Be Active In Crossmaglen!

From walking to watersports, quad-biking to fishing, golfing to zip-lining there is something close by for you!


Lough Muckno Peace Park, Castleblayney

Situated just a 15 minute drive from The Cross Square Hotel, Lough Muckno offers a wide range of events, including water events, hiking, hill walking or just a casual walk.

Click here to download the Muckno Peace Park Brochure

Lough Muckno is surrounded by the unspoiled picturesque Co. Monaghan countryside in which anglers can experience and enjoy some of best pike angling in Ireland. The quality of pike angling available on Lough Muckno draws anglers from all over the world to fish this prolific water. It is an ideal venue for expert and novice anglers and there are a number of family friendly areas where can families can fish together or enjoy the many other outdoor activities that are available on the Lough.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

The famous Slieve Gullion forest park & mountain is located approx. 10/15 Minute drive from The Cross Square Hotel. Slieve Gullion offers a wide range of facilities on its premises, such as the Giants Lair and Adventure Park, picturesque views extending over the lough of Carlingford, Co Louth, the ring of gullion, South Armagh and the extended area.

Click on the Link to see the stunning views.

Walking in The Ring of Gullion

There are many scenic walking routes, for all ages and abilities in the Ring of Gullion and surrounding areas.  There are challenging landscape and relaxing road routes available throughout the area with plenty of points of interest along the way.  

The Poets Trail

The Poets trail is a collection of walking/cycling routes covering Creggan, Mullaghbane and Forkhill.  The Poets Trail is a moderate road walking route along some main and quieter back roads.  Each route passes a number of points of interest and cultural heritage including Creggan Churchyard,   Ballykeel Dolmen and sites relevant to various South Armagh Poets.  

The routes that make up the Poets Trail are:

Creggan Loop - 8 miles of quiet country roads taking the Poets Glen.

Urney Loop - 6 miles of unsurfaced lanes and public roads passing the Urney Graveyard.

O'Neill Loop - Flat & inclined public roads.  Route features Creggan Graveyard. 

Ballykeel Loop - 8 mile route on public roads visiting Ballykeel Dolmen.

Other Walking Routes in the Ring of Gullion

Slieve Gullion - A 9.5 mile mountain walk exploring the Slieve Gullion area passing a chambered grave and Killeavy Castle.

The Ring of Gullion Way - 36 Mile walk starting in Newry, circling round the Ring of Gullion and returning to Newry via Bessbrook. 

Further Information

More information about all of the walking routes in the Ring of Gullion and surrounding areas can be found on Visit Newry & Mourne and The Cross Square Hotel provides great accommodation for walkers visiting the Ring of Gullion


Several water sports related clubs and events exist in the Ring of Gullion mainly concentrated around Camlough Lake, a large disused reservoir, located just outside the village of Camlough.

In 2009 the lake was the scene of a world record attempt for the longest distance swimming in relay in open water.  200 swimmers converged on the lake and swam a total of 425.48 miles. Since the achievement of the world record Camlough Lake has hosted many water sports events.

Camlough Lake Water Festival

The Camlough Lake Water Festival committee promote water based sporting activities in and around Camlough Lake and Carlingford Lough for the purposes of fun and competition.

Various activities and events are arranged by CLWF.  Details of upcoming events can be seen on Camlough Lake Water Festival Website.

Crooked Lake Triathlon

The Crooked Lake Triathlon attracts hundreds of competitors from all over Ireland and the UK and has grown steadily since the first event in 2002.  The event is held in June every year and The cross Square hotel, conveniently located close to the event, offers accommodation to all visiting competitors.

Official event dates and information are announced on the Crooked Lake Triathlon Website and Facebook Page.

Camlough Canoeing & Kayaking Club

Canoeing and Kayaking lessons are held on Camlough Lake during midweek evenings and at weekends by the Camlough Canoeing & Kayaking Club.

Lessons are available to individuals and groups alike.

