Wild Camp Spots

Use the menu to select from a list of popular Mournes wilcamping spots.

Wild Camping in Northern Ireland

Please remember that Northern Ireland doesn’t legally allow wildcamping in any way and all you are entirely at the mercy of the person or body that owns the land you are considering staying on. The Northern Ireland Forestry Service own most forests and they expressly ban camping except at designated organised campsites. The wildcamp spots listed on this site are areas know to be popular and where no authority has yet complained officially about campers (to our knowledge), however you should check before using them.

Leave No Trace Camping

Please remember that wild camping spots will have no bins or toilets and no-one will be officially responsible for maintenance. You must leave the area tidy and carry all your rubbish home. Leaving the spots in a mess will ultimately result in more strenuous policing.

See here for more info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leave_no_trace


Please be careful if lighting a fire, do not make stone circles (but use if already there), instead learn how to make a safe fire. Make sure fires are monitored at all times and complete extinguished before leaving. Once a fire is out all traces should be removed.

See here for more info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campfire

7 Responses to Wild Camp Spots

  1. Andrew Wright says:

    I am looking for somewhere to set up a camping trip, we are all genuine enough and all litter will be lifted and no mess will be created, where are the best places to go in the Mourne Mountains near Newcastle, County Down

  2. Cameron says:

    Interested in camping co. Louth and N Ireland. I am a Resident of co. Meath and experienced camper that respects nature and other campers. Any advice and knowledge will be most appreciated.

  3. david campbell says:

    Just lookin peaceful lonely spots to be quiet and ground my self in a forest

  4. arlene wallace says:

    as a shamanic practitioner I was wondering if I could hold a vision quest somewhere where i could keep a fire lit all night, the fire would be guarded at all times and before i left in the morning I would make sure it was fully extinguished. Thank you for your time, Arlene

  5. Jakob says:

    AGGRESSIVE FOX at Shelter Stone, north shore of Ben Crom Reservoir: I spent last night in my tent on the grassy bit on the northern shore of Ben Crom Reservoir, below the Shelter Stones. At 2am a fox came into the vestibule of my tent and started dragging out everything he could find, even flip-flops. Since there was no food in the vestibule, it then started to tear its way into the inner tent. I got out and chased it away. It returned five times during the night. I ended up standing guard the hole night until dawn, when I packed up my things and got out of there. If you want to camp at that spot, I highly recommend you get a bear canister or something similar to protect your food and that you don’t keep it inside your tent. I was downwind from the fox’s layer and yet he was obviously attracted by the scent. Best of luck!

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