The Area

Tollymore Self-Catering is located in the small village of Bryansford which is situated on the northern side of  Tollymore Forest Park. Bryansford is approximately halfway been Newcastle and Castlewellan. Bryansford and the surrounding area plays host to great bars and restaurants and boasts a host of activities.


The Mourne Mountains 


Throw on your walking boots and hike the beautiful Mourne Mountains, the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland.The Mournes is An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was the inspiration for C. S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia!  

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Newcastle and Murlough Beach is a 5 mile long Blue Flag golden sand beach. Water sports are popular here. Newcastle town can be reached directly along the beach, past Royal County Down Golf Club. Murlough Beach backs onto Murlough Nature Reserve.


Tyrella Beach is an award winning beach and dune conservation within Dundrum Bay. It is a wide, flat, sandy beach, two kilometres long and backed by 25 hectares of mature dunes in a conservation area, offering scenic walks and an insight into the habitat of local flora and fauna. 


Cranfield West offers a gently sloping, mainly sandy beach located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, an area designated as being of Special Scientific Interest. Set in an idyllic location at the mouth of Carlingford Lough, this south facing beach boasts the majestic Mourne Mountains as a backdrop.


Forest Parks

Tollymore Forest Park, pictured here, is a few hundred yards from the property. It is a fabulous forest park covering an area of almost 630 hectares and lies at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. There are four circular way marked forest trails of varying lengths passing through some of the most beautiful parts of the park. The Mourne Way/Ulster Way also crosses through the forest.

Castlewellan Forest Park is a 5 minute drive from the property. It contains the National Arboretum of Northern Ireland and attracts tree enthusiasts from around the world. It also contains one of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a Victorian Castle, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, views of the Mourne Mountains, one of the world's largest permanent hedge mazes, childrens play area, an onsite multi-activity centre and equestrian centre.

Kilbroney Forest Park consists of 97 acres of beautiful parkland where you can Walk the Narnia Trail, climb up to Cloughmore/’The Big Stone’ or check out the mountain bike trails (widely regarded as one of the most exciting mountain bike destinations in Europe). There is also a two-mile forest drive to panoramic views over Carlingford Lough. There is also a Play Park with children's play area, tennis courts, information area and cafe. Kilbroney is a 30 minute drive from the property.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park is situated in the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers woodland trails, The Giant's Liar, adventure playpark and 10km scenic drive.


Adventure Centres


There are a number of adventure centres in the local area including Tollymore Outdoor Centre (2 minute drive from the property), Life Adventure Centre in Castlewellan and East Coast Adventure Centre, offering a host of activities such as field archery, wet bouldering, hill walking, canoeing, kayaking, yachting, pier jumping, banana boating, coasteering, raft buidling, mountain biking, tennis, cycling, rock climbing, mountaineering and orienteering, horse-riding, wet bouldering, abseiling, archery, zipline and adventure playgrounds, to name a few!


Games of Thrones Filming Locations

Northern Ireland's beaches, forests, mountains and castles have played host to Game of Thrones filming for a number of years now. Tollymore Forest Park is one such filming location. Walking Tours of the Tollymore filming locations are available as well as other GOT tours throughout Northern Ireland. 


Further Afield

Northern Ireland has been rated the best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, ahead of Alaska and the Julian Alps of Slovenia, in their Best in Travel 2018 awards. Check out this video from Discover NI.......need we say more!