Irish County Quads

(15 Minute drive from The Cross Square Hotel) Enjoy a tour riding on an all-terrain vehicle on specially designed courses - underground tunnel, overhead bridges, water splash drive & tight corners!
Also Archery, Clay Pigeon shooting, Shuffle Board, action target  - Group or individual packages
Tel: + 353 (0)42 9378997

GR8 Entertainment

(15 minute drive from The Cross Square Hotel) This entertainment centre has Ten pin bowling - Kids soft play area - Mega play frames - indoor astro turf pitch - Formula 1 racing - pool & games
Tel: +353 (0)42 9749955

Gullion Adventures

Services Offered

Gullion Adventures are experienced in providing outdoor pursuits activities to all kinds of groups from hen's, stag's, youth and corporate sports teams etc we will always do our best to facilitate the needs of the group.

Our staff are full of enthusiasm and are more than happy to help whatever the question .

From Slieve Gullion to the Mourne Mountains and the Cooleys. These outstanding areas offer us great opportunities for all our activities.

The Ring of Gullion and Slieve Gullion, in particular, have rich association with irish legends and myths, in one tale, Finn McCool was bewitched by Miluchra on the summit of Slieve Gullion at the Lough of the Calliagh Bhirra. To this day the superstition survives that if you bathe in the lough your hair will turn white. The Ring of Gullion is the jewel in the crown of south Armagh and has been hidden away for a lifetime from tourism. 


Team Building

Problem Solving exercises

Raft Building



Rock Climbing



Gorge Walking




Stand up Paddle Boarding


Adventure Walks

Hill walking


Mountain Biking; Kilbroney Tollymore Castlewellan etc

Leave No Trace

Camp Craft

Bush Craft

Qualified and experienced instructors

£5m Public liability insurance

Child protection

Individually written programmes

We also do accreditation programme in canoeing for people aiming to go that bit further in the outdoors.

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Carrigans Lake - Silverbridge

Distance from The Cross square Hotel: 4 miles.

Type of fish: Trout.

Rod licence required: Yes. Day permits available.

Cashel Upper & Lower - Silverbridge

Distance from The Cross square Hotel: 4.5 miles.

Type of fish: Trout.

Rod licence required: Yes. Day permits available.

Loughross - Crossmaglen

Distance from The Cross Square Hotel: 1.5 miles.

Type of fish: Pike, Perch, Eel.

Rod licence required: Yes. No permit required. No bag limit.

Kiltybane Lake - Cullyhanna

Distance from Cross Square Hotel: 5.2 miles.

Type of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

Rod licence required: Yes. Day permits available. Bag limit of 3 per day.

Lough Muckno - Castleblaney

Distance from The Cross Square Hotel: 7 miles.

Type of fish: Bream, Rudd, Roach, Tench, Perch & Pike.

Rod licence required: Yes.

Camlough Lake - Camlough

Distance from The Cross Square Hotel: 12 miles.

Type of fish: Pike, Bream, Roach, Perch.

Rod licence required: Yes.

Cycling Holidays

South Armagh is fast becoming a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts.  The beautiful terrain and abundance of long sweeping roads and great mountain trails makes the area ideal for road cycling and mountain biking. The 2014 visit by the Giro d'Italia firmly identifies South Armagh as a great cycling holiday destination.

The Cross Square Hotel is central to many great cycling routes making it an ideal place to stay during your cycling holiday in the area. 

Cycling Routes in South Armagh

Below are links to popular cycling routes in the area provided by

Crossmaglen Cycling Route

Poets Trail: O'Neill Loop

Poets Trail: Ballykeel Loop

Newry to Slieve Gullion Courtyard

Horse Racing & Equestrian

The Cross Square Hotel is located 20 mins drive away from Dundalk Stadium which hosts midweek and weekend horse and greyhound racing events.  Voted Racecourse of the year iin 2013, Dundalk Stadium has many facilities and is a great venue for a night out.

More information about upcoming events and the latest horse and greyhound racing fixtures and be found on the Dundalk Stadium website. 

