From left to right: Swimming in the Mourne Mountains, Great food in Newry, The Quays Shopping Centre, Rostrevor Forest
Right in the center of two areas of outstanding beauty – the mountains of Mourne and The Ring of Guillon – Newry, Country Down, Northern Ireland is a feast for the eyes surrounded by nature at its very best.
Legend has it that St. Patrick planted a yew tree at the head of the strand of Carlingford Lough, which pointed its dark green fronds towards the heavens for 700 years. The city’s name originates from this story, with the old name being Iuir Cinn Tra (The Head of the Strand), which eventually was revised and shortened to the word Newry.
The distinguished history of Newry has resulted in a fine array of both civic and religious buildings. Known as the Gateway to the North, the area has a history of continuous settlement dating back to 4000BC and enjoys wonderful architecture, including beautiful Georgian houses, a cathedral that dates back to the 1830s and a unique town hall built over the Clanyre River.
With such splendid landscapes surrounding the city limits, it’s easy to know why there is such a vast scope for exhilarating outdoor activities. But for those with a more leisurely visit in mind, within the city you can find plenty of retail therapy, fabulous bars and restaurants, all mixed in with the wonderful charm of the Newry people.