Silent Valley

Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.



The Silent Valley is a Mountain Park situated in the high Mournes in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty features a dam ringed by dramatic Mountain panoramas and the famous Mourne wall located in the U-shaped valley of the Kilkeel river.

Nestled between the granite peaks of Slieve Binnian and Slievenagloghy, Silent Valley has served as the principal water source for Belfast since the completion of its reservoir in 1933.

The history of the long and hazardous hours endured by the dam builders is a fascinating one, and the forklore associated with the men who worked in the compression shafts has become an integral part of the Valley’s story. An account of life during the construction of Silent Valley is on display in the information centre.

This 200 acre place to see in Co Down is a combination of mountain, moorland and woodlands making it an ideal setting for seeing a range of the nature and wildlife of Northern Ireland.

Address: Mourne Heritage Trust, 87 Central Promenade, Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0HH


2 Responses to Silent Valley

  1. We traveled from Australia to the Silent Valley, an area where my late husband would hike to from Belfast as a lad and an added bonus he said he saw a Leprechaun there one day ( no, he hadn’t been drinking and was not known to tell fibs )So we thought it fitting to lay some of his ashes in the pool there , he was a sailor all of his working life and we thought it fitting that he should be laid to rest there .It was a special day and I thought you would like to hear this story .
    Margaret

    margaret wilkinson April 11, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply
    • I really liked your story, thank you for sharing it.
      It truly is a beautiful place, your husband was quite correct.

      Gary Ross June 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm Reply

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