We have a great return trade now offering 8 bedrooms all en-suite with extras as standard. We offer 4 rooms with panoramic views of Dundrum Bay.
The food on offer is of a high standard using local butchers, local vegetable allotments, local fishmongers and even our till rolls are bought from local merchants.
The food has imagination and creativity and changes as the seasons do. We like to keep the ol’ regulars on the menu as they are so fondly liked by locals and customers who visit us.
We offer discounted meals and deals with local charity cinemas, theatres, outdoor pursuit centre’s taxis firms and seaweed baths. We believe in returning custom to those that bring it to us.
The seaside setting offers an unbelievable backdrop that you could gaze at all day. We hold tea and coffee for the local swimmers on various occasions and we always have hot water bottles and blankets on the ready for anyone wishing to have a dip in the Irish Sea.
The Granite Trail to Thomas’s Quarry is just over 1,100 metres long but because of the steep rise, you should allow approximately one and a half hours to complete this stage.
An optional return route from the Quarry of approximately 4 kilometres via Donard Wood and Glen River Track to the north of the Quarry is available and will take between two to three hours.
Along the route of the trail, there are stunning views over Dundrum bay and its harbour. Additionally, there are artefacts relating to the quarrying of granite on the mournes such as ‘slipes’, ‘bogies’ and ‘shoddy huts’, as well as information panels explaining more about the route.
A viewpoint just in front of Thomas’s Quarry offers spectacular views of Newcastle and Dundrum Bay. On a clear day, walkers will have the opportunity to see as far as the Isle of Man, Scrabo Tower, St John’s Lighthouse, Slieve Croob and the town of Castlewellan.
I am often asked which are the easiest paths on the mountain to use and the simple answer to that is there are not many easy paths when you are ascending a mountain but if I was pushed to answer I would walk south along the king street until you reach a row of houses above you on the right called Delarey Terrace with steep steps leading the their front doors, continue to walk past them for a nice easy stroll just walk straight ahead along the mountain path southwards or alternately turn right directly after the row of houses and you will find many path’s zigzagging up down and across leaving the decision to you which route to take, there are marker posts showing in colours how hard or easy each path is, good luck and enjoy.
In the past 5 years, the business has been run by the next generation, Frank & Brenda’s son and daughter, Darragh Connolly and Frances Monteith. We are now at the start of our journey and hope we can deliver first class accommodation and meet the needs of our diverse customer base.