Kilkeel is the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mourne. It is a lively bustling town that offers a friendly welcome and lots of independent boutiques and gift shops. Kilkeel is also home to Northern Ireland’s largest fishing fleet. You will enjoy a walk around the harbour and along Kilkeel beach. It is ideally located to explore the scenic beauty of the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the picturesque coastline along the Irish Sea and the stunning beauty of Carlingford Lough.
There has been a settlement in Kilkeel from ancient times, with many raths and dolmens found in the area. The Mournes are famed for their granite which was exported to England and paved the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and further afield. The local people have farmed the area for centuries and have created the patchwork of fields, and dry stone walls which are unique to the area.
Many left these shores looking to follow their dream over the centuries. They left from Greencastle Pier and sailed across Carlingford Lough to Greenore, caught a sailing boat across to Liverpool and sailed on to America, Canada, Australia & New Zealand.
There is a wealth of history and heritage, myths and legends, places to visit and activities to enjoy including, walking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking trails at nearby Rostrevor, deep sea angling, golf, horse riding, swimming, and learning to cook at the Mourne Seafood Cookery School.
Call into the Visitor Information Centre and visit the FREE Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre, Mourne Seafood Cookery School and the Tracing Your Mourne Roots Exhibition of life in Mourne from 1800 to present.
There is a wide range of accommodation available locally, from 3 star hotel, Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-catering cottages, caravan and camping sites, and hostels.