Our Story

Welcome to Kribben Cottages. We are a family run business of five self catering cottages owned by John & Myrtle Haugh, opened in 2014.

Living in the area most of our lives, we wanted to share our passion for the Mournes, and create a haven where guests can relax in luxurious accommodation, whilst experiencing this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Our name “Kribben Cottages” is derived from the once thriving granite industry in the Mourne area. Each cottage has been individually named to reflect this period of history.

‘Local stone mason, Andy Newell working kribben at his own stone yard in Mullartown, Annalong, circa 1960.”

During this era stone was extracted from many small local quarries including Moolieve, Crannoge and Millstone. Horses and carts were used to carry the granite off the mountains using various tracks. One of these tracks was via Seefin, along Rourke’s Park, and descending into Annalong Harbour, where it was formed and dressed by local stone masons into granite kerbstones, known locally as “kribben”. The kribben was then exported by schooner, a small sailing boat, to Britain, where it can still be seen today lining the streets of many major cities.