Down District Council
Newry & Mourne

Mourne International Walking Festival

The Mourne International Walking Festival will be taking place over the weekend of the 26th - 28th June 2015, venue will be the Tourist Office, Warrenpoint Town Hall, Church Street, Warrenpoint, Co. Down BT34 3HN. 

The Blister Ball will take place on Saturday 27th June 2015 in The Whistledown Hotel, 6 Seaview, Warrenpoint BT34 3NH.

Set within the spectacular scenery of the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are walks to suit all levels of fitness and ability with routes between 10km and 40km at both high and low level.

The festival alternates each year between Newcastle and Warrenpoint in Co Down allowing walkers a chance to sample walking in each area.


Newcastle, situated on the shores of the Irish Sea where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’, is a lively seaside resort and friendly town ideally suited to host the event, located only 30 miles to the south of Belfast and approximately 2.5 hours from Dublin.



Warrenpoint is situated on the shores of Carlnewcastleingford Lough, a pretty seaside resort; a relaxed and friendly town with quaint shops, bars and restaurants with plenty for the visitor to see and do, located only 50miles to the south of Belfast and approximately 1 1/2 hours from Dublin.




On each of the three days of the festival there are lowland walks ranging between 10km and 40 km and on both Saturday and Sunday we also offer a mountain hike and a mountain ramble. For further information please go to our section on the walks and safety information.

The festival not only offers excellent walking but also entertainment (excluding Friday) with the highlight of the weekend being the Blister Ball on Saturday evening. Please go to our page on the Blister Ball for further information.

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Southern Area Hospice
The Whistledown Hotel
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