Three night Escape to Northern Ireland Adventure!
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Come and explore the Mourne Mountains and Northern Ireland with OutdoorLads. This event is THREE NIGHTS over the early May bank holiday weekend.
Voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland lies the atmospheric Mourne Mountains. They are the the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland and it’s summits are crowned by granite Tors.
There'll be a mix of high and low level walks on offer over the weekend and depending on interest there's loads of other things to do including watersports, mountain biking or even Sea Safari in nearby Strangford Lough.
Well be staying at Meelmore Lodge which is nestled in the heart of Mourne Mountains. After our days out and about we'll have chance to kick back and relaxing in the evening. We'll have the place to ourselves, and have a bit of a mix of home cooked meals in the evenings.
Payment: You can pay in installments for this trip should you wish. Please contact the office for details and to book on email@example.com
Transport: You'll need to make your own arrangements to Northern Ireland. The options are a ferry or by air, both to Belfast. Ferries go from Liverpool Birkenhead to Belfast several times as day. There are also ferries from Cairnryan in Scotland to Belfast, and also a route from Douglas on the Isle of Man.
You can also fly to Belfast from several UK airports. The Ireland.com website has some good information on routes available for both ferries and flights.
We will have a minibus available for the group to use whilst we are there, and we'll arrange a meeting point(s) in Belfast on the first day and use the minibus to transport people back to our accommodation - probably two pick-ups, due to numbers.
We will confirm final pick-up timings closer to the time. If you are keen to bag a travel bargain, aim for a morning arrival and departure mid afternoon onwards. If you are flying then Belfast City is a better choice. It is very close to the city which means you may have chance to explore a bit of Belfast itself.
We'll be able to use the minibus throughout our stay to explore the area and to take us to the starting point of some of our walks, and the cost of it is included in the price of this event. One Monday we may travel back to earlier in the day to give opportunity for a bit of touristing in Belfast - there's lots to see.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Photographs taken from the Mourne Lodge Website and Facebook page and used with permission.
What to bring
For the accommodation, you'll need:
Wash kit: remember to include a towel, shower gel and shampoo
Flip Flops: or something similar to wear in the, usually wet, communal shower room
Earplugs: for the shared sleeping arrangements
For our walks and activities:
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
Please bring something for the buffet on the first night. Breakfasts and evening meals on the other days are included, but you'll need to bring / buy your own lunches and any drinks you want other than tea, coffee and water.