Granite Hike is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newcastle, NIR that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland, the Granite Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne. Differing natural habitats can be enjoyed as you walk through coniferous forest and mature woodland beside mountain streams and rivers. You'll reach an overlook at the top with a lovely view down on Newcastle and of the Mourne Mountains. Worth adventuring around on some of the roads up there for some more views before heading back down. At the top of Donard Wood and over the stile, follow the path right past Millstone Mountain Quarry and onto the viewpoint near Thomas Mountain Quarry. From here proceed into Donard Wood until reaching a bridge on the Glen River, cross the bridge and head downhill to another bridge. Cross the 2nd bridge and proceed downhill on the right hand side of the river until reaching a 3rd bridge. At this bridge track right through Annesley Demesne. The path continues through the woodland before coming out at the road opposite a school. Turn right, passing the Gate Lodge and continue along King Street. After approx. 200m turn left down Bath Lane following the steep steps down towards the sea. On reaching the Main Rd once more, cross the road and turn right following the footpath along the sea wall. A short 400m walk takes you back to the start.
Absolutely beautiful hike up into the Mournes without being too strenuous! Great views in every direction. One of my favorite parts of my trip to Northern Ireland! Highly recommend!