The best of craft in the Mournes
We are fortunate to have incredibly talented and creative craftspeople living and working in County Down, and in particular around here in the Mournes. Combine craft with some great food, and you have some of our favourite places to visit around the Mourne Mountains. You’ll find great craft in the Mournes – .Here are our five favourites:
1: The Turnip House
The Turnip House Tea Room is just outside Leitrim Village, down from the Windy Gap. Enjoy John’s famous Lemon Drizzle cake and wonderful soups and breads, then browse the beautiful crafts made by both Elaine and John and many other local craftpeople. Elaine makes incredible felted creations, and John knits wonderful jumpers. Charlie the dog is always ready with a warm welcome. Find them at 64 Dromara Road, and http://turniphouse.com/
The Turnip House
2: Synergy Studios
Synergy Studios celebrates its location between mountains and sea by gathering together art, craft and design inspired by all things nature. Their work is from makers across Northern Ireland and in the Mournes area in particular, making this one of the best places to shop for craft in the Mournes. We have unique handmade gifts and Mournes souvenirs, a tea bar, and exhibition space with great views of the sea to relax and enjoy. 101 Central Promenade, Newcastle, Co Down
3: Carlingford Craft
Carlingford Craft is a gorgeous craft shop tucked just off the village square, run as a craft collective. Each member has a different speciality , and we share the manning of the shop – so every day is a ‘meet the maker’ day! All our products are handmade locally in Co. Louth and surrounding counties.Many gifts can be personalised. We are very happy to open specially for groups and can provide craft demonstrations during you visit.
Carlingford Craft, River Lane, Carlingford, Ireland
4: Made in Mourne
Made in Mourne is a community crowd collaboration project based in Kilkeel, nestled at the base of the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland. The space is in Greencastle Street.
The ground floor houses the fabulous ‘MADE in Mourne’ shop that sells locally made original gifts, unique home deco arts & crafts and handmade artisan food; first floor is the HUB, a creative space complete with meeting rooms, workspaces and an honesty coffee bar for start-ups, small businesses, business folk and community groups to meet, network, collaborate and grow businesses; top floor is the STUDIO, the home of a photographer, Ruach musical instruments and other creative companies.
A not-for-profit model, the plan is to make the building commercially successful to be able to fund local initiatives, both creative and commercial that help to grow the local creative economy, provide more jobs and help to sustain those who live and work in the Mourne Region.
Made in Mourne
5: Painted Earth
Run by Tanya and Ray, Painted Earth is proud to offer unique, handmade, locally designed products that are exclusive to the area. Sold to you with sincerity in their friendly and reliable shop. It’s Here we buy our gorgeous Shower Gel for the cottage, made by the Handmade Soap Company. 98 Main Street, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Craftedesign came alive when owner Catherine Bradford was forced to take a career break to support her son who received a late diagnoses of autism at the age of 13. Loving everything artisan, she saw a gap in the market place, and Craftedesign came alive! Craftedesign is a craft shop which provides space to local designers and makers, giving them the opportunity to sell products in their local marketplace.
Craftedesign aims to provide its customers with as much variation as possible in the products that it stocks and also the price point of its products. Craftedesign ensures that all products are of a high quality. Craftedesign likes to see itself as different, by providing artisan, bespoke products. We pride ourselves in being different & not on the high street.
Craftdesign: 67 Bridge Street, BT35 8AF Newry