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Park & Ride facility for Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Retaining its status as a one of the north’s “must see” visitor attractions, Slieve Gullion Forest Park is expected to receive the customary high influx of visitors over this Easter holiday period and extending into the summer season.

To facilitate demand and maximise the opportunity for visitors to experience Slieve Gullion, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has established a Park & Ride facility, aimed at reducing problems with access and parking which have previously been an issue during holiday periods.

The park and ride service will operate from 10am to 6pm every weekend from Easter to June and daily during July and August.  The cost is £1 per person return and free for children under 3 years of age.

With the proposed introduction of a £5 admission charge to Slieve Gullion carpark, the park and ride facility will, undoubtedly, be welcomed by many potential visitors to the park.

Speaking about the service, Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane said, “The past five years have seen an investment of £1.4 million in the facilities at Slieve Gullion which has no doubt contributed to the 4 star rating for visitor attraction received from Tourism NI.”

“The Council recognises the potential of Slieve Gullion has to be one of very few 5 star visitor attractions in the north of Ireland and has identified the need for continued investment, with funding in the excess of £400,000 planned to provide a new toilet block and provision for additional parking.  Combined with Council resources, the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership are planning a range of projects which will see investment of £310,000 over the next three years that will continue to enhance the product offering at Slieve Gullion.”

Councillor Ruane revealed that a “major event” that “promises to bring Cú Chulainn to life” will be staged at Slieve Gullion later this year, as part of the Council’s vision to establish the attraction as “the premier outdoor tourism destination in Ireland”.

He also pointed out how Slieve Gullion and its resources can feature as part of school curriculum activities and said tours for schools, playgroups and youth groups can be arranged by contacting Newry Visitor Information Centre on 028 3031 3170.

The Slieve Gullion Park & Ride facility is located close to Junction 20 off the M1 motorway.  For more information contact Newry Visitor Information Centre.