The Brandy Pad Smugglers Route | Mountain Ways Ireland

The Brandy Pad Smugglers Route

County Down, Northern Ireland


Hike the famous Mournes Brandy Pad, with fully qualified mountain leaders and tour guides from the team at Mountain Ways Ireland. Trace this beautiful old Smuggling route through the heart of The High Mournes and hear about the fascinating story of how men with “hands like shovels” built all 22 miles of the Mourne wall.

The Brandy Pad was used as a route for smugglers evading coast guards and revenue men. Smuggled goods were often transported on pack ponies via this high mountain route. Mountain Ways Ireland will guide you along this old historic route through the majestic high Mournes. Listen to the stories of the smugglers and the men who built the mighty Mourne wall.

We will have stunning views of the isolated Annalong valley, Ben Crom reservoir high in the amphitheatre of the Kilkeel river valley before dropping through the saddle known as Hares Gap towards the lovely Meelmore lodge restaurant and coffee house.

A great medium days hiking through the heart of the High Mournes.

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12.5 km
Full day (approximately 6 - 7 hours hiking)
All Year Round
The Brandy Pad Smugglers Route

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