This is a mountain region I am very interested in. It looks a lovely area, with proper mountain routes and scenary, judging by maps and websites. The only GI/MM I have done is Cairngaver GI/MM-017, twice, but this is actually on the outskirts of Belfast and nowhere near the rest of the Mournes! I assume it is very different in character also.
There looks to be several pairs of logical combinations of pairs - ie GI/MM-001 and GI/MM-002 - walk up the river from Newcastle, then follow the Mourne Wall either side of the col for each summit - or triples, eg MM-007, MM-008, MM-009 from either side of the road further towards the southwest of the area.
There is very little in the way of routes, tips etc in the summit infobase on here, so I would be interested in hearing some details from the GI activators on recommended routes etc. Are there any youth hostels in the area, and what are the campsites like? I hope to do a holiday here with Jimmy in the next few years.
The Mournes is the one and only 1:25000 OSNI map available in Northern Ireland. I bought it during my recent trip, but it appears to be just the same as the 1:50000, but four times bigger; no extra detail.
Interestingly, the whole of the GI/CA region (5 summits) lies very close to the West of the Mournes, and these walks look quick and easy. Therefore, a well-planned holiday could see an entire second region bagged.
Think I will put in an application for summer 2009…