Mourne International Walking Festival

26 – 28 June 2020

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates 22 years of outdoor enjoyment and discovery next year when the award-winning event returns on Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June 2020.

Celebrating everything the stunning Mourne Mountains area encapsulates and offering an adventure of discovery through its sweeping slopes and beautiful coastline views, the Festival brings three days of exploration and excitement.

Next year’s special event kicks off on Friday and runs until Sunday and will feature a range of routes suitable for those who are just starting out, those keen to put their best foot forward and those more experienced to walking a tougher terrain.

Launched by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the annual festival welcomes hundreds of individual, group and family walkers of every age, and offers a choice of routes which have been carefully planned to impress at both low and high levels. Ranging in distance from 10 to 30km, everyone is encouraged to gauge the most suitable walk for them and get involved.

The Mourne Mountains have been named Northern Ireland’s favourite walking destination for three consecutive years in WalkNI’s annual awards, demonstrating the unrivalled popularity of the area and the incredible views and opportunities it offers all walkers. And the Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI ‘Favourite Walking Event’ award for three consecutive years, a testament to the popularity of the festival and the appeal of the Mourne Mountains.

Welcoming visitors from near and far, the walking festival gives everyone the chance to sample not only the history, heritage, myths and legends of the local area, but also the wonderful welcome, hospitality and craic on offer.

For those taking part, there is also the chance to celebrate their achievements by attending a special festival evening event on Saturday 27 June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival will take place from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June 2020.

You can also head to the official Mourne International Walking Festival Facebook page  #MourneWalkingFest or email us