Slieve Donard

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Slieve Donard is the highest peak in Northern Ireland. It is one of seven 700 meter peaks in the Mourne Mountains, the others being Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, and Slieve Lamagan.

The route up is a lovely trail walk following the Glen River path through a forest and up to the Mourne wall, a 22 mile 6ft high wall encompassing the Mourne Mountains. The top section of the track can be icy in winter, making it unsuitable for unprepared trekers but overall anyone can climb this peak and the other six of the high Mournes.

A Slieve Donard climb is a fantastic day out when part of a longer walk taking in other peaks or just enjoying the fantastic views out to sea or of both North and Southern Ireland. However, be warned that this small, easily accessible range is prone to bad weather! They don't call it the Emerald Ireland for nothing.

Elevation (feet): 2,789
Elevation (meters): 850
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Mourne Mountains
Latitude: 54.180109
Longitude: -5.921201
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: ?
First successful climber(s): St Patrick
Nearest major airport: Belfast
Convenient Center: Newcastle

Thanks to Boris Blackband for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Slieve Donard.

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  • Log #22317 - by josephinemc on May 27, 2012
    Despite not been able to see more than 3 meters ahead because of a very heavy cloud cover and been on my own for a first time climb, Very impressed Follow the river, turn left then when you hit the...
  • Log #21325 - by Andy Dincher on July 01, 2008
    I took the path up the Bloody River to the wall. The stretch along the wall to the peak was very steep. We encountered sheep all the way up though. The summit presents a wonderful view out across the...
  • Log #21225 - by Ray Herd on Mar 16, 2008
    Started Newcastle Car Park, weather cloudy but dry.Followed river on clearly marked but wet and slippery path through valley to steps. Climb up at end of valley on steeper steps, getting colder and...
  • Log #21096 - by Robert Neil Coupe on Nov 29, 2007
    I climbed the mountain during the only holiday I have ever had in Ireland and Northern Ireland after climbing all of Ireland's 3,000-foot peaks plus Croagh Patrick, the pilgrimage mountain. I climbed...
  • Log #19210 - by Andy on Sep 27, 2006
    Cloudy and wet. Up and down in 4 hours from and to Bloody Bridge car park. The Mourne Wall is useful for navigation. This ascent marked 5 out of 5 for my daughters and I - highest peaks in all the...
  • Log #16000 - by Stephen Farley on Oct 05, 2004
    Spring 2004 ascent to be the first mountain in a list of mountains which will lead to Everest and K2. Two good routes, from the Donard carpark, or from the bloody bridge carpark. Both very similar in...
  • Log #16001 - by Ana Donnard on June 10, 2002
    My grand-father Nicolas Donnard came to Brazil in 1930 from Brittany-Cornouaille. I'm working on a thesis abour arthurian myth at the Dépa