Sunday, 2 September 2012

Day Trip to Carlingford

Whenever we have visitors  staying, we like to take them to  Carlingford, a pretty little village nestling under Slieve Foy on the shores of the lough.
It's a pleasant place to spend some time, with medieval buildings, traditional pubs, colourful houses , award-winning restaurants and cosy cafes. Narrow lanes open out to give spectacular views across to the Mourne Mountains and streets lead to the slopes of the mountain.
There are lots of activities organized throughout the summer months, with a varied programme of festivals and family events, from leprechaun hunts to classical music concerts, from hen racing to the annual Oyster Festival and medieval weekend.
It was success in the National Tidy Towns Competition back in the 1980s which first gained the village a national profile and, ironically, the  outbreak of Foot and Mouth in 2001 put the area on the front page for weeks as the peninsula's sheep population was eradicated.  Out of that terrible time, the community came together to establish Carlingford and surrounding areas as a quality tourism destination. in 2008, Carlingford was named as an European Destination of Excellence. Just an hour's drive from Dublin and Belfast, it is slowly but surely being discovered.
King John's Castle
Looking Across to the Mountains of Mourne

Taaffe's Castle
Thosel Street

Detail on The Mint

Oldest Pub
P J O'Hare's Anchor Bar
Dan's Cafe
Colourful Houses Dundalk Street


  1. Beautiful! I love the simplicity of the houses and the streets especially. Great shots:~))

  2. Your photos are lovely. Whenever I think of Carlingford, I remember the happiest of stays in the wonderful Ghan House there.

  3. Oh! the pictures are stunning. When we set sail for Ireland next year we will make this a place to visit. It reminds me of the East Neuk of Scotland - the Kingdom of Fife. I spent today high on a hillside looking out over Loch Leven - and the scenery is very similar.

  4. Setting sail? If you literally mean sailing rather than catching the ferry, Carlingford has its own marina and is popular
    with sailors from all over Ireland, the UK and probably further afield.


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