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The Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland

The Silent Valley Reservoir is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. And it’s just 20 minutes from my hometown of Kilkeel. It’s a beautiful part of the world, within the mountains and the east coast of Ireland. Or ‘God’s Country’ (whatever that means!) as the locals often like to call it.

Where is the Silent Valley Reservoir

It’s about 20 minutes from the small towns of Kilkeel (my home!) and Annalong. For most tourists though, if you’re in Dublin and heading to Belfast, or in Belfast and heading to Dublin, it’s halfway between the 2. Normally on the Dublin to Belfast journey people opt for the quick motorway option. But I would really encourage everyone to hug the coast and follow the coastal route. It’s much more beautiful and making a day of the journey with pitstops at:

  • Silent Valley
  • Carlingford Lough (Warrenpoint)
  • Rostrevor
  • Newcastle

This will mean your Dublin to Belfast journey becomes a fun travel day instead of a long travel day!

Silent Valley Reservoir
The Silent Valley Reservoir

How to get to the Silent Valley Reservoir

Like most (all?!) of Ireland, public transport isn’t great. So while it’s just about possible to take a bus from Kilkeel or Newcastle to the Silent Valley, you’d need the patience of a saint. More likely you’ll either be on your Ireland road trip and have a car, or be driving a rental, so it’s easy. It’s about 20 minutes from Newcastle, Annalong or Kilkeel.

You can see where the Silent Valley Reservoir is here in the google map: