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Equip: getting there


There’s no better place to spend a week with your CU, being fuelled and fired for a new year of mission on campus. Set in the scenic Castlewellan Forest Park, against the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, the area itself is a treat worth travelling for. But how do we get there?

Castlewellan Castle

Castlewellan Forest Park


County Down

BT31 9BU


You’ll receive a warm welcome from our stewarding team when you arrive, who’ll direct you to the registration desk and a place to park if you need it.

Please be there between 3–6pm on Monday 26 August.

Our programme wil finish by 1pm on Friday 30th August. Packed lunches will be available for those in the Castle.

By Equip coaches: 

We realise that for those of you who come from Connacht or Munster, it’s a long way to Castlewellan. That’s why we’ve allowed plenty of time for you to arrive and get setup before things start on Monday evening. But we’re also planning on providing subsidised buses from some major cities in the south, so that you don’t have to worry about getting yourselves there with all your stuff.

Prices are soon to be finalised, depending on interest, but should be about 20 Euros return.  It will be possible to come from one city (where you spent the summer) and return to a different one (where your campus is), should you let us know. To register interest in a private bus, just fill in this Google Form as early as possible. This will help us know how many buses to book 

I would like to express interest in a place on a bus

By car:

The Forest Park entrance (right) is at the highest point  of the hill, opposite the town hall.

From the north:

Castlewellan town is situated near the coastal town of Newcastle in County Down. From Belfast, the main road goes south to Clough (through Carryduff) and then you will see a right–hand turn for Castlewellan. (The road signposted “Castlewellan” after Ballynahinch is cross–country and not as straight–forward)  

From the south:

On the A1 north from Dublin/Newry to Lisburn/Belfast, take the junction (just after Newry) for the Newry/Downpatrick A28/A25. As soon as you come off, on the roundabout, pass the Sheepbridge Park and Ride and turn left (this should not be the Belfast Road). In a short distance, turn right onto Turmore Road, and continue for a mile until you reach a t–junction with the Orchard Bar visible on your right. From there, take the A25 to Castlewellan, through Rathfrailand.

 From the north–west:

Aim for Portadown and take the A50 all the way from there through Banbridge, Katesbridge and to Castlewellan.


By public bus:

Translink run a limited service a few times a day to Castlewellan from Belfast and a few other locations. Click here and search for Castlewellan. Please note, it will be a Bank Holiday in the north, and public buses may not be running a full schedule.


Book your place at Equip 2019 now!