During the 18th Century the coast around Newcastle was a favourite spot for landing contraband shipped from the Isle of Man. Brandy as well as tea, coffee, tobacco, soap and wine were all loaded onto pack ponies which then trekked from Bloody Bridge River, through the Mournes to their destination in Hilltown.
We will be following in the footsteps of the smugglers on our next walk Sunday, 19th March.
As we will be travelling by bus, places must be pre- booked, at a cost of £10.
Hilltops, history and heritage on this walk!