Getting to Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula

Travelling by Car

An equidistant hours drive from both Belfast and Dublin

The major roads that service County Louth are the M1 – the main Dublin-Belfast route and the N2 – the main Dublin-Derry route

From Dublin

  1. Follow signs for M1 towards Belfast.
  2. Travel on M1 to the end (approx 50 miles) and take exit off at Junction 18- signposted (R152) N52 Dundalk North Carlingford
  3. Take 4th exit off at next roundabout signposted Carlingford R173 and travel to next roundabout and take 2nd exit off signposted Carlingford
  4. Follow signs to Carlingford – there is just one left turn to do just 2 miles before you get to Carlingford but it is well signposted.

From Belfast

  1. Head south out of Belfast on the M1 towards Dublin. Once on the motorway you are 1hr away.
  2. After about 10 miles, exit at junction 7, left signposted to Newry on the A1
  3. Head towards Newry, follow signs for the The Quays – a shopping centre with a multiplex cinema & Sainsburys.
  4. Turn left at the traffic lights taking you along the side of canal, canal is on your left, shopping centre is on your right and mountain straight ahead (where Carlingford is). You are now 12 minutes away.
  5. You will know when you enter Carlingford – King John’s Castle will be dominating the skyline to your left along with the harbour

Rhino Car Hire

Phone: 0044 (0) 845 508 9845

Budget Car Rental

Phone: 00353 (0) 906 627 711

Public Transport – Bus Éireann

Carlingford is serviced by the #161 Bus Route operated by Bus Éireann departing both Newry and Dundalk

Taxis in Carlingford

Galley Cabs

Phone: +353 (0)87 225 1890

Martins Taxi

Phone: +353 (0)87 905 0702

Fast Cabs

Phone: +353 (0)87 261 7259