Sluggerites often make reference to the Mournes, so I thought that this might be of interest, either to residents here or anyone intending to visit.
Queen’s University will today reopen its Mourne Cottage to the public, after an extensive £100,000 refurbishment programme, funded by the University itself, Queen’s Alumni Fund, Mourne Heritage Trust and the Donal Deery Fund. Located in Ballymartin, half a mile from Silent Valley and one hours drive from Belfast, the cottage has always been a popular base for outdoor activities amongst many clubs and societies from the University. Now, thanks to an extensive refurbishment programme, it will be available to members of the public, schools, clubs and community groups for as little as £6 per person per night.
I have been privileged to live near the Mournes for the past 15 years, and I honestly think that its one of the most special places in the world. I drive once a week to Newcastle, and I meet a man out walking his reindeer. (Rudolph, of course). If you haven’t been, you’re depriving yourself of some spectacular scenery and a sense of peace and serenity hard to find in other parts of NI.