Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland, the Granite Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne.

Differing natural habitats can be enjoyed as you walk through coniferous forest and mature woodland beside mountain streams and rivers.

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Granite Trail (Bogie Line & Drinneevar Loop)



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  • Excellent walk with stunning scenery and views over County Down. The climb up the Bogie Line is not for the faint hearted though as it’s a steep pull.

    I followed the trail from the harbour at Newcastle. The path isn’t well marked so I was glad I had printed the map off from Walk NI website and also asked some friendly passers by who knew the route. It’s quite rough underfoot so a good pair of sturdy walking shoes/boots is recommended.

    Jan at 11:34 am
  • County Down

    Distance 3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Steep inclines, forest tracks

    Nearest Town Newcastle

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J37950 29653

    Route Type Forest, Woodland

    There are 3 component parts to this trail, providing the walker with a range of possible options or combinations.

    Bogie Line
    Drinneevar Loop
    Donard Loop

    Starting from NEWCASTLE HARBOUR (Bogie Line & Drinneevar Loop)

    Walk up to the main Newcastle – Kilkeel road (beside the Harbour Inn). Cross the road with care and continue up Bogie Hill and up onto King Street. A “Granite Trail” sign marks the direction to the start of the old BOGIE LINE, a cleared strip of forest on a 1 in 3 incline up towards Millstone Quarry.

    At the top of Donard Wood, cross the stile to access the DRINNEEVAR LOOP.

    Follow the narrow path to your left hand side which takes you to a 2nd stile over a dry stone wall. Cross the stile and continue along the path which leads upwards into the hillside. You will then descend briefly before taking the linear path to your right hand side, which leads up to Drinneevar Quarry (accessed through a gateway in the wall). Here you can see remnants of the Granite Industry, including stones that have been cut using the plug and feathers technique. Retrace your steps back along the linear route until you come to a 3rd stile which takes you back onto a forest road. Follow the road until you reach a fork in the road. Take the left hand road and continue until you reach the BOGIE LINE. Turn right to descend onto Bogie Hill and the main A2 road.

    NB – the trail on the open mountainside is very narrow and is not waymarked, in order to minimise visual disruption.

    WARNING – The trail includes quarries with loose spoil, old workings and unprotected drops. It is recommended that visitors keep to the trail.

    Harbour and Town, Natural Habitat

    There is a car park available at Newcastle Harbour, South Promenade, Newcastle. This is on the main A2 road from Newcastle to Kilkeel. Regular buses are available to Newcastle from Belfast and Newry. The Granite Trail commences opposite Newcastle Harbour.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

    Wide range of eateries to suit all tastes in Newcastle.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Disabled toilets – (South Promenade)

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.