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Address: Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique...

The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique geological landform, unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped. It was voted onto the ‘Top 100 Geosites of UK & Ireland’. The ring of low, rugged hills forms a ‘rampart’ around the heather-clad Slieve Gullion mountain. Rich semi-wild habitats of heath, bog and woodland contrast with the neatly patterned fields and ladder farms. The AONB straddles the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland in south Armagh. The AONB shares many landscape characteristics with the adjacent Cooley peninsula in County Louth.

Slieve Gullion’s mysterious reputation arises from its associations with legends and the wider area’s rich archaeological heritage. It was along these roads and fields, and over these hills and mountains, that Cuchulainn and the Red Branch Knights, the O’Neills and the O’Hanlons roamed, battled and died. You can read some of these stories about Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Cuchulainn and the Cailleach Beara in the Living History Section, but better still Experience Gullion at one of the many local pubs and storytelling houses or visit the Giant’s Lair at Slieve Gullion.

The Ring of Gullion is alive with history, awash in scenic beauty and bursting with culture.

You can Experience Gullion’s rich geology, biodiversity and archaeology very easily. Browse the Ring of Gullion site, and plan your trip; you can Experience Gullion with our self guided Audio Tours or you can choose a guide from our tour guides page to bring Gullion to life with their local knowledge. You can also use our Interactive Map to Experience Gullion before heading out.

There are lots of ways to Experience Gullion and Get Involved through volunteering, events, training or simply taking a stroll along one of our many tranquil walkways. So get out there and experience all that the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.

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Walking or driving you could not fault the views of the ring of Gullion from start to finish it is outstanding (pity about the coffee shop it's not great)

Reviewed 3 days ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking or driving you could not fault the views of the ring of Gullion from start to finish it is outstanding (pity about the coffee shop it's not great)

Thank forrestwilson
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The air is fresh and the sun was shining, great walk for the kids up the hill and round all the fairy houses, the kids absolutely loved it, it's not too steep of a hill walk, (I did the first bit admittedly slow with lots of stops due to my mobility) there was a great play park beside the car... More 

Thank Jayceeni
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to spend the day. Playground, Fairy inspired woodland walks, mountain driving trail where you can park at set points and get out to walk or climb the mountain. cafe also available. Would highly recommend. We come here a couple of times per year.

Thank keas_mail
Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road around the Slieve Gullion forest park is a long one-way trip which will easily fill an hour in a car with lots of stops for stunning views, but is worth walking if you are fit and have at least half a day and proper boots! There is a big car park with a feature playground for the children... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After failing to find the path four years ago, this time we took a map and achieved the full Slieve Gullion circuitous walk. Amazing views from the summit and on a beautiful spring day it was a total pleasure. Waymarkers would have been a tremendous help when the very good path disappeared near the summit and after the north cairn... More 

Thank Ginny T
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Took the Ring of Gullion Heritage Bus tour. The guide Una Walsh had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history and legends of the area delivered in a very humorous and engaging way. There is so much to see and hear and some areas inaccessible by coach. A second day would have been needed to cover. Will defiantly try some of... More 

Thank Patricia50953
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Visited slieve gullion forest park bank holiday Monday with 2 young children. We've been here numerous times and every time they really enjoy it, they call it the fairy woods. The children's walk is called the giants lair, it stars out under a magical entrance and the magic is present the whole way to the end. From the little fairy... More 

Thank osullivandebby
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Easily reached from Belfast with the great road system towards Newry now. The fairy walk was interesting as was the scenic drive around the top of Slieve Gullion. The only negatives I would have was the lack of car parking and the lack of signage for walks etc. I can't comment on the food because we never ate but the... More 

Thank Justin C
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I had a terrible experience here last year due to car parking issues etc and was determined never to try it again. Friends picked this place to meet so I had to go this time. It was a rainy cold day during the week. This was obviously the best type of day to choose for this place as it only... More 

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Dromore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is always a good but little challenge on a Sunday. The weather wasn't great but that didn't stop us. Just stick to the path and you'll make it to the top. Also plenty of picnic areas and child play area. All for free! Chippy can there also, cafe and ice-cream vans in the summer

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