Pony Trekking

Pony trekking excursions are available from Greenvale Equestrian Centre which is located approximately 10 mile from Crossmaglen.  Go pony trekking through the Ring of Gullion and enjoy the South Armagh landscape on horseback, a truly unique experience.

Show Jumping

The Kernan Equestrian Centre is owned and run by James Kernan, former international and Olympic show jumper.  Kernan Equestrian Centre comprises of two arenas, one indoor and one outdoor.

The centre hosts a variety of equestrian services and events including Show Jumping, Riding Lessons, Competitions and Novelty Events.  Kernan Equestrian is located 0.2 miles from The Cross Square Hotel.  Upcoming events can be viewed on the Kernan Equestrian website.

Historical & Cultural Interests

South Armagh and The Ring of Gullion are steeped in archaeological, historical and cultural heritage.  There are many tales, myths and legends associated with the area and the best way to learn about these and experience the beautiful landscape and landmarks is to embark on a tour with a local tour guide.  

There are several tours operating on the area.

Political Tours

Cú Chulainn Tours proivide a range of study and leisure tours. The political tours encourage reflection on the conflict, engagement among those of opposing views and stimulate cross community contact.

Their unique tours are delivered by former political prisoners who will weave their personal account of the British/Irish conflict into the wider history of this centuries old conflict. Cú Chulainn Tours welcome everyone onto their tours.

More information can be seen on the Cú Chulainn Tours website.

Historical Tours

Ring of Gullion Tours offer coach tours which focus on historical and archaeological sites located in the Ring of Gullion area.

Ring of Gullion Tours can be contacted via

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre

Located just a 10 minute drive from The Cross Square Hotel, The Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre houses exhibitions on local history and on Kavanagh, a sixty-seat Audio- Visual Theatre, and a Research Library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh’s epic poem “The Great Hunger”, a miniature model depicting Kavanagh’s classic, “A Christmas Childhood”, Kavanagh’s Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet.

The special feature of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the unique performance tour of Kavanagh Country, which takes in many local sites immortalised by Inniskeen’s most famous son, with anecdotes, historical facts, wild rumours and even the odd poem along the way.


The Cross Square Hotel is located centrally to a number of golf courses for all skill levels in County Armagh, Louth, Monaghan & Down.  Five great courses are located within a 15 mile radius of the hotel.

Golf Weekend Packages

We can provide planned golfing holidays for individuals through to full golf societies.  Thinking of planning a golfing trip in Ireland?  We can:

- Provide accommodation for up to 37 golfers

- Arrange bookings for the golf courses of your choice

- Provide return transport to the golf course

- Local Golf Courses  

Some of the courses close to The Cross Square Hotel are:


Ashfield Golf Club Co. Armagh - [4 miles - 8min drive]

Established in 1990, Ashfield Golf Club is a 5606 yard, par 69 parkland course situated beside the village of Cullyhanna.


Cloverhill Golf Club Co. Armagh - [10 mile - 15min drive]

Located in Mullabawn it is an established 18 hole course with stunning views of Slieve Gullion and the surrounding area. This course offers a selection of narrow, dogleg fairways, difficult greens, water hazards and sand traps.


Concra Wood Golf Club Co. Monaghan - [11 miles - 15min drive]

Concra Wood is an 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course situated in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.  The course sits beside Lough Muckno and is a challenging and scenic course


Ballymascanlon Golf Club Co. Louth - [14 miles - 22min drive]

Located in the grounds of Ballymascanlon House this mature course is well known throughout Ireland and was designed by the internationally renowned Craddock & Ruddy.  Set in the Cooley peninsula this course is difficult yet rewarding.


Dundalk Golf Club Co. Louth - [12.00 miles - 23min drive]

A premier parkland golf club close to the village of Blackrock, Co Louth.  Founded in 1905 the club is steeped in history.  The course is an 18 hole par 72 championship course measuring 6826 yards and regularly hosts national and international championships.  Since 1987 Dundalk Golf Club has been the home of the PGA in Ireland.