From Rathfriland, drive to Hilltown, turning left at the church and then right as you leave the town following the signs to Kilkeel. Drive past Spelga Dam and at the T junction just beyong the reservoir turn right on to Moyad Road/B27 towards Kilkeel. ¾ mile after passing the equestrian centre and Banns Road car park take left towards Silent Valley and left again at the end of this road. Follow the Head Road past the entrance to Silent Valley; Carrick Little car park is about 2½ miles further along Head Road on the left hand side. Blink and you might miss it.
Car parking is also usually available at the excellent Carrick Cottage Café 420 metres up the track beside the car park.