Our unique and stylish Leitrim Lodge pods offer a perfect short getaway for couples and families set in the heart of The Mournes, Ireland’s most famous Mountain range. You are in an exclusive group of 6 luxury pods at the foot of the picturesque Rocky Mountain. The Mourne Mountain Region is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and parts are owned by the National Trust.
Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!
1. Climb Slieve Donard
Take a hike up Northern Irelands Highest Peak, Slieve Donard. The views from the summit are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.
2. Explore Murlough National Nature Reserve and Beach
Murlough is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.
It offers the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland, a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath with an array of butterflies and wild flowers.
3. Visit Silent Valley and Ben Crom
Silent Valley Reservoir in the heart of the Mourne Mountains is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. Enjoy a short hike above this pretty reservoir in the Mourne Mountains.
4. Step into the Narnia Trail at Kilbroney Forest
This family loop trail takes you through woodland at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The famous writer, C S Lewis, as a young boy, spent much holiday time in the Mournes and Rostrevor. This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.
5. Visit Fort Evergreen
Fort Evergreen offers children the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with animals through activities such as bottle-feeding lambs, hand-feeding sheep and goats, grooming ponies and stroking rabbits and guinea pigs.
Find out more here: https://www.fortevergreen.co.uk/
6. Tee off at Royal County Down
Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Enjoy a day of golf and head back to the pods to relax in the afternoon.
Find out more here: https://www.royalcountydown.org/visitor_information
7. Take a tour of the Game of Thrones Studio
Located at the filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to step behind the scenes of The Seven Kingdoms and beyond.
Find out more here: https://www.gameofthronesstudiotour.com/
8. Get on your bike at Kilbroney Mountain Bike Trails
On the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.
Find out more here: http://www.mountainbikeni.com/rostrevor/
9. Get up close with Cranfield Aplacas
Whether you want to take a gentle stroll on the beach with Alpacas or simply relax in their charming company whilst enjoying the most stunning views, Cranfield Alpacas is a must visit day out destination.
Find out more here: https://cranfieldalpacas.com/
10. Hike up Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle
Just a short walk from the pods is Rocky Mountain. Explore Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle- this trail is great for hiking and walking.
and one extra… Santa’s Cottage ( Santa’s official Residence in Ireland)
Only a 2 minute drive from the pods and open from 19th November – 24th December.
You can book via http://santascottage.co.uk/
With lots to do in the area, Leitrim Lodge is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Mournes and beyond!