The Rural Transport Fund

The Rural Transport Fund scheme is administered by the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and supports Translink (Ulsterbus) to provide rural bus services in Northern Ireland, including 5 Rambler services bringing people closer together in your area.
Getting involved is easy!
Enjoy some of the most varied and interesting scenery in the country. Chose a rambler service below to find out more.
Mourne Rambler
The Mournes, the inspiration  for C.S. Lewis’ Kingdom of Narnia
Mourne Rammbler operates during summer only (6 May - 1 September).

The granite peaks of the Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic in Northern Ireland
Mourne - Attractions
• Newcastle Beach and Promenade
• Silent Valley Mountain Park
• The Mourne Wall
• Tollymore Forest Park
• Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
• Spelga Dam
• Hare's Gap
• Royal Co. Down Golf Club, Newcastle
The Mourne Mountains are an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' dominated by a compact ring of 12 mountains with 6 peaks over 600m with Slieve Donard being the highest at 853m! The area actually provided the inspiration for CS Lewis to write the Chronicles of Naria.

The Mourne Mountains and the surrounding areas are the perfect setting for any outdoor adventurers.
Mourne - Useful Information
• The Mourne Lodge, Attical
(www.themournelodge.com)
• Cornmill Quay Hostel, Annalong
(028 4377 0714)
• Glenada Y.M.C.A., Newcastle
(www.glenada.co.uk)
• Meelmore Lodge, Bryansford
(www.meelmorelodge.co.uk)
• The Rock Amenity Area, Bryansford
(028 4377 8932)
• Tollymore National Outdoor Centre,
(www.tollymore.com)
• Tory Bush Cottages, Bryansford
(www.torybush.com)
• Mourne Cycle Tours
(028 4372 4348)
Mourne - Day Trips
• Services 17/17a/240 are available from Newcastle to Castlewellan Forest Park, with its Castle and lake.  If you enjoy Tollymore Forest Park this is another option for woodland walking in the area.

• To see what's on offer further afield, Service 26B operates from Newcastle to Lisburn and Sprucefield Shopping Centre, with stops in Seaforde and Ballynahinch.  Service 20 is also available for Belfast.

• Explore other areas of the South East Coast, visit Kilkeel and Cranfield Beach with the 407 Kilkeel Rambler. Service 39 is also available for Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Newry.

• Service 17/17a also serves Downpatrick. Visit the St Patrick's Centre, the Down County Museum, the Down Arts Centre and the Downpatrick and Co. Down Railway.
Kilkeel Rambler
Kilkeel, Seafood Capital of the Mournes
Killkeel Rammbler operates all year round.

Kilkeel, the seafood capital of the Mournes
Kilkeel - Attractions
• Beachcomber Café (Cranfield West)
• Cranfield Blue Flag Beach & Coastal Walk
• Gamekeepers Lodge Equestrian Centre
• Greencastle Castle
• Kilkeel Harbour
• Kilkeel Nautilus Centre
• Silent Valley Mountain Park
Located within the Kingdom of the Mournes is the fishing port town of Kilkeel. Kilkeel boasts a harbour full of sights and sounds with a stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains.

The Blue Flag beach of Cranfield is a popular family seaside location with numerous caravan parks and a spectacular coastline.
Kilkeel - Useful Information
• The Mourne Lodge, Attical
(www.themournelodge.com)
• Chestnutt Holiday Park
(www.chestnuttholidayparks.com)
• Cornmill Quay Hostel
(028 4377 0714)
• Cranfield Caravan Park
(www.cranfieldcaravanpark.co.uk)
• KMB Ballinran Mourne Centre
(028 4176 5727)
• Sandilands Holiday Park
(www.chestnuttholidayparks.com)

Kilkeel - Day Trips
• Walk along Cranfield beach to Greencastle Royal Castle at the entrance to Carlingford Lough (approx. 5 miles). Visit Mourne Seafood Cookery School at Kilkeel Harbour and go shopping in Kilkeel Town Centre.

• Service 39 from Kilkeel to Newry follows the scenic route to Warrenpoint and Rostrevor. Bus connections are also available to Newcastle.

• Fishing, water sports and golfing activities are widely available throughout the South East coast. For further information, contact Kilkeel Tourist Information Centre. Tel 028 4176 2525
View Kilkeel Route Map Journey Planner Download a Booklet
Sperrin Rambler
The largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland
Sperrin Rambler operates all year round.

Undisturbed by time the Sperrins are the Largest and Least explored Mountain Range in Northern Ireland.
Sperrin - Attractions
• An Creagan Visitor Centre, An Creggán
• Bellaghy Bawn, Bellaghy
• Gortin Glen Forest Park & Lakes
• Springhill House, Moneymore
• Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
• Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
• Dún Uladh, Killyclogher
• Beaghmore Stones, Cookstown
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the heather clad heights of the Sperrins encompasses a landscape of magical contrasts, creating the perfect environment for the avid outdoor enthusiast and a hideaway treat for those seeking solitude.
Sperrin - Useful Information
• Glenelly Cottages, Plumbridge
(www.glenellycottages.co.uk)
• Gortin Accomodation Suite & Activity Centre
(www.gortin.net)
• Kilcronaghan Activity Centre, Tobermore
(www.kilcronaghan.co.uk)
• The Shepherd's Rest Campervan & Campsite
(www.shepherdsrestpub.com)

Sperrin - Day Trips
• For those interested in finding out about local history visit the Ulster American Folk Park, just outside Omagh which follows the story of Irish emigration. Also next door is the Mellon Fun Farm. Express Service 273 from Omagh stops on request outside the main gates to the Folk Park.

