Dog friendly Kribben Cottages welcomes canine visitors in all shapes and sizes
Did you know that Kribben Cottages offers dog friendly accommodation in the Mournes? So there’s no better excuse to escape and enjoy a well-deserved vacation with your four-legged friend.
Finally, a pet friendly country cottage, which eliminates that guilty conscience from leaving your best buddy at home. No kennels fees to pay and definitely no need to bribe your closest friends and relatives to ‘pet-sit’ whilst you spend your holiday worrying about what mischief your dog might get up to.
Instead, you can bring your dog along to enjoy a peaceful (and secure) retreat at the foot of the Mourne Mountains where the only difficulty will be choosing where you’ll explore. With so many dog friendly forest parks, guided trails and mountain walks to choose from and dog friendly cafes and pubs to re-fuel in, you will be spoilt for choice on your dog inclusive holiday.
KILKEEL // EXPLORE
Dunnywater |: A stones throw from Kribben Cottages, you and your pooch can enjoy a gentle and tranquil walk along Dunnywater. Starting from the large iron gates, you can dander out and back through a corridor of thick forestry along flat tarmac and trail.
Silent Valley |: All well-behaved dogs are welcome to explore the various trails and grassy banks in the Valley but they must be kept on a lead at all times. Outside seating at the café means your furry friend can join you for a well-earned coffee stop.
Blue Lough |: Only a few miles from Kribben Cottages, make your way to the Carricklittle car park and walk into the heart of the mountains. Discover the beautiful Blue Lough or set yourself a challenge and climb up Slieve Binnian where the views are phenomenal. On your return to the car make sure to stop at the Carrick Cottage Café where you can treat yourself and your pup to some home made refreshments.
Beach Life |: Kilkeel offers a number of sandy beaches for your pup to sink their paws into including Kilkeel, Cranfield and Dunavil.
– Kilkeel Beach can be accessed from the town, at the bottom of the Manse Road and whilst it offers the smallest stretch of sand amongst the beaches, it makes a great pit stop during a tour of the town, as well as providing an interesting insight into the life of a busy working harbour and fishing village.
– Dunavil Beach comes next, only a short drive out of the town. With a large stretch of sand and little tourist activity, the beach is quiet and enables dog owners to let their pooches roam free and enjoy a paddle in the sea. Just keep an eye out for horses and their riders out for a stroll, and herds of sheep in nearby fields.
– Finally, Cranfield Beach. This large blue flag beach is part and parcel of Cranfield Caravan Park and sees high numbers of visitors in the summer months. Approx 3 miles out of town, simply keep driving until you see the coast and the Haulbowline lighthouse. If you fancy a longer leg stretch, you can walk from Cranfield Beach, along the coast to Greencastle and back.
KILKEEL // EAT
Whether you need to refuel following an active day, or simply fancy dining with your dog, there are a number of dog friendly cafes and restaurants in Kilkeel including,
- MADE in Mourne | 37 Greencastle St , Kilkeel | Dogs welcome inside
- Honeybee Bakery | 11 Bridge St, Kilkeel | Outside seating available
- Whisk Café | 49 Newcastle St, Kilkeel | Outside seating available
- Port-O-Call | 13 Bridge St, Kilkeel | Outside seating available (summer)
- Carrick Cottage Café | 204 Head Rd, Annalong | Outside & indoor seating
NEWCASTLE // EXPLORE
Newcastle is a seaside town set at the foot of the Mountains. The town provides everything you would expect in a holiday resort. Added to this the County Down area is blessed with endless natural beauty and is a great base for a whole range of dog friendly adventures.
Tipperary Wood |: An enclave of deciduous woodland on the banks of the Shimna River. The two-acre site is surrounded by secure fencing and can be found within easy walking distance of the town of Newcastle, whilst also being within reach of mountains, forests and beaches.
Donard Forest |: A short walk from the promenade and you and your pooch will find yourself in the heart of Donard Forest, The tarmac roads slowly transition into stony but accessible trail leading you to Donard Quarry, which offers some of the most spectacular views in County Down, including panoramic views of Newcastle, Dundrum Bay, St.John’s Point and even Slieve Croob. Or why not venture up the old ‘Bogey Line’ aka the ‘Granite Trail’ that the miners used to transport stone from the Quarry into Newcastle. If you’re feeling overly energetic and the weather is appropriate, you can walk along the Glenn River, which leads you up the mountain path to the bottom of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland standing at 850m above sea level!
