King Johns Castle at Carlingford
King Johns Castle at Carlingford

Medival Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula


Charming Medieval Village. Carlingford is situated on the East Coast of Ireland, in the heart of the Cooley Peninsula.


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Irelands Best Kept Secret

 In the northeast corner of County Louth, midway between Belfast and Dublin, right at the beginning of Irelands Ancient East, you’ll find one of Irelands best kept secrets… Carlingford and The Cooley Peninsula.

The area as a whole and Carlingford, in particular, has a rich historical heritage. Learn about one of the great Celtic heroes of all time, Cuchulainn, and the Tain Bo Culainge or the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The Cooley Peninsula is divided along a northwesterly/southeasterly border with Northern Ireland. With excellent fertile soil which provides fantastic produce available in all local eateries. To the south-west and rugged mountain terrain to the northeast, the Cooley Mountains (highest point Slieve Foy, 588metres) are ideal for walkers and hikers of all experience levels and form, and with Carlingford Lough dramatic views from wherever you are on the peninsula.

The Long Woman’s Grave or “The Cairn of Cauthleen” is the grave of a Spanish noble woman who married Lorcan O’Hanlon, the youngest son of the “Cean” or Chieftain of Omeath.

Omeath (Irish: Ó Méith) is a village on the shores of Carlingford Lough overlooked by the Cooley mountains, close to the border with Northern Ireland. And is about 8 kmfrom the city of Newry.
In the summer time a passenger ferry travels regularly across Carlingford Lough to Warrenpoint with day trippers.
You can include a visit to the megalithic tombs at Clonshagora above Omeath close to the Flagstaff where there are magnificent views of Carlingford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Blackrock, lies on the shores of Dundalk Bay.With its beautiful promenade and variety of beaches, seafront cafes and traditional tearooms, lively pubs and top quality restaurants, vintage shops, tranquil coves and rock pools, and spectacular views of the whole expanse of the bay backed by the Cooley Mountains, it is the ideal location for  a leisurely day trip.

Monasterboice the historic ruins are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth. Founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buite (who died around 521), it was an important religious centre until the establishment of nearby Mellifont Abbey by the Cistercians in 1142. The settlement was captured by invading Vikings in 968 AD, who were then comprehensively expelled by Donal, the Irish High King of Tara.
On the site, visitors can discover an old graveyard, two churches and a sundial, but Monasterboice is most famous for its spectacular high crosses. Inside the ruins stands the impressive Muiredach’s High Cross (5.5 metres high), regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and a copy is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

START TIME Your Accommodation / Cruise Ship – 8:30 AM. Approximately
END TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable Clothing, Walking Shoes, & Sunscreen.(Summer Months)
Transport & All Tolls
Bottled Water & Refreshments
Driver/Guide Gratuity
Admission Charges

Admission Charges :


 No Charges at any venue.


 Other Venues in the area that maybe of interest to you.

  • Old Mellifont Abbey

  • The Jumping Church

  •  St Brigid’s Shrine

  •  Proleek Dolmen

  •  Edward Bruce Burial Place

We can customise this or any tour to facilitate your interest and preferred destinations.

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