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Carlingford, Co. Louth

Carlingford is situated on the shores of Carlingford Lough, directly across from Co. Down. The preservation of its medieval character has ensured it to prevail among Irelands finest Heritage Towns. Its many archetectural features include the Thosel, the Mint, Taaffes Castle and the Dominican Friary. The combination of a medieval past with modern conveniences makes Carlingford an essential place to visit.

King John's once might fortress, now in ruins, commands the entrance to the lough.

The town itself is a huddle of old streets, which grew around the castle. Carlingford was a wealthy place during the Middle Ages, famed from its oysters.

The town is a recommended place to start the 19-mile Táin Trail, which heads northwest through thick forest and returns from the southwest along the ancient Golyn Path between the peaks of Slieve Foye and Barnavave.

On this page you can see a map of Carlingford, see what's on in Carlingford, find out how to get to Carlingford, find things to see and do in Carlingford, visit local websites for Carlingford, find Hotels in Carlingford, find Guesthouses in Carlingford, find Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Carlingford, find Self-Catering Accommodation in Carlingford, browse restaurants in Carlingford.

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Bus to Carlingford

  • Bus routes operated by Bus ireann:
    • 161:
      • Dundalk (Bus Station- Long Walk) - Newry (Bus Station)
      • Newry (Bus Station) - Dundalk (Bus Station- Long Walk)

Things to See and Do in Carlingford

Holy Trinity Heritage Centre

Carlingford , Co. Louth, Ireland
Housed in a beautifully restored medieval Church, the exhibits show the development of Carlingford from its Norman origins.

Hotels in Carlingford

The Four Seasons Hotel The Four Seasons Hotel

Carlingford, Louth, Co. Louth
In picturesque Carlingford, The Four Seasons Hotel overlooks the Cooley Peninsula, with beautiful views of Cooley Mountains and Carlingford Lough. The hotel is a 1-hour drive from Dublin and Belfast.


Market Square, Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland
This family run premises is a village inn type hotel. Located in the Market Square of Carlingford, Ireland's best preservedmedieval village. This is an excellent location for sailing, walking, fishing, golf and bird watching. Senior Citizens ...

Guesthouses in Carlingford

Ghan House Ghan House

Ghan House, Carlingford, Co. Louth
With a restaurant and a cookery school, this family-run Georgian House lies only 50 metres from Medieval Carlingford. Overlooking the mountains, it features rooms with family antiques and free Wi-Fi.

The Oystercatcher Lodge Guest House The Oystercatcher Lodge Guest House

Market Square, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Located in Carlingford, The Oystercatcher Lodge Guest House features mountain views from each bedroom. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is possible on site.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Carlingford

Belvedere House B&B & the Baytree Restaurant Belvedere House B&B & the Baytree Restaurant

3 Newry Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth
In Carlingford’s centre, Belvedere House offers award-winning local cuisine at its Baytree Restaurant, and elegant, themed rooms with heated towel rails. Guests have access to the adjacent leisure facilities, and free Wi-Fi is provided.

Boutique B&B Boutique B&B

3 Ard Na Tana, Riverstown, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Set in beautiful Cooley Hills with coastal views, Boutique B&B is less than a 10-minute drive from the centre of Carlingford, with its pubs, castle ruins, winding streets and views of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains.

Grove House Bed & Breakfast Grove House Bed & Breakfast

Grove Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Set in 3 acres of gardens, Grove House Bed & Breakfast is located in the medieval village of Carlingford, County Louth. It offers a choice of breakfasts from the menu, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Mourneview B & B Mourneview B & B

Belmont, Crossalaney Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Situated between the Mourne and Cooley Mountains, Mourneview B&B offers a beautiful setting in County Louth. It has panoramic views of the rolling countryside from its tranquil location.

Riverside Lodge B&B Riverside Lodge B&B

Castletowncooley, Riverstown, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Located at the foot of the Cooley Mountains, Riverside Lodge B&B offers free on-site parking and is just 10 minutes’ drive from the medieval town of Carlingford. Guests also benefit from a free shuttle to and from Carlingford.

Walkers Nest Walkers Nest

Carlingford Moneymore, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Featuring free WiFi, Walkers Nest is situated in Carlingford, 2 km from Carlingford Castle. Free private parking is available at this pet-friendly property. Rooms are equipped with a TV. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax.

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Self-Catering Accommodation in Carlingford

Peggy Peggy's Shabby Chic Cottage

Limekiln, Chapel Hill, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Featuring a barbecue, Peggy's Shabby Chic Cottage is a detached holiday home situated in Carlingford in the Louth County Region. The property boasts views of the sea and is 300 metres from Carlingford Castle.

The Retreat The Retreat

The Retreat, Dundalk Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth, Carlingford, Co. Louth
The Retreat is located centrally in the village of Carlingford. There is free parking available. This townhouse has a a hydrotherapy spa bath and a garden with a furnished patio area.

Restaurants in Carlingford

Carlingford Arms Carlingford Arms

Carlingford, Co. Louth

Fusion Fusion

Carlingford, Co. Louth

Ghan House Ghan House

Foot of Slieve Foy, Carlingford, Co. Louth
The restaurant - in the drawing room or ground floor dining room has views of the gardens and Mourne Mountains. We use herbs from our herb garden and are fortunate enough to have an abundance of superb shellfish from the lough ~ oysters, mussels, coc

Kingfisher Bistro Kingfisher Bistro

Darcy Mc Gee Court, Dundalk Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Magee Magee's Bistro

Tholsel Street, Carlingford, Louth

Oystercatcher Bistro Oystercatcher Bistro

Market Square Carlingford, Carlingford, Co. Louth

PJ O Hare PJ O Hare's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Tholsel St, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Known best for it's award winning food, PJ O Hare's is Carlingford's best known and most popular gastro-pub among locals and visitors alike.

Schooners @ McKevitts Village Hotel Schooners @ McKevitts Village Hotel

Market Square, Carlingford, Louth
At Mc Kevitts we pride ourselves on quality home cooked meals using the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Slieve Foy

Newry St, Carlingford, Co. Louth

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