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Top 5 Activities in Carlingford

Carlingford is a picturesque town on the Cooley Peninsula, between the waters of Carlingford Lough and the mountain of Slieve Foye, in the northeast of Ireland. It’s known for its oyster farms, medieval buildings and numerous fun outdoor activities. Here are 5 of Carlingford's top activities as voted by its visitors on popular travellers resource, Trip Advisor.

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Leprechaun and Fairy Underground Cavern

Leprechaun and Fairy Underground Cavern

The visit includes 15 minutes of storytelling and an introduction to how the last leprechauns of Ireland became a protected species by the E.U. This is done in the story room across from the cavern at Shalom B.B.Y This is followed by a visit below the ground where leprechauns and fairies converge in the morning as the sun rises. The visit is predominately indoors and perfect for a wet day and there’s ample parking!

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Carlingford Adventure Centre

Carlingford Adventure Centre

Looking to do something fun when you are in Carlingford? Carlingford Adventure Centre can offer you a fun and safe way to try some exciting outdoor activities. You can visit as a family, group or individual. Morning session starts at 9.30Am. Afternoon session starts at 2.00Pm. Each session is 3 hours. Full day and half day options available. NEW ZIPTOPIA - Tree Top Zip Line Adventure. CARLINGFORD ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITY PACKAGES: The centre is located right in the middle of the village and offer great deals on accommodation and activity packages. SUMMER CAMP: During July & August the Centre runs an action packed Summer Camp.... Residential and Non-Residential. Activities are suitable for ages 8+ (unless otherwise stated). On the water...Pier Jumping, Kayaking, Canadian Canoeing, Raft Building, Frenzies (Open top Kayak), Double Frenzies, Piccolos (for the little ones)On the Land...High Ropes, Leap of Faith, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Challenge Island Course including Low Ropes Course and up to 24 "challenges", Archery, Hill Walking NEW! Laser Combat (12+) and Zorbin (must be 4ft tall). Phew!

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Carlingford to Omeath Greenway

Carlingford to Omeath Greenway

The Carlingford Lough Greenway will, by 2020, link Carlingford and Newry, thanks to INTERREG V funding.

Since May 2018 two sections of the route are open. The first section runs between Carlingford Marina and Omeath promenade along the shore of Carlingford Lough, mostly along the trackbed of the former Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway line. Almost all of the route is off-road but access does require use of public roads. It is suitable for walking and cycling but horse-riding is not permitted. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times as the Greenway passes through privately-owned farmland on which grazing animals, such as sheep, roam freely.

The new section of Greenway has been developed from an older, different form of transport. It runs along the ‘middle bank’ that separate the Newry Ship Canal from the estuary of the Newry/Clanrye River. This canal allowed seagoing ships access from the sea, via Carlingford Lough, through the Victoria Locks, to the Albert Basin docks in the centre of Newry, which also served the inland, summit canal that linked Newry to Lough Neagh. The former inland canal towpath is also a high quality walking and cycling route, meaning that when Newry and Carlingford are connected, it will be possible to walk or cycle off road between Lough Neagh and Carlingford Lough, if you’re up to it.

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Carlingford Marina

Carlingford Marina

Carlingford Marina is a 170 berth marina on the coastal inlet of Carlingford Lough. Carlingford Marina is a safe haven for visiting boats, providing a much-needed stop over between ports in Dublin and Belfast. Carlingford Marina also offers 8 self-catering apartments to visitors by sea or by land. Each apartment can sleep up to 5 people - has its own kitchen, living area and bathroom - and awards its guests with spectacular, panoramic views out over the marina, the lough, and the mountains either side.

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King John's Castle

King John's Castle

King John's Castle, also known as Carlingford Castle, is an enclosure castle and National Monument. It was built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop overlooking Carlingford Lough. The Castle dominated the Lough, the harbour and the developing town. This was the first stone building built in Carlingford and under the shadow of the castle the town grew. It is said that King John of England stayed here for a few days in 1210 AD. The original Castle consisted of an enclosed D-shaped courtyard with two rectangular towers at the entrance. The eastern part of the Castle was built in 1261 and this included a number of rooms and a great hall.