Cable Car Planned for Mourne Mountains

The Donard Gondola scheme would carry visitors up into the mountains from the seaside town of Newcastle

The Gondola scheme proposal was announced in the South-East Master Plan, a tourism roadmap for the area, published by the Department for Social Development and the local councils.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said that the proposal has ‘been approved’ and the next step is to ‘issue tender documents and identify possible locations’.

It was suggested that the gondola would run from Donard Park at the foot of the mountains to Millstone Quarry or Thomas Mountain Quarry, with a timeframe of five to 10 years set for the build.

The original plan says: “To fully enjoy the Mournes the visitor must be reasonably fit, be prepared and have sufficient time to complete a trek.

“The gondola would provide a facility to enable everyone, including families with young children and disabled users, to access the Mourne Mountains.”

A cafe may also be built at the top of the cable car line.

A spokesperson for Newry, Mourne and Down Council said: “The next step for the council is to issue appropriate tender documents and appoint a company to deliver the visioning plan for Newcastle and the proposed gondola development.

“Potential locations will be identified as part of this visioning plan.”

Newcastle Councillor Willie Clarke said: “I am happy to support the proposal for a master plan for Newcastle with a focus on access into the Mournes and a chair lift to Thomas’ Quarry.”