Vote for the Mournes in ‘Best View’ poll

By ELEANOR MCGILLIE 21 December, 2015

Live It Experience It is urging people across Northern Ireland to vote for the Mourne Mountains range which has been shortlisted for The Countryman magazine’s ‘Best View’. Competing against other famous swells of countryside ranging from the Scottish Highlands, the Welsh mountains and valleys and stunning beaches, the Mournes range is the only Northern Ireland tourism location shortlisted.

‘Live It Experience It’, a cluster of tourism businesses working together to promote Northern Ireland through water and land based activities, food and drink and great places to stay, is urging people to vote for our rugged Mournes in the magazine’s poll.

Eleanor McGillie, director of Live It Experience It, said no matter if you have climbed our highest peak at Slieve Donard at 853m, or Meelmore at 704m, the views from the Mournes are stunning.

She said: “Situated on our east coast, hikers, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers all enjoy our famous peaks. To have such a stunning location on our own doorstep is fantastic but to be able to welcome tourists here to experience the Mournes is wonderful.

“The views from the summit of Donard are breathtaking. On a clear day, hikers can see the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland and of course the beautiful stretch of Newcastle Beach. With stone walls, wildlife and of course the elements, the views from the top make the climb so worthwhile.

“But nestled in the Mournes and in surrounding towns there are so many tourism businesses in County Down which could certainly benefit from the Mourne Mountains being the chosen ‘Best View’.

“But the Mournes are up against still competition – namely the world famous Jurassic Coast in Dorset, the Isle of Skye, Snowdonia and also the Malvern Hills to name a few. So take a few seconds and vote.”

Voting closes on December 31 and the results will be announced in the March 2016 issue of The Countryman.

People can vote online at, on Facebook countryman.magazine, Twitter: @Countrymaned, or by post to Britain’s Best View, The Countryman, The Water Mill, Broughton Hall, Skipton BD23 3AG.


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Eleanor McGillie

About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps. Eleanor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at Associate Level