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Rostrevor - Cloughmore Stone

The Cloughmore car park is 230m above sea level and provides views of the surrounding forest. There are three waymarked trails, which vary in length from 1.25 miles to 4.5 miles, and take the visitor to various areas within the forest to enjoy the many magnificent views and beauty of the woodlands.

The area has been declared a National Nature Reserve and more recently an Area of Special Scientific Interest.




0.4 (One Way) miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Woodland


Moderate, steep in places

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Views of Mourne Mountains, Cloughmore Stone

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

From the car park follow the signs up a steep hill to the Cloughmore Stone.

There are great views from here over Carlingford Lough.

From here retrace your steps back to the car park.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Rostrevor follow the signs to Rostrevor Forest & Kilbroney.

Once inside the forest, follow the tarmac road uphill to the second car park (located 230 above sea level). This is accessed via a one-way system).

The first car park passed is at Kilbroney and has toilets and cafe.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - (in Rostrevor)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Car parking and picnic facilities, refreshments and toilets are availble at Kilbroney park.



Publication Availability


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Ratings and Comments

Miriam McMath 25 March, 2018 @ 20:52

I have climbed to the big stone since I was 4 years old. It’s much easier now we can drive to the car park. I remember there was a small hut at fiddlers green which used to open in the summer and sell soft drinks. I still marvel at the fantastic view once I reach the top. There are several walks available once there.

Holly H 20 July, 2016 @ 11:02

Great walk. Steep as suggested in places. Have been taking the kids since able to walk and they love it. I suggest when you have made it as far as the stone to keep walking the path behind the stone to take you up slieve martin. Not actually as far as it looks and well worth it when you are already that far.

William Patterson (Ballymena) 18 June, 2014 @ 17:29

Some of the earlier reviews seem to pre-date the arrival of mountain bikers, who excavate the forest with impunity, spoiling these walks for the rest of us. Use your car and drive to the stone which is still worth it for the views. Might even scare off biker wildlife! Rostrevor is beautful and rewarding location though.

Gerard O'Hare 8 October, 2013 @ 14:21

I have a vague memory of going up here for the first time when there wasn't s public road or car park. I think it was a small gate on the footpath just to the right of where the main enterance is now.

It was a real adventure and took hours but the joy of reaching the top, the view and Cloughmore was magical. and of course all the stories about the Giants are all true!!

Jean 8 September, 2010 @ 14:24

It is fantastic. The veiws when you get to the top are second to none. Quite steep at times and a lot of puffing and panting for someone who is not as fit as I used to be but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I WILL do it again sometime.

Esther O'Hare 26 June, 2009 @ 02:39

Wow! This wasn't the easiest of walks, but the view from the Stone was well worth the effort.

Didi Baxter, Lecale Cottages, Rostrevor 24 March, 2009 @ 11:58

This is a beautiful walk, with the view from the top making you forget the steep climb!

Alternative routes are to either park outside the Forestry Service, on the Right Hand Side as you enter Kilbroney Park, and follow the route via the Old Oak Forest and the Fiddlers' Green, or park in the lower car park (main car park with cafe) and follow the river trail. Both routes are longer and steeper than the one detailed above, but are far better than driving most of the way if you are able for it.

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