• There are a number of walking tours in the Magherafelt District, including the Magherafelt Highway to Health (www.magherafelt.gov.uk).

• Gortin Glen Forest Park provides a gateway to the Sperrin Mountains and Gortin Lakes. Stroll along nature trails and enjoy the views of the superb landscape (www.nidirect.gov.uk/forests)
View Sperrin Route Map Journey Planner Download a Booklet
Bus Rambler
Causeway Rambler
One of Europes most scenic and breathtaking locations the Causeway Coast.

Causeway Rambler operates from from 17 April – 28 September 2014.

The Causeway Coast offers majestic landscapes steeped in Myths and Legends.

Causeway - Attractions
• Giant's Causeway
• Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
• Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Heritage Railway
• The Old Bushmills' Distillery
• Dunluce Castle
• Dunserverick Castle
• Portbradden
• White Park Bay
• White Rocks
• Coleraine
• Portrush
One of Europe's most scenic and breathtaking landscapes the Causeway Coast is one of eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland. Majestic cliffs overlook the golden sands that merge into fishing villages and silent glens creating a rich natural tapestry which man has interwoven with history, heritage, culture and Myth.

Starting from the Dunluce Castle through the fishing village of Portballintrae ending at the unique world renowned Giants Causeway this walk was voted third in the top ten best British coastal walks, as featured in 'The Independent'. Combined with Public Transport it is a great way to fully appreciate the North Coast.
Causeway - Causeway Information Information
• Ballyness Caravan Park
(www.ballynesscaravanpark.com)
• Bush Caravan Park
(www.bushcaravanpark.co.uk)
• Mill Rest Youth Hostel
(www.hini.org.uk)
• Sheep Island View Hostel
(www.sheepislandview.com)
• Whitepark Bay Hostel
(www.hini.org.uk)
• Portrush Holiday Hostel
(www.portrushholidayhostel.co.uk)
Causeway - Day Trips
• Service 172 is a great way to enjoy the scenic coastline to Ballycastle, with stops at Portballintrae, Bushmills, Giant's Causeway and Ballintoy. This service operates from Coleraine, Monday to Sunday.

• Ballycastle Town Service 331 is also available Monday to Friday for those who want to go shopping or see what else is on offer in the area.
Slieve Gullion Rambler
an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Slieve Gullion Rambler operates during summer only (2 July - 29 September).

Slieve Gullion has something for everyone.
Slieve Gullion - Attractions
• Slieve Gullion North Cairn, South Cairn and Passage Tomb (The Cailleach Beara House)
• Slieve Gullion Forest Adventure Park and Courtyard
• Killeavy Castle
• Killeavy Churches
• Cailleach Beara Lough
Avid hikers can enjoy a variety of walking routes and trails, the family can spend quality time at the Slieve Gullion Forest Adventure Park, which incorporates outdoor adult fitness equipment. Nature lovers can sample the delight of the beautiful scenery and maybe get a glimpse of a rare red squirrel. On site information boards for those who wish to learn about culture, history, myths and legends of the area or simply visit the coffee shop located in the courtyard.

Slieve Gullion Mountain is the centrepiece of the craggy heather covered ring dyke in South Armagh known as the Ring of Gullion. Slieve Gullion rises to 573m and enjoys an association with Myths and Legends. The area has a wealth of Megalithic and early Christian monuments, the summit of Slieve Gullion boasts the highest surviving passage tomb in Ireland - the Cailleach Beara House that is linked with the witch that is said to have tricked Finn McCool to bathe in the Lake transforming him into an old withered man, although she was forced to restore his youth, his hair remained white and this fate is said to befall anyone who bathes in the lake.
Slieve Gullion - Information Information Information Information
Slieve Gullion - Day Trips
• Why not sample the delights of the Mourne Coastal Route by travelling on Service 39 from Newry taking in the scenic path through Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and Kilkeel.
• You can try our other Rambler Services, The Kilkeel Rambler service 407 will take you to Cranfield where you can walk along the Blue Flag Beach to Greencastle Royal Castle at the entrance to Carlingford Lough or experience the sights and sounds of Kilkeel Harbour.
• Alternatively connect with the Mourne Rambler service 405 in Attical where you can experience the picturesque coastal route into Newcastle and then up into the spectacular Mountains of Mourne.
 
WIN A £100 VOUCHER!
WIN A £100 ULSTERBUS TOURS VOUCHER
Submit your bus ticket receipt for proof of travel on one of the Rambler Services, along with the completed questionnaire to;

Translink, Rural Transport Unit,
3 Milewater Road, Belfast, BT3 9BG

Terms and Conditions Apply, (please refer to rambler booklet for details),
Closing date: 25 October 2013
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