Annalong is a small, coastal fishing village located within the Kingdom of Mourne.
Annalong Harbour, dating back to the early 1880s, was central to the construction of the Silent Valley Reservoir, which was completed in 1933. The harbour was used to receive all of the building materials for the project that were imported by sea, while a four and a half mile section of railway had to be built between the harbour and the site at Silent Valley in order to transport heavy machinery, the millions of tonnes of material required and the many hundreds of men who worked there.
Annalong Cornmill, which was built in the early 1800s, was one of the last working watermills in the country when it finally closed in the 1960s. Restoration work on the building began in 1983 and it is now open to the public.
Visitors to Annalong can take in the scenic views of the coast by way of the two shore trails that can be found at either end of the village. The trails are roughly a mile in length with car parking available at each starting point.
If you’re in need of refuelling after your stroll, then The Harbour Inn offers an extensive selection of dishes combined with panoramic views or you could try The Galley, an award-winning take away and cafe which is renowned for serving up some of the best fish and chips in Ireland.