myths and legends, the Mourne International Walking Festival welcomes visitors from across the UK, Ireland and further afield who continue to come not only for an inspirational walking experience but also the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality on offer.” The walking festival features a variety of self-guided lowland walks including more strenuous mountain climbs ranging in distance from 10km to 40, so everyone is encouraged to gauge what would be most suitable for them.