Nestled in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, Kribben Cottages are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, offering countless walks and adventures for you and your family to enjoy during your stay. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite family walks within a short drive of Kribben, which means you can enjoy everything Mourne has to offer, helping you make as many memories as possible, without wasting any precious vacation time.

With so many choices for wonderful walks and scenic strolls, the easy part of your stay will be settling in and enjoying our cosy accommodation, the hard part, will be deciding what to do and where to go first! With that in mind, we recommend putting the kettle on, treating yourself to a cuppa and taking a moment to read the information below to discover some of our favourite family walks in the local area and help you plan your stay.

Annalong Harbour Walk

Distance: Approx: 10k | Transport: Walk from Kribben Cottages

With views from sea to summit, it’s almost impossible to visit Kribben Cottages without a visit to Annalong Harbour and a venture round the village and its rugged coastline. A small tidal harbour used by local fishing boats, Annalong Harbour has historically been the heart of the community in Annalong. The picturesque fishing village is only a short walk from Kribben Cottages, with stunning coastal and mountainous scenery it offers itself as an idyllic and peaceful haven. One of the best ways to explore Annalong and the scenic views it offers is to explore our Harbour Walk.

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Forest Parks

  • Silent Valley | Distance from Kribben: (3.3 miles)

  • Kilbroney Forest Park | Distance from Kribben: (8 miles)

  • Tollymore Forest Park | Distance from Kribben: (10 miles)

  • Castlewellan Forest Park | Distance from Kribben: (13 miles)

With so many fantastic forest parks and wonderful nature walks on offer we couldn’t pick just one! So we’ve compiled a rough guide on four of the forest parks nearby and what’s on offer for you and your family

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Ben Crom Reservoir

Distance: Approx: 10km | Transport: A short drive from Kribben Cottages (3.3 miles)

A firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, the walk along the tarmac road in the Silent Valley to the magnificent Ben Crom Dam is one not to be missed. Only a short drive from the entrance of Kribben Cottages, the walk to the ‘top dam’ as it’s known locally, allows you to walk amongst the grandeur of the mountains and marvel at their sheer height and scale without the difficulty of climbing them. Mountains such as Slieve Binnian and Slievenaglough shelter you on either side as you walk along the flat and winding tarmac path and you have the option of walking the steps onto the breast of the dam wall to overlook the reservoir and admire the panoramic views of the valley.

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Knockcree Mountain

Distance: Approx 4 miles | Transport: A short drive from Kribben Cottages (2.6 miles)

Sitting at 306m, Knockcree is an isolated hill offering beautiful views from the fishing and farming community of Kilkeel and as far as Cranfield Point, Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains. The walk itself is easily accessible from the top of Ballymageogh Road just outside Kilkeel or from the village of Attical if you’ve ventured from the Head Road in Annalong. A gradual climb with wide trail paths, it may not be a mountain in the official sense but when little feet manage to get to the top they feel like they’ve climbed the tallest mountain in the world! So, what are you waiting for… pack a picnic, grab the family and head for this very little but scenic hilltop.

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Cranfield/Greencastle Beach

Distance: Approx 4 miles | Transport: A 20-minute drive from Kribben Cottages (11 miles)

The fifth and final recommendation for family walks near Kribben Cottages would have to include a dander along Cranfield and Greencastle Beach. Gather you family and go to the beach where you’ll stretch those legs across miles of stunning coastline from Cranfield all the way to Greencastle Pier and back again.

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For more information on booking accommodation at Kribben Cottages, or walks in the local area, please email us on and we’ll be happy to help.