Tory Bush Cottages
79 Tullyree Road
Tory Cottages are located on the Northern slopes of the Mourne Mountains, the most famous and best walking and climbing range in Northern Ireland. We can sleep up to 46 people in 9 Self-Catering Cottages, in any combination of single or double bed, the cottages are run on strong environmental principles with 87% of our energy from Renewable Sources.
We are 600 metres from Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and its associated indoor ‘Hotrock’ climbing Wall. www.tollymore.com
There are numerous walking routes in the area many listed in.www.walkni.com/destinations/mourne-mountains/
More information on the Environment and Management of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is available at, http://www.mournelive.com
From May to September there is a Shuttle Bus service to facilitate walkers reach the heart of the Mountainshttp://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/The-Rural-Transport-Fund/
Directions to Tory Bush Cottages from Dublin
From Dublin follow N1 north to Dundalk and then the A1 to
The best way through Newry is to stay on the Newry By-pass ignoring the first turn off for the City Centre but taking the second turn off the A25 Turn-off sign posted for Newry, Camlough Downpatrick and the Train Station. On the Roundabout under the motorway, take the 3rd Exit which should be signposted for Downpatrick and follow this road for half a mile down to a major roundabout, known locally as the Five-Ways roundabout. (recognisable as having a Macdonalds and B and Q store immedately by the roundabout) Take the 4th exit for the city centre passing MacDonalds on your left and drive for 1 mile where you have to turn left at some lights onto New Street and over the canal bridge, the circular court house building will be on your right.
At the end of the bridge there are two adjacent mini-roundabouts, turn right on to the first mini-rounabout and at the second mini-roundabout please turn left onto B8 following signs for Newcastle, on your right as you make this turn should be a restaurant called the Brass Monkey.
Drive about 10 mile to village of Hilltown passing through the
smaller village of Mayobridge on the way.
At bottom of hill in Hilltown the main road sweeps left but
you turn right onto B180 following signs for Bryansford. The
B180 takes you almost to the Cottages some 7-mile from this
About one mile out of Hilltown just past a Country Pub and
Petrol Station the road forks, take the left fork, which
should be sign-posted for Bryansford and Newcastle and is
still the B180.
The road will be quite twisty and the mountains will be on
your right hand side, about 5 mile from this fork the road
will bend to the left and you will get a tremendous view
down the valley to the sea, (at night you will see a
lighthouse rotating in the distance), and you will see
forests coming into view on both sides of the road. The cottages are 600
yards or so from this point so slow down and look out for a
sign on the right hand side indicating the location of the cottages up a
little road on the left.
(there is a sign on the right for other cottages called Millar’s Close, 300 yards before you reach the Tory Bush sign)
This little road is just before the forest on the left of
the main road, there is also a car park at the junction (for
people to sit and look out over the mountains). This is
quite a steep sharp turn up past the car park.
The cottages are 300 yards up this side road on the left
hand side. Drive past the cottages and turn into driveway to
take you back into the cottage complex.
Directions from Belfast
From Belfast follow signs for Newcastle, the road is the A24
all the way.
Directions from Newcastle
Follow the signs out of town for Tollymore Forest Park,
drive past the entrance to Tollymore FP up to a T-junction in
Bryansford village, where you turn left and precede up through
the village passing a garage on the right and a shop/P.O. on
About 100m past the shop is the exit gate of Tollymore FP, built like
a Gothic Arch, continue on main road for 1 mile from this
exit gate and as you drive the wall of the Forest Park will be on the
left, the wall will end and you will see the mountains for
the first time.
About 300 m past the end of the wall there is a road on the
right hand side, at this turn there is also a sign
indicating that Tory Bush is 350 yards up this side road, (the Tullyree Road).
There is also a small car park at this junction where people
sit and look out over the mountains.
Drive up the side road about 350 yards and the cottages are
the first buildings on the left-hand side, drive past the
cottages about 50 ms and turn left and enter the cottage complex by a
If still lost phone David Maginn on 028 437 24348 or mobile 07710615020
For Sat Nav the Postcode is BT34 5LD and for those with a map O.S. Grid ref is 318 324