They've got to rank as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Percy French's song comes to mind ... "Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea". There's a sculpture of him in the Percy French restaurant in Newcastle.
Eliot enjoyed the whole experience and takes a rest on the steps up to the Slieve Donard hotel.
Just a few miles out of Kilkeel is Crocknafeola ... the Mountain of the Meat .... and here there are smells and trails to excite any dog ... and Eliot certainly follows his nose all over the place!
At Hanna's Close he was left in the car while I took a look around at the well kept area around the traditional houses.
It is all very neat and tidy ... though the road to get there sometimes leaves a bit to be desired! The ruts are deep and the potholes many ... after the rains we've had ... the car came out a bit of a mess!
However, it was worth taking a look around and reading some of the information available about the house and the Clan Hanna.
These ditches have been standing for a long time ... typical of the area. There's a great skill in getting the stones to fit so well that you don't need to use any small pieces to plug the gaps.