Carlingford, is a unique medieval coastal town in County Louth, Ireland at the foot of the 588 metres majestic Slieve Foy. Carlingford is a popular destination with walkers who wants to enjoy the outdoor life with the magnificent scenery of the Cooley and Mourne mountains embracing Carlingford Lough.
Here you find walks for all abilities taking you to various historical and mythical places, like the grave of the giant Fionn MacCool who according to the myth had a hand in many of the rock formations around the northern part of Ireland, such as Giant’s Causeway and Cloughmore Stone. Carlingford also has an adventure centre where you can try different watersports, such as sailing, windsurfing and pier jumping in Carlingford Lough.
Castles and Ruins in Carlingford
Spared by the industrial revolution Carlingford boosts an abundance of remarkably well preserved ruins, such as Taaffe’s Castle, the Mint and King John’s Castle dwelling dramatically situated on a cliff by the sea. The castle owes its name to King John, Richard the Lionheart’s brother, who visited Carlingford in 1210.
Pubs in Carlingford
The lively pub scene in Carlingford is magnet for stag and hen parties but also a haven for thirsty hill walkers. P J O’Hare’s is one of the most popular pub’s and a great place to enjoy live music and trad jazz during summer months in the beer garden. The Pub holds a special attraction in form of the remains of a Leprechaun which by it’s discovery sparked off an annual Leprechaun hunt.Other popular pubs are Carlingford Arms, Taaffes Castle an Lilly Finnegan’s.
Restaurants in Carlingford
At the north pier in the harbour you can watch the fishing boats unload shellfish which can be enjoyed in many of the town’s top class restaurants. Carlingford is famous for producing the best oysters in Europe. Some of the popular Restaurants are:
Where to Stay in Carlingford
Four Seasons, Carlingford House, Belvedere House and McKevitts Village Inn.
Carlingford European Destination of Excellence
Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula won the European Destination of Excellence award in 2008, under the theme of intangible heritage.