Carlingford is a designated Heritage town. It is unique in that within a small town there are a number of medieval ruins, the oldest, King John’s Castle overlooks the harbour and dates to early 1200’s.

Other remains of the medieval period include the Tholsel, the Mint, Taaffe’s castle and the Dominican priory.

In the Heritage centre visitors may explore the history of Carlingford and its environs through from the Viking, Norman and Medieval periods.

Guided tours are also available. Phone 00353 (0) 42 9373454

Greenore village is a Victorian Railway village and an Architechural Conservation area. During the summer months a railway museum and tea rooms are open.

In the grounds of Ballymacscanlon House Hotel one of the best examples of it’s kind, the Proleek Dolmen, is to be seen. It is 300-400 m walk from the car park.



Carlingford Scenic ferry crosses the Lough from Greenore to Greencastle. This takes 15 mins and provides easy access to the Mourne mountains, Tollymore forest park, Kilbroney park and Silent valley.



Carlingford is rich in outdoor recreational activities, walking, water sports, horseriding & golf.

Hill walks in the Cooley mountains. Various hillwalks available – the Tain way is a national waymarked route, over 40kms circuit through the Cooley mountains. Grange looped walks commence nearby at Grange Church.

Other walks include moderate to easy lowland looped walks or a leisurely stroll along the shore at Whitestown and Ballagan.

Maps and guides for all walks are available on Irish Trails.

A Greenway, 6.2km along the former railway line from Carlingford to Omeath is beside the shoreline with views across the Lough towards the Mourne mountains. It provides walkers & cyclists with a safe track & spectacular scenery.

Water sports. Available at Carlingford Adventure centre. Phone 00353 (0) 42 9373100.

Cycling. Bikes to rent from On Yer Bike. Phone 00353 (0) 42 9373793/ 087 6487337.

Sea Angling. 0(28) 41763669. 0(48) from Ireland.

Spa & Leisure centre. Four Seasons hotel. Phone 00353 (0) 42 73500

Golf. Greenore golf club. 18 holes. Phone 00353 (0) 42 9373212.

Ballymacscanlon House Hotel. 9 holes. 00353 (0) 42 9358200.

Horseriding. Ravensdale Lodge. Phone 00353 (0) 429371034.


Carlingford boasts a range of top class restaurants, cafes, and pubs all providing excellent cuisine & entertainment.

Boutiques, antique,craft and gift shops provide the visitor with an opportunity to take away souvenirs of their trip.