Mourne Mountains Cycle Loop
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This trip takes you through the outstanding scenery of the Mourne Mountains, with an optional but recommended 17km return trip to the Silent Valley.
You head east from Newry over rolling hills before beginning the long climb past the Spelga Dam. After a long descent from there you ride alongside Carlingford Lough to Rostrevor.
Then you climb over some hills to return to Newry, enjoying fantastic views.
The Spelga Pass is the highest road in the Mourne Mountains.
Silent Valley is a closed road going deep into a valley beside a reservoir.
Greencastle is a dramatic ruined castle requiring another side trip of 12km return.
Mourne Mountains Cycle Loop Useful Info
Much of this route is on backroads, but you join the A2 for a couple of short stretches.
The entire route lies within Northern Ireland but the best views are of the Cooley Peninsula in the Republic on the other side of Carlingford Lough.
Irish Rail and Translink run a service every two hours from Dublin to Belfast. Bikes are carried for free in a wagon at the end of the train. Newry Train Station is on a hill outside the town.