Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula
Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth were chosen by the EDEN team when they were looking for regions that showed excellence in the area of ‘Tourism and Local Intangible Heritage’. And it’s easy to see why.
Carlingford is a virtual outdoor museum of Medieval Ireland. It’s quaint cobblestone streets offer the finest dining, designer shopping, markets and delicious coffee houses. The Peninsula’s landscape has witnessed the footsteps of Irish giants, the Celtic warriors Cú Chulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill and is also home to the last leprechauns of Ireland. This legendary setting offers adventure, activity, horse riding, sailing, bird watching, golfing, angling, walking trails and heritage tours within its breath taking scenery.
A myriad of myths and legends surround the area which also boasts a stunning lough and the sweeping backdrop of Slieve Foy, the highest mountain in Co Louth where the giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill lies resting with his feet stretching into Carlingford Lough. This enchanted place is home to the last 236 Leprechauns of Ireland and the Fairy Hill which magically pulls parked cars up its slopes!
Travellers can visit Neolithic tombs which predate the pyramids of Egypt such as the Proleek Dolmen and Clontygora Court grave, walk in the footsteps of legendary Cú Chulainn, and explore the Norman fortification and the Viking settlement of Carlingford Town, a Medieval Heritage Town. Extensive town walls have survived, together with monastic ruins and civic buildings.
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice too with sailing, angling, golf, horse riding, bird watching, cycling and guided walking tours.
Organised packages and workshops are organised on your behalf, delivered in abundance with the famous Irish warmth and hospitality.
Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, located along the east coast of Ireland, just over an hour from Dublin and Belfast.
- The Táin Walking Festival in March which features a series of graded walks and routes.
- The National Leprechaun Hunt on the 8th of April.
- The Oyster Festival in August.