Visiting medieval Ireland: Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula

Mourne Mountains, ©Jasmic/Flickr

Mourne Mountains, ©Jasmic/Flickr

Tourism is blooming in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth. These amazing locations have intangible local heritage and are quite rich in culture and history. If you want to have a peak into medieval Ireland, Carlingford is the perfect place to look. The streets are made of cobblestone and filled with the finest dining places, designer shops and coffee houses.

Visit the Cooley Peninsula and walk in the footsteps of great Celtic warriors like Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cú Chulainn. There are many fun and adventurous activities waiting for you here: horse riding, bird watching, walking trails, sailing, heritage tours in a breathtaking landscape, golfing and many others.

A land of myths and legends

Co Louth is a land where numberless legends and myths circle around about the last leprechauns of Ireland and others. Magic is literally in the air! Come and visit the Neolithic tombs of Clontygora Court and Proleek Dolmen which predate the Egyptian pyramids. Discover and explore Carlingford and its fortification which used to be a Viking settlement. Here you will also find some monastic ruins and some of the town walls which have survived through many centuries.

Carlingford, ©Sean MacEntee/Flickr

Carlingford, ©Sean MacEntee/Flickr

Sports and outdoor activities

If you are an outdoor person you will feel spoiled here. There are many opportunities for outdoor fun. You can try horse riding, sailing, play golf and angling, watch the birds, go for a cycling tour or on a guided walking tour. The Irish are famous for their hospitality and warmth which makes this lovely country a perfect holiday location. Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula is only about an hour away from the capital so pack your things and have some fun.

Carlingford, Cooley Peninsula, ©falco500/Flickr

Carlingford, Cooley Peninsula, ©falco500/Flickr

The charm of Carlingford

There are many things which add to the appeal of this medieval town among which we can mention its historical background. Carlingford was under Viking invasion during the 8th and 9th centuries and supposedly they used the harbor as a temporary base. The town of Carlingford has charming narrow streets with a medieval aspect which lead to the majestic mountain of Slieve Foye and the Mourne Mountain.

Mourne Mountains, ©Jasmic/Flickr

Mourne Mountains, ©Jasmic/Flickr

Take delight in the natural beauty surrounding the region then after a tiresome day rest in a cosy pub and refill your energy bar. Not far from Carlingford is located the famous prehistoric burial place, Newgrange. While you are in the area you can also visit this wonderful world heritage site and learn more about Celtic culture and history.

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