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Carlingford is unique in that within a small town there are a number of remains from Medieval Period, the oldest being King John's Castle overlooking the harbour.

It lies on the Cooley Peninsula with woodland, forests, mountains, rivers and varied coastline. It is a land steeped in myth and legend, once inhabited by the great giant, Fionn Machuil. He once roamed the land and on his last day he gathered a large piece of earth and threw it out to sea. He laid down to rest and ended his great life as Slieve Foy - Carlingford Mountain. The shape of his body can be seen in the shape of the Mountain. The earth he threw became known as Isle of Man.

Carlingford and Cooley area is rich in outdoor recreational facilities: hill walking on the Cooley and Mourne Mountains, leisurely rambles around Carlingford or along the scenic shoreline at Whitestown/Ballagan, or the beach at Templetown.

Water sports are available at Carlingford Adventure Centre and golfers may avail of a number of courses nearby. Greenore Golf Club with an 18 hole course is only five minutes drive.


Greenore Golf Club
+353 (0)42 9373212

Ballymascanlon House Hotel
+353 (0)42 9358200

Maps for recommended walks are available at the Tourist office in Carlingford. The Tain Way - a national waymarked walking route covers a 40km circuit of the Cooley Mountains.

Range of loop walks
Leisurely looped walk or more demanding hill walks.

Water Sports
Windsurfing, canoeing and sailing in Carlingford Lough catered for in Carlingford Adventure Centre.

Sailing | Cruises

Carlingford Marina
+353 (0)42 9373492
Carlingford Adventure Centre
+353 (0)42 9373100
Carlingford Sailing Club
+353 (0)42 9373238
Omeath Warrenpoint
Castle Cruise
Bay Cruise

Leisure Centre
Four Seasons Hotel Leisure Centre
+353 (0)42 9373530

Bird Watching
Carlingford and environs are an ideal place to watch birds, both for beginners and experts.

Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian Centre
+353 (0)42 9371034


Restaurants in Carlingford are members of the Carlingford Good Food Circle reflecting the full scope of eating out, from hotels/restaurants to pubs and tea houses.

The Oystercatcher Bistro
+353 (0)42 9373989
Carlingford Arms
+353 (0)42 9373418
Ghan House
+353 (0)42 9373682
Magees Bistro
+353 (0)42 9373751
PJ O'Hares
+353 (0)42 9373106
The Kingfisher Bistro
+353 (0)42 9373716
The Baytree
+353 (0)42 9383848
The Marina Restaurant
+353 (0)42 9373073
Schooners Restaurant, Village Hotel
+353 (0)42 9373116

The Four Seasons Hotel
+353 (0)42 9373530


Coffee Shops

Ruby Ellen's Tea Rooms
+353 (0)42 937 3385
Dan's Stonewall Cafe
+353 (0)42 938 3797

Restaurants Outside Carlingford

Ballymascanlon House Hotel
+353 (0)42 9358200

Granvue House, Omeath,
7 miles
+353 (0)42 9375109
Fitzpatricks Restaurant
+353 (0)42 9376193