Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland.
The Hare's Gap is the most dramatic pass in the Mourne Mountains. The sharply defined outlines indicate that ice once passed this way - using the gaps convenient north-south alignment to advance and retreat over the entire Mournes range. The remaining bolder field of which the the' Diamond Rocks' are part is located near a margin of the Quartzose Granite, just south of Slievenaglogh and west of Slieve Corragh. Conspicuous crags of granite break the smoother heather covered southern slopes of Slievenaglogh between the Mourne Wall and the Brandy Pad. From here the Mourne range opens out. To the South west of Slievenaglogh is Ben Crom reservoir, Slieve Beg, Cove Mountain Slieve Lamagan & Doan. Ben Crom can also be seen in the background.
In more recent times the Hare's gap marked the exit point for smuggled goods which had crossed the hills from the coast along the Brandy Pad. The contraban (which included soap, leather, spices and coffee) was carried through the mountains on the backs of small ponies, which descended the hares Gap to the valley of the Trassey River.
Mourne Mountains , Slievenaglogh, Mourne Wall, Brandy Pad, Slievenaglogh, Ben Crom reservoir, Slieve Beg, Cove Mountain Slieve Lamagan, Doan, Hare's Gap, County Down, Northern Ireland
- Aidan Monaghan
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