Venue: Carlingford, County Louth Website: www.carlingford.ie Price: Various Date: Whenever you like!
Carlingford in County Louth is to my mind one of the most beautiful villages in the North East. It lies roughly equidistant between Belfast and Dublin and in 2008 was honoured with the award of Ireland’s European Destination of Excellence. If you are an outdoorsy type or nature-lover, Carlingford has everything you could possibly want. The location is breathtaking, with the quaint village nestling between Slieve Foy, Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountains. The village itself is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Ireland. Visitors to Carlingford enjoy a truly unique blend of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, myths and legends all combined with a modern-day cultural infrastructure.
For its relatively small size, the list of activities available in Carlingford is very impressive. Visitors can walk, hike, cycle, sail, go horse trekking in the mountains or simply kick back and enjoy the local music and food—seafood caught in the Lough is on offer in nearly every pub and restaurant. Best of all, and quite surprisingly, Carlingford is not overrun with tourists!
Full lists of accommodation can be found on the Carlingford tourism website above. To travel from Dublin, it is best to take a bus to Dundalk and change there for Carlingford. You can plan your trip using the ‘journey planner’ on the Bus Eireann website: www.buseireann.ie