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Meelmore and Meelbeg

A moderate circular walk in the High Mournes, summiting two of the seven highest peaks in the region, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg.




5.5 miles

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Route Shape


Route Type



Unsurfaced tracks, mountain path

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Point of Interest

Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, Fofanny Dam, the Mourne Wall

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Cross the obvious stile on the opposite side of the road from Ott car park. After 150m the stony track splits in two - take the upper path and continue along the obvious track ascending to the col between Slieve Loughshannagh and Carn Mountain where you will meet the Mourne Wall. At the wall turn left and follow the Mourne Wall up the summits of Slieve Loughshannagh (619m) and Slieve Meelbeg (708m), up to the summit of Slieve Meelmore (687m). Retrace your steps 300m back down Slieve Meelmore to the wall intersection and descend into the valley using the right hand wall at this intersection. Continue to where the wall meets a walking track and river and follow the river downstream, following the walking trails on either side. At the bottom of the valley pick up the Ulster Way, before reaching a pocket of evergreen woodland, follow this in a south westerly direction passing Fofanny Dam after 750m. The Ulster Way emerges onto the Slievenaman Road. Turn left and continue for 800m along the road back to Ott car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

The walk starts at Ott car park. To get here follow the Kilkeel Road out of Hilltown for 7 km, turn left at the junction with Slievenaman Road and continue for 1.5 km, Ott car park is on the left hand side.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5


Car park and picnic facilities available at Ott car park.



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Ratings and Comments

Claire 1 February, 2015 @ 22:09

Another beautiful walk in the Mournes, the already stunning scenery that bit more special in the snow. A short distance walk but still challenging, I would recommend a packed lunch and plenty of water to fuel you up the peaks. Take time to enjoy the views, they're well worth it.

Georgina Milne 14 August, 2011 @ 20:37

A good walk for someone able to rise to the challenge of four peaks in quick succession. Meelbeg is an often ignored peak, as Meelmore steals the limelight from Meelbeg's more gentle ascent and easier terrain. This is a perfect short walk - a great car park, warm up on the walk up Ott, stretch out on Loughshannagh and Meelbeg and then rise to the challenge of Meelmore. The changeable weather makes a map and compass a complete necessity - this is not walk fo a very amateur or unprepared hiker. You tackle a range of terrain and get to experience the eerie silence of Fofanny, which seems strangely out of place away from the other reservoirs. The woodland at Fofanny itself can be muddy and thick with flies in summer so come prepared for a bit of muck even on a dry day.

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