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The Cooley Peninsula & Carlingford Walking Holiday

Hiking in Ireland’s Ancient East

Proleek Dolmen on Cooley Peninsula
Proleek Dolmen on Cooley Peninsula

Less than an hour’s drive from Ireland’s two major cities, Dublin and Belfast, Carlingford Town on the Cooley Peninsula nestles between Slieve Foy, Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains.

You are provided with a unique blend of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, myths and legends. Thus combining to make Carlingford an extraordinary place. Consequently, it is Ireland’s most well preserved medieval town lending it a unique feel and atmosphere. (ask about our guided tours).

Carlingford the oyster capital of Ireland

Carlingford is also the Oyster capital of the country and every August the Oyster Festival draws huge crowds into this beautiful village of whitewashed cottages and ancient clustered buildings.

Myths and Legends in Ireland’s Ancient East

‘An táin Bó Cuailigne’ the national epic of Ireland is centralised on the Cooley Peninsula. Here Cuchulainn, Queen Maebh and the famous Brown Bull of Cooley met their fate.

Hike across Slieve Gullion County Antrim

Follow their route across Ireland to the Cooley mountains. This national waymarked way is known as the táin trail.

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Day 1

Your Plan

Arrive at your first accommodation in Dundalk in County Louth. We recommend flying into Dublin or Belfast airports. Overnight Dundalk.

Day 2

Ravensdale – Lumpers (Cooley)

Private transfer to the start of the first walk in Ravensdale forest. A steep climb brings you to black mountain & Clairmont Cairn from where you have a fantastic view over the Slieve Gullion and Slieve Foye above Carlingford as well as the Mourne mountains to the Northeast. You will continue to the Lumpers Pub where you will be picked up for a transfer back to your B&B. Overnight Blackrock / Dundalk.Walk: 12 km / 4 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot) and quiet country roads

Day 3

Lumpers to Carlingford

Transfer to start of the hike at the Lumpers Pub. Today’s walk brings you across the Cooley Peninsula into the central valley before climbing over the crest of Barnavave and Maeve’s Gap to find Carlingford Village and Carlingford Lough at your feet. Overnight in Carlingford where your baggage awaits.Walk: 16 km / 5 hours / Forest roads and tracks, Heather and Moore (can be wet underfoot) and quiet country roads.

Day 4


From your B&B accommodation in Carlingford, we give you a variety of walking options to enjoy. These vary in Length and difficulty and all start and end in the historic medieval village with its many shops, restaurants and cosy pubs. Make sure to sample the famous Carlingford Oysters!Walk: Various lengths and grades.

Day 5


Time to depart from Carlingford and return home.
  • Carefully selected B&B accommodation
  • Baggage transfers on walking days
  • 24/7 local emergency contact
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request
  • Flights
  • Travel & Baggage insurance
  • Evening Meals
  1. :

    Nice company, everything was well organised. Beautiful walking tours

    Luuk Henselmans, Belgium

  2. :

    After our first night in Dundalk and a full Irish Breakfast, we did a lovely hike from Ravensdale forest to the Lumpers. After the 2nd night and another filling breakfast, we walked across the beautiful Cooley peninsula to the picturesque village of Carlingford on the coast where our bags were waiting in another superb B%B.
    And a perfect place for a hike around. Also for fun and good food is taken care of. So we’ve taken one more day.

    In summary, a beautiful country, incredibly friendly and polite people and an excellent organisation.

  3. :

    As a couple, we enjoyed a beautiful walking holiday this summer organised by Cliff Wayenberg of Walking Holiday Ireland. The six days of walking in the Dundalk area, Carlingford and the Mourne Mountains were a good combination of different types of scenery, from easy walking to steep climbings. Walking distances each day a bit longer and a bit more difficult, giving it a nice challenge every day. B&Bs located in towns with lots to see and to do in the evening, and all with very enthusiastic hosts, willing to fulfil all wishes. We stayed two nights in each B&Bs, which gives good opportunity to learn more about a city and the B&Bs

    In summary: Very well organized, well balanced and beautiful holiday!


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