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Carlingford Lough
& Cooley Peninsula

This is a place sculpted by time and exciting history. A place where mountains, forest, hills and rivers meet the sea. A place where time stands still and magic happens.

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Carlingford & cooley Peninsula • Mourne Region • Gullion

The charming medieval village of Carlingford is situated on the East coast of Ireland, in the heart of the Cooley Peninsula, at the foot of Slieve Foy and overlooking the Mourne mountains. Located halfway between the cities of Belfast and Dublin, visitors will encounter a hub of heritage and folklore.

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The area is nestled between Co. Down on it’s northern shores and the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth on the South, the area around Carlingford Lough is one of outstanding natural beauty.The Mourne Mountains, these are the jewels of Northern irelands landscape. They hug the coastline of County Down and rest at the shores of Carlingford Lough. It was a region that was designated as an AONB.
Carlingford Lough
Cooley Peninsula
Mourne Region

Escape To Carlingford Lough

Start Your Journey Through Ireland’s Ancient East.

Carlingford is famous for many reasons, It borders the political divide between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. With the Mournes stretching down to the Lough on the Northern side of the Mountain. Carlingford Lough has lots to offer. Take your first steps through 5000 years of wonder.

Exciting History

Ireland's Best Kept Historical Town

Carlingford Lough can lay claim that as a region it has been touched by every single historical epoch of both national and world wide significance. Come and learn about one of Ireland’s most significant locations. From the stories of Celtic Legends, to the Normans and Edward the Bruce, right through to the ages of Royal Agency, rebellion and modern times from the formation of governments and the world wars. Carlingford Lough is a beautiful place with an immensely powerful story.

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Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Ever taken an Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!

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