EXPLORE the Mournes

Amuigh ag taiscéaladh sna Beanna Boirche

This website is dedicated to exploring the Mourne Mountains through hiking, walking, cycling & even driving. Hopefully the photos & information regarding each mountain, plus tips will get you out there to discover one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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With age comes appreciation

This web site has been created to show off one of my favourite places in the world, the Mourne Mountains. I have travelled quite a bit in my life but the jewels that are the mournes have always been on my doorstep yet I never noticed them until I was in my 30's.


Through this web site I also want to bring some more meaning to the names of each mountain. A lot of this has been researched in the Place Names of Northern Ireland but I want the names to come alive, to mean something. In order to do this we first have to understand the name of the mountain in the gaelic language. Our ancestors named things based on what they saw, experienced or used a place for which is not so much the case these days.

Using this site Photograph

This photo was taken by Donald McCartan from a light aeroplane. The mountains to the right are Wee Binnian with Slieve Binnian towering over it. The waterway is Silent Valley reservoir. Slieve Bearnagh can be seen in the background.

Inspiration

The biggest inspiration is the mountains themselves. From the first time I hiked in the mournes I was hooked. I really enjoy bringing the initial wow experience I had to friends when they first go hiking.

The photos are not professional but have been taken by myself & others during their hikes.

Using the whole browser/computer screen is a great way to show case these photos & the idea to do this really came from www.ringvemedia.com. Some might say it is almost a complete rip off. You probably aren't to wrong.

The names of the mountains in the Gaelic language & their meanings. As our society grows further & further from the land we live in the names our ancestors had for places get lost. This is an attempt to highlight this to people & in some way preserve that.

There has been a lot of work done by the Míchél B. Ó Mainnín in the Place-Names of Northern Ireland, Volume three, County Down III, The Mournes which I have used or been guided by.

World Interest

CS Lewis has used the Mourne Mountains as inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia and more recently they have been used for scenes in the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. Please check the Places of Interest link for more information on Game of Thrones in the Mourne Mountains.