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The Cooley Peninsula & Carlingford Walking Holiday
Hiking in Ireland’s Ancient East
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.
Follow their route across Ireland to the Cooley mountains. This national waymarked way is known as the táin trail.
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Your PlanArrive at your first accommodation in Dundalk in County Louth. We recommend flying into Dublin or Belfast airports. Overnight Dundalk.
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
Lumpers to CarlingfordTransfer 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.
CarlingfordFrom 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.
DepartureTime 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
- Travel & Baggage insurance
- Evening Meals