Although NEWRY, astride the border of Down and Armagh, is this region’s most important commercial centre and bustles with an urban vibrancy, it’s worth little more than a short visit. Traditionally the place for people from the Republic to come and shop, the town has recently boomed economically thanks to the fall in value of the pound against the Euro, and its already traffic-clogged streets suffer gridlock on market days (Thurs & Sat). Given its key position, you’re highly likely to pass through here, and, while it does make a possible base for exploring Slieve Gullion and the south Armagh district, you’re unlikely to be tempted to stay.

 

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