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Cloughmore (Cloch Mor) is Irish for big stone, and this 30-ton granite rock is just that! Perched on the slopes of Slievemartin, 1000ft above the picturesque village of Rostrevor, it was deposited there by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age.

However, local legend tells a different tale of the giant stone being tossed across Carlingford Lough from the Cooley mountains opposite during a fight between the legendary Irish giant Finn McCool and his archrival Ruscaire, the Ice Giant.

If you are in the Rostrevor area the effort expended to get to it is well rewarded, from the stones location there are magnificent views across Carlingford Lough to The Cooley Mountains in County Louth. Looking south you can see the historic town of Carlingford where King John built a castle in the early 1200's beyond across Dundalk Bay you can see the Wicklow Mountains.

Kilbroney is located just outside Rostrevor. If you are coming from Newry on the coastal A2 road, go through the town and on the edge of it on the east, north-east you will see a turning to the left and the relevant sign.

If you are coming from the opposite direction, from Kilkeel on the A2, just before you reach the town centre you will see the sign for the park go past the first carpark and follow the signs for the mountain carpark, there follows a steep climb to this carpark.

From here you must proceed on foot for about one mile, parts of this trail are quite steep but there is a seat situated a little past half way where you can take a rest.

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