Slieve Donard is the highest peak in the Mountains of Mourne at 850 metres (2789 feet). It was named after St Donard who was appointed a guardian of the mountain by St Patrick. On a clear day the views are breathtaking across to the Isle of Man and to Donegal, Wicklow, Wales and even Scotland. The track is mainly forest and path and is a tough but rewarding climb to the top.
Cars can be left in Donard Park and a path taken towards the mountain following the Glen River until a bridge crossing when you cross to the other side of the bank. The journey continues upwards through the trees of birch and Scots Pine towards the mountain until the path changes to rough track. Fog can descend very quickly here and it is advisable to walk with someone who knows the area well the first time you climb the mountain. The river is followed for another 2 kilometers aiming for the saddle between Donard and Commedagh.