Carlingford, County Louth

Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, a hikers paradise!

The medieval town of Carlingford on the enchanting Cooley Peninsula nestles between Slieve Foy, Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains and is less than an hour’s drive from Ireland’s two major cities, Dublin and Belfast. A unique blend of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, myths and legends combine to make the Cooley Peninsula a very special place for your walking holiday in Ireland. It is Ireland’s most well preserved medieval town lending it a unique feel and atmosphere.

Carlingford is also the Oyster capital of the country and every August the Oyster Festival draws huge crowds into this pretty village of whitewashed cottages and ancient clustered buildings. ‘An táin Bó Cuailigne’ the national epic of Ireland is centralised on the Cooley Peninsula. here Cuchulainn, Queen Maebh and the renowned Brown Bull of Cooley met their fate. Their route can be followed across Ireland to the Cooley mountains. This national waymarked way is known as the táin trail.