It is a well known fact that it is virtually impossible to predict the weather when hiking in Northern Ireland’s Mourne mountains. August saw sun, rain, hail and even more rain however, the ever changing weather didn’t stop us venturing into the mountains. On this excursion we opted for a day long hike from Annalong to Slieve Lamagan, Cove Mountain, the Devil’s Coachroad, Hare’s Castle and a loop back to Annalong wood.
We had the whole day so the pace was steady and we stopped at the top of each mountain to take in the view and to refuel. The first stop was Slieve Lamagan, the most difficult of the high Mourne mountains to climb given the steep incline to the summit.
Slieve Lamagan sits at 704 metres above sea level and has a prominence of of 198metres. It was windy at the top so the cloud flow was fast so we were treated to some stunning views across to Slieve Bearnagh and the Brandy Pad. You can watch a 3D animation of the route below thanks to the brilliant Relive website.
Relive pulls activities from Strava and models a 3D animation based on the route. I used a Garmin Fenix and it’s a seamless process with the videos emailed within a few hours of completing activities. If you use Strava also check out Velographic.
The view from Slievelamagan over to Slieve Bearnagh is always breathtaking. You don’t quite get the sheer scale of the mountain but this post (Slieve Bearnagh, the Mournes) gives an idea of the size of the tors.
Slieve Lamagan to Cove Mountain
Having descended Slieve Lamagan it was time to tackle Cove mountain which stands 655m above sea level. This image from Cove shows Slieve Lamagan and the route we traversed along the Annalong valley.
We decided to head down from the Brandy Pad and walk along the very wet Annalong river back toward the wood. It’s further than it looks especially given how wet it was under foot and the heavy rain didn’t help.
You can read more about the various routes around the Mourne Mountains in the Northern Ireland landscapes section of the site.