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  • In the Mourne mountains with easy access to the Trassey Track
  • Close to Newcastle, the coast and Tullymore Forest Park
  • Well-equipped kitchen and communal barn with woodburning stove

If you've never visited or stayed among the Mourne mountains in N Ireland's Co Down, you've been mightily missing out.

With Northern Ireland's highest peak (Slieve Donard, but you knew that), the mountains are a designated Area of Natural Beauty – and did you know they inspired one Mr Lewis to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and that they've been one of the many viewsome backdrops for Game of Thrones? Go: they're fab.

After a long day's happy hiking and wildlife watching, rest up back at Gorse Hill Farm, a popular Mournes site ten minutes from seaside town Newcastle and with easy access to the Trassey Track, one of the best spots among the Mournes for hiking and mountain biking. N Ireland's first state forest Tollymore Forest Park is only five minutes' drive away.

The farm specialises in catering for youth groups like the Duke of Edinburgh awards, but is also a handy base for mountain stays for all ages. Camping is on grass tent pitches and guests have access to a well-equipped shared kitchen with a gas hob, an electric oven, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster and a fridge. Toilets are also available, but please note there are no showers.

And another big bonus after a long day hiking or mountain biking? Gorse Hill also has a big communal barn comfortably fitting up to 55 people and equipped with a woodburning stove, for long cosy evenings socialising around the fire. The stove is free for all guests to use: just bring your own logs if you want to fire it up.

Please note

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Group bookings of 60 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

No hen/stag parties permitted via

The campsite operates a strict no alcohol policy.

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Party: 2 adults


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to the reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to our attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10pm and 8am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Group bookings of 26 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via
Group bookings of 60 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via

Reception is open from 8am to 12pm and from 5pm to 10pm between 01/04 and 30/09.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

This area is not subject to city tax.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 11pm and 6.30am.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The campsite operates a strict no-alcohol policy.