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Granite Trail (Bogie Line & Drinneevar Loop)

Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland, the Granite Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne. Differing natural habitats can be enjoyed as you walk through coniferous forest and mature woodland beside mountain streams and rivers.




3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Woodland


Steep inclines, forest tracks

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Harbour and Town, Natural Habitat

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

There are 3 component parts to this trail, providing the walker with a range of possible options or combinations. 

  • Bogie Line
  • Drinneevar Loop
  • Donard Loop

Starting from NEWCASTLE HARBOUR (Bogie Line & Drinneevar Loop)

Walk up to the main Newcastle – Kilkeel road (beside the Harbour Inn). Cross the road with care and continue up Bogie Hill and up onto King Street. A “Granite Trail” sign marks the direction to the start of the old BOGIE LINE, a cleared strip of forest on a 1 in 3 incline up towards Millstone Quarry.

At the top of Donard Wood, cross the stile to access the DRINNEEVAR LOOP. 

Follow the narrow path to your left hand side which takes you to a 2nd stile over a dry stone wall.  Cross the stile and continue along the path which leads upwards into the hillside. You will then descend briefly before taking the linear path to your right hand side, which leads up to Drinneevar Quarry (accessed through a gateway in the wall).  Here you can see remnants of the Granite Industry, including stones that have been cut using the plug and feathers technique.  Retrace your steps back along the linear route until you come to a 3rd stile which takes you back onto a forest road.  Follow the road until you reach a fork in the road. Take the left hand road and continue until you reach the BOGIE LINE. Turn right to descend onto Bogie Hill and the main A2 road. 

NB – the trail on the open mountainside is very narrow and is not waymarked, in order to minimise visual disruption. 

WARNING - The trail includes quarries with loose spoil, old workings and unprotected drops.  It is recommended that visitors keep to the trail. 


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

There is a car park available at Newcastle Harbour, South Promenade, Newcastle. This is on the main A2 road from Newcastle to Kilkeel. Regular buses are available to Newcastle from Belfast and Newry. The Granite Trail commences opposite Newcastle Harbour.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets - (South Promenade)


Wide range of eateries to suit all tastes in Newcastle.


The Granite Trail, Newcastle, Co. Down

Publication Availability

You can pick up a copy of this at Newcastle Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 028 4372 2222. Alternatively, it is available to download on this page.

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Ratings and Comments

Jan 19 April, 2017 @ 10:54

Challenging walk with a steep climb to get you started, beautiful scenery along the way with various options to take different routes , just a pity walks are not clearly identified which would be a great help. I was stopped on two occasions by people looking directions.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board should take note and help to improve a beautiful area with some signage.

Lynda 19 September, 2016 @ 12:52

Excellent walk with stunning scenery and views over County Down. The climb up the Bogie Line is not for the faint hearted though as it's a steep pull. I followed the trail from the harbour at Newcastle. The path isn't well marked so I was glad I had printed the map off from Walk NI website and also asked some friendly passers by who knew the route. It's quite rough underfoot so a good pair of sturdy walking shoes/boots is recommended.

Domnall McComish 14 March, 2015 @ 16:41

13th March 2015 state of granite trail is poor and looks very neglected exhibits shown on trail fallen to pieces

work needs to be done sooon as possible.

Domnall Mccomish

Walks in the Mournes

Colin,Carol & Jack the Lab 27 September, 2009 @ 17:34

Walked this route today in surprisingly warm autumn sunshine. Parked in Donard Park and started off up the Glen River path then straight across the first bridge and through the woodland to King Street before the lung bursting Bogie Line - but what a view while refilling the oxygen tanks at the wee hut. The views of South Down and further afield were even better from the quarry where we stopped for a quick drink and a bicky before going down through Donard wood,to the Glen River and back to the car park. This is mainly the route in the Down District Council leaflet but could be better signposted on the route. The almost total absence of litter was a welcome change from previous visits.

Wayne 26 July, 2009 @ 15:50

Excellent route. Walked this trail yesterday for the first time. I would recomend going on a very clear day for the best views and starting at Donnard Park if you don't like walking up steps. It took me 2 hours 40 minutes at an easy pace and I had plenty of time to stop for photos and a snack at the point. I posted some pictures at http://twitpic.com/photos/w_ayne

Robert Nesbitt 14 June, 2009 @ 15:48

I walked that Route on the 5th of June as I was Advised By a Friend to do it in Reverse so I gave it a Go I climbed the Glen River Path as if I was going to do the Donard trail and when I reached the 3rd Bridgh turned Left and then Lveel Path for a Mile or so went up to a White Shed by the Quarry and rested By the Landmark sign and then Carried on Downhill over two Stiles till I reached the Small wooden Hut and then Carried on Downhill till I reached a Archway Leading to the Harbour turned Left at the Bogie Carraige and followed Blue Marker Back to Donard Park Bit of Navigation Needed as you have to Ford a Stream if water is Flowing do not do it when in Spate and Back to the start in Donard Park that Path should Be Signposted in Both Directions and as the Turn off at all the Bridges in Case any Body wants to alternate the Route

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