Hi! We're staying 2 nights at Slieve Donard Resort at the end of May. We have most of one day to explore the area (husband has a 15:00 tee time at Royal County Down). We're a group of four in our early 40s. Three of us like to hike, one is not as enthusiastic about hiking. Since we have such a short time, I'd like to do something unique to the area. We're following Newcastle with two nights in Portrush and will be driving the Antrim coast. I don't want to drive more than 1 hour from Newcastle (which eliminates Castle Ward, even though it looks lovely and interesting). Here are my thoughts:
1. Weather permitting, do a hike in the Mournes. Unfortunately, I don't think that we have time to ascend Slieve Donard because of the golf tee time. I've read that it take 4-5 hours. Otherwise, that would be our choice.
2. Visit Tollymore Forest Park and walk there. My husband and I are Game of Thrones fans, but not to the extent that we're planning this trip around GOT filming sites.
3. Drive to Downpatrick and see the St. Patrick sites and Inch Abbey.
I'm also very interested in Dundrum Castle, but I don't feel like it's a half day activity. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Hopefully we can fit in around whatever else we decide to do. I really wish that we had more time! Thanks in advance for any thoughts that you may have.