Family Adrenaline Adventures with Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

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Nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is home to both immaculate private grounds and luxurious accommodations, as well as a number of exhilarating outdoor activities for all the family.

From coasteering and bouldering to field archery and mountain biking, the property is the perfect base to experience the best outdoor offerings in County Down.

Situated in nearby Castlewellan Forest Park, the outdoor activity centre includes a mile long lake dotted with intriguing modern sculptures and the Peace Maze, the world’s largest permanent hedge maze. Whether you are looking for an action packed day or a more gentle introduction to the County Down area, there are programmes available to suit every individual.


For a completely unique experience, discover the coastline of the Mourne Mountains with a day of Coasteering. Accompanied by a professional guide, prepare for a day of climbing over the rocky shores, jumping off coastal cliffs and swimming through the sea caves of the historic Maggie’s Leap. Located between the cliffs just outside of Newcastle, Maggie’s Leap contains a great chasm between two cliffs and includes a vast drop to the sea below. Myth has it that a beautiful local girl called Maggie was walking home with a basket full of eggs when some soldiers tried to block her path. In order to escape, she attempted to jump the chasm and successfully soared across to the other side with every egg in her basket still intact.

Coasteering is offered from £29 per person. 

Mountain Biking 

With a variety of trails to travel, Mountain Biking provides a fun and active way to experience Northern Ireland’s highest and most dramatic mountain range. Start from the hotel and embark on a fully guided tour to learn more about the region and its surroundings, all whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Mournes. Sessions are available for all levels. For something a little different, why not try the brand new Electric Mountain Bikes for a truly power-driven experience.

Mountain Biking is offered from £24 per person and Electric Mountain Biking is offered from £29 per person.

Wet Bouldering

Rock Climbing stripped to its core, Bouldering is an adventurous activity sure to get each individual’s adrenaline pumping.

Explore the area of the Bloody Bridge where the river flows from Slieve Donard Mountain to the sea, creating perfect waterfalls and deep pools for wet bouldering.

From swimming in those rock pools and climbing over boulders to jumping into plunge pools, this experience is guaranteed to keep all family and friends drenched and entertained!

Wet Bouldering is offered from £29 per person.

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Following an action packed day, the warm and luxurious Slieve Donard Resort & Spa will be waiting for guests on their return.

Tuck into the famed afternoon tea, or perhaps indulge in one of the many treatments available at the stunning ESPA Spa.

With 16 treatment rooms and a large pool, with floor to ceiling glass windows that allow for stunning views of the mountains and sea, it’s the perfect place to unwind and reflect on the day’s activities.

Hastings Hotels (, 028 9042 1066) offer nightly rates at The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa from £100 per person on a B&B basis.

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