Silent Valley Heritage Trail

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Discover the history of the Silent Valley in the Mourne Mountains. On this walk you will pass an original ‘Watertown House’ and discover a memorial which commemorates the men who sadly lost their lives during the building of the dams.

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Silent Valley Heritage Trail

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County Down

Distance 1.9 miles

OS Map Sheet 29

Terrain Easy well laid paths

Nearest Town Kilkeel

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference J30586 21034

Route Type Parkland & Grassland

Route Description

Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the yellow arrows for the Heritage Trail. From the main car park you will pass the “Mourne Hand” art sculpture, follow the path past the duck pond and on towards the main visitor servicing area. En route, you will pass an original Watertown House as well as the memorial which commemorates the men who sadly lost their lives during the building of the dams. Walk on past the café and climb the steps, which take you past the Interpretive Centre. Visit the centre to learn more about the unique history associated with the park. Continuing on past the visitor centre, look to the skies to spot a red kite ! Continue along the path uphill and join the road which leads up to the lower dam wall of the Silent Valley reservoir. The trail then takes you along the embankment to the other side. Follow the way-markers to make your way past Sally Lough until you reach the start of the Nature Trail. From here, turn left and make your way back towards the main car park.

Point of Interest

Silent Valley reservoir, Watertown house, memorial, the “Mourne Hand” art piece, natural heritage

Getting to the start

The route begins in the main car park reached through the gates on the Head Road on the south side of the Mournes. The Silent Valley is sign posted for drivers travelling south from Newcastle and north from Kilkeel. There is an entrance fee.

Public transport

During the summer months, Translink operate the Mourne Rambler Service- a circular route that stops at the gates of the Silent Valley. More information can be found on the Translink website.

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.


Toilets and refreshments available during summer months and public holidays at Silent Valley restaurant and information centre or in nearby Kilkeel.

Disabled parking and toilets