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Orange fern frond on blue background with path nameRing of Gullion Way

61 km / 38 miles

Armagh, Down, Louth (RoI)
The Ring of Gullion Way follows the Slieve Gullion ring dyke using a mixture of footpaths, forestry tracks and open hillsides as well as having significant road sections.

The route passes Fathom Mountain, Black Mountain, Slievenabolea, Slieve Gullion and Camlough Mountain. Other highlights on or close to the route include Clontygora Neolithic tomb, Moyry Castle, Craigmore Viaduct with its 18 arches, and the grounds of Derrymore House (National Trust).

Slieve Gullion alternative: this option passes over Slieve Gullion summit (573m), the highest peak in Armagh, with its huge Neolithic burial chamber and views of the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. See Connected Paths section below.

Diversion in place until further notice: between the Derrymore Road and Millvale Road see WalkNI website for up to date information.

Formed some 60 million years ago, the Slieve Gullion ring dyke was created by a massive volcanic explosion which obliterated the central volcano, but left a circle of hills radiating around the main caldera. The formation measures some 150 sq km and is the best example of its type in the British Isles.

The Ring of Gullion Way is one of ten Waymarked Ways, a series of accredited walking routes that pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country ranging in length from 20 to 47 miles. These walking routes with waymarked posts have excellent infrastructure in place. Interpretation panels throughout the walks provide interesting information on local history, natural features and wildlife. The Waymarked Ways are: Antrim Hills Way, Causeway Coast Way, Cuilcagh Way, Lecale Way, Mourne Way, Moyle Way, Newcastle Way, Newry Canal Way, Ring of Gullion Way and Sliabh Beagh Way.


Path Type
Northern Ireland Quality Routes
Waymark: Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Northern Ireland Quality Walks; Paths marked on OS mapping; AONB; Forest/Woodland; Moorland; Geological
J084259 - Canal Bridge, Newry, Down
J069279 - Train Station, Newry, Armagh

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Ring of Gullion Way - Walker's Guide (Walk Northern Ireland - 2015)
Ring of Gullion Way (Newry Visitor Information Centre - 2015)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Other Paper Maps:
OS (NI) Discoverer
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)

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