Famine Wall

County Armagh, Northern Ireland


Join our guides for a fascinating walk visiting the Famine Walls on Armagh’s highest mountain, Slieve Gullion. 

The Great famine of 1845 was an event that shaped Irish history and still has a deep impact on the Irish Psyche to this day.

After three devastating years of failed potato crops, the people were starving by the roadsides.

In a controversial attempt to help some of the starving and destitute, the government responded by purchasing meal which people could buy by earning a small wage through a public works programme that involved the building of walls, roads, etc. 

Slieve Gullion’s wall was one such scheme. Mountain Ways Ireland will guide you as we trace the famine walls which mark some of the townland boundaries of this area.

Like every national historical event, if you think about it from a local perspective and understand the impact that it had at a grassroots level then you will understand the broader picture.

The walk continues to reach the highest surviving Neolithic passage tomb in Ireland. Visit the magical Mountain top lake and listen to the stories of the famous Caillaigh Beara, the old witch who inhabited the mountain deep in Ireland’s ancient past. 


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Book Your Adventure

Mountain Ways Ireland Booking Process

  • We advise you to contact us in advance by email: info@mountainwaysireland.com to book on to one of our guided walking tours, tailor-made tours or mountain skills courses.
  • Based on your requirements we will quote you a price.
  • A deposit amount will be agreed depending on the number and size of the tour/group etc.
  • A payment request with online card facility will be sent to you.
  • If a booking is made within 8 weeks of the start date, then payment in full is required.
  • Please note that all booking deposits are non-refundable.
  • Your deposit will only be refunded if we cannot secure your booking.
  • When we receive your deposit, we will begin to make the necessary arrangements for your selected tour, and only then will your booking be confirmed.
  • As soon as we have secured your reservations, we will send you a reminder of the outstanding balance and due date for payment.
  • If applicable your information/travel pack will be created and posted to your home address or the first B & B that you will be staying in.
  • Please make sure that you have adequate insurance for your trip.
  • All other Terms & Conditions apply.
Get In Touch
Full day (approximately 5- 6 hours hiking)
All Year Round
Guided Hike
Famine Wall

Sign up to our Newsletter!

Full of tips and pointers. Everything from history, heritage, culture and of course walking advice.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.