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Visiting the Mourne Mountains

December 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by Phineas Upham

Getting to the Mourne Mountains is much easier after reading “In the Kingdom of Mourne,” by writer Eric Weinberger. What are the Mournes? Weinberger explains: “The Mourne Mountains are the anomaly of south Down—rugged, rocky, inhospitable peaks in otherwise tranquil farming country. Forming a crescent across the map, they run down to the sea for only a brief stretch between Newcastle and Annalong, and again along a much lower ridge at Rostrevor, on Carlingford Lough.”

This short, but jam-packed article is a great travel piece on the area, offering the reader a beautiful description of the mountains, the local villages, and great attractions. But most importantly, he offers blueprints for a great vacation, whether you want to drive or hike.

There are three main ways you can explore the area: by car, bus, or by foot. Weinberger provides information about all three ways into the Mournes. According to the article, the only way to get deep into the mountains is by foot. The writer goes on a nine mile hike across the mountain range “to the sea.” Instead of taking the popular route, he takes the road less travelled and gets to see Shimna valley.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/31/travel/in-the-kingdom-of-mourne.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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