Newcastle Beach |: As the saying goes…“Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.” (Quite literally!) Newcastle beach is about a mile and a half long, and the scenic views of the nearby mountains make this a popular destination for walkers. Murlough Beach and Murlough National Nature Reserve can be reached by walking in a northerly direction along the dunes. Newcastle beach is also popular for swimming, sunbathing and all kinds of other seaside recreation and can be accessed via stairs or a slipway. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the sand, but must be kept under control at all times.
Tollymore Forest |: If you would prefer to stick to forest paths and tranquil streams, you might want to explore the beauty of Tollymore Forest, with Four way marked trails of varying lengths to choose from, you will be taken on a tour of the park’s most beautiful areas. These trails follow a circular route and are sign posted from the information board in the main car park. Strong footwear is recommended.
NEWCASTLE // EAT
After a brisk walk along the promenade, a paddle in the sea, or even a challenging mountain walk, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dog friendly cafes and restaurants in the seaside resort of Newcastle.
- Harbour House Inn | 4-8 South Promenade, Newcastle | Outdoor Seating
- South Prom Brew Bar | 8 South Promenade | Dogs welcome inside
- Base coffee Co | 71 Central Promenade, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Café Crème | 139-141 Main Street, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Froth Coffee | Central Promenade, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Railway St Café | 2 Railway St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Niki’s Kitchen Café | 107 Central Promenade, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Café Nero | 115 – 117 Main St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Olive Bizarre | 67a South Promenade, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Savoy Café | 22 Main St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Shimna Diner | 2 Main St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- The Strand | 53-55 Central Promenade, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Percy French | 38A Downs Road, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Villa Vinci Restaurant | Main St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Vanilla Restaurant | 67 Main St, Newcastle | Outside Seating
- Maghera Inn | 86 Ballyloughlin Rd Newcastle | Dogs allowed in front bar
- Hugh McCanns | 119 Central Promenade, Newcastle | Dogs allowed in front bar only (*Regional winner of Dog Buddy’s Dog Friendly Pub Awards)
ROSTREVOR // EXPLORE
The nearby village of Rostrevor is well known for its Irish folklore and history and lies at the foot of Slieve Martin on the coast of Carlingford Lough, near Warrenpoint. Dander through the village with its quaint shop fronts, pubs and restaurants, explore the Fairy Glen, or venture into the local forestry with plenty of public amenities and lots of room for your canine companion to stretch their paws.
Fairy Glen |: The Fairy Glen in Rostrevor provides the start of a pleasant 6 mile circular walk with varied scenery, from gentle riverside to scenic parkland and woodland. You can access the Fairy Glen via the entrance to Kilbroney Park on Bridge Street. Dogs are allowed but must be kept under control.
Kilbroney Forest Park |: Once again, this beautiful forestry found in the Mournes, has plenty of walking routes to choose from and boasts dramatic scenes for miles around when you reach the higher paths and viewpoints.
– Cloughmore Stone: Why not take your four-legged friend to the Cloughmore Stone, a 50-ton granite boulder perched on the slopes of Slieve Martin, 1,000 feet above the village of Rostrevor, and known locally as ‘the big stone’. Local legend says that the stone was thrown by a giant from the Cooley Mountains, on the other side of Carlingford Lough. Walking around the stone seven times will allegedly bring good luck!
– Kodak Corner: If you can resist taking a photo at this popular tourist pit stop then hats off to you! With superb views and a fairly straightforward route, Kodak Corner can be found within the grounds of Kilbroney Forest Park and we promise the views are well worth the walk.
– Kilbroney Parkrun: Feeling energetic? Run, walk or jog your way around the local 5km in Kilbroney Park, taking place every Saturday morning at 10am. Dogs are more than welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times and no more than one dog per person. The three-mile loop will take you on a journey through the magical Fairy Glenn and the Narnia Trail, which pays tribute to C.S Lewis who was inspired by the Mournes to write his world famous children’s books ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.’
ROSTREVOR // EAT
- Synge & Burn | Kilbroney Forest Park, 80 Shore Rd | Outdoor Seating
- The Church | 13 Cloughmore Rd, Rostrevor | Outdoor Seating
- Rostrevor Inn | 33-35 Bridge St, Rostrevor| Dogs welcome in the front bar
There you have it, a hefty list of dog friendly places to explore, eat and drink throughout the magnificent Mournes. So what are you waiting for? Grab your pooch, pack the car, and book your visit to Kribben Cottages where you and your furry friend can enjoy a well-deserved and relaxing stay. For more information on the places mentioned in the article above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would be more than happy to help you plan your perfect getaway.