Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula is the perfect destination for hill walkers. Carlingford lies on the south side of Carlingford Lough with Slieve Foy as a spectacular backdrop.
The mountains of Mourne sit on the other side of the Lough, altogether giving Carlingford a unique blend of natural beauty. All route maps for the above walks in Carlingford can be found in the local tourist office. Below are the most popular and breathtaking routes.
- King Johns Castle Walk: 4.5 km's: Time 1+ hrs.
A short walk around the village of Carlingford, suitable for families with younger children although if you are pushing a buggy keep to the tarmac roads and avoid the grassy parts at the end
- Slieve Foy National Loop Walk: 9 km's: Time 2-3 hrs.
This National loop walk brings you up to the mountains slopes above Carlingford. The walk is mostly on good paths marked with blue arrows.
- Barnavave Loop: 13 km's: Time 4 hrs.
This walk is an outstanding viewpoint with an abandoned famine village last occupied in the 1800′s on the decent.
- Commons National Loop Walk: 3.4 km's: Time 1+ hrs.
This short National Loop Walk will take you away from the town and give you a flavour of the open mountain sides. Suitable for families and children on foot but take care on the narrow roads as you leave and return to the town.
- Grange Loop: 6+ km's: Time 2 hrs.
This rural loop walk gives a quiet flavour of some aspects of the heritage of the Cooley Peninsula. It is mostly dry underfoot so a pair of shoes will suffice. The lane through the field is uneven in places with tree roots.
- Whitestown Coastal Loop: 5 km's: Time 1+ hrs
This is a nice level coastal walk on quiet tarmac roads, suitable for buggies. Very popular with local strollers out for daily exercise. Ideal for those with children who like to explore and pick up ‘wee treasures’ on the rocky foreshore. You’ll be able to enjoy a quiet pint after your walk and if you hit the right evening, enjoy listening to a few tunes.
- Omeath Loop: 5 km's: Time 2 hrs.
This is a loop walk on a minor tarmac road that makes the circuit from the seaside village of Omeath. There are excellent views over Carlingford Lough and you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh seafood on your final decent.
- Annaloughan National Loop Walk: 8kms: Time 3 hrs.
This national loop walk overlooks Dundalk Bay. It is mostly on track but the mountain section can be wet and rough underfoot, so wear good boots. Heather Mountain slopes with a return through the pines and spruces of Rockmarshall forest.
- Tain Way: 15kms:Time 4+hrs
A journey from west to east across the cooley peninsula along the Tain Way. You will need to do a car split or arrange a lift back. Starting at the Lumpers Pub in Ballymakellett found on the R174 near Ravensdale. You’ll finish in Carlingford about 30 mins away by car. The route is marked throughout with yellow man walking symbols.
- Carlingford Slí na Sláinte: 7 km's: Time 1-2 hrs.
This Slí na Sláinte walk is part of the Irish heart foundation scheme of walks to promote general fitness and heart health in the local community. It is a level walk along the coastline from Carlingford to Greenore and returning the same route.