Carlingford is a small medieval Irish village, located in County Louth, Ireland. Nestled against the mountains, and facing the Irish Sea, the locality is a small paradise for travelers in search of authenticity and wilderness. We love its narrow streets, its old fortifications from the Middle Ages, its castle overlooking the sea… and the hospitality of its inhabitants!
Carlingford is the largest village on the Cooley Peninsula. It is located on the R176 road between Greenore and Omeath. It lives mainly from tourism, oyster production and herring fishing.
Very popular, the village is appreciated for its historical setting: it must be said that Carlingford was occupied from the 12th century by the Anglo-Normans under the command of Hugh de Lacy.
It is to them that we owe the “King John Castle” (not to be confused with Limerick Castle). It is one of the most touristic spots of the village. In ruins nowadays, it overlooks the Irish Sea and has an extraordinary charm.
Among the other spots not to be missed, let us note the existence of a particularly old medieval door, located in the city center, in Tholsel street. It would be the last gate of the medieval fortified city. A must-see.
Finally, in the same street is also “The Min”, a town hall dating from the 16th century.
But the village also has other subjects of interest. Carlingford is indeed known throughout Europe for the production of its green oysters (Carlingford Oysters). They are appreciated for their subtle taste, full of character.
Every summer, a festival takes place: The Carlingford Oyster Festival, which allows to taste the best oysters of the village, while enjoying the beauty of the village, its traditional music and its animations of all kinds!
A ferry leaves from the village of Omeath, 5 km away, during the summer months.