Cooley Peninsula attractions

Viewpoint in Cooley Peninsula

Flagstaff Viewpoint

Travelling along the Cooley Peninsula from Carlingford to Newry in Northern Ireland, a quick 3km detour rewards you with sweeping views of Carlingford Lough, framed by forested mountains, green fields and the sparkl…
Brewery in Carlingford

Carlingford Brewing Company

Tours of this craft brewery, 8km southwest of Carlingford on the R173, start with a sample, then take you through the brewing process (one to 1½ hours) and finish with three more tastings. The post-tour lunch of piz…
Castle in Carlingford

King John's Castle

Carlingford was first settled by the Vikings, and in the Middle Ages became an English stronghold under the protection of the now-ruined castle, which was built on a pinnacle in the 11th to 12th centuries to control…
Historic Building in Carlingford

Taafe's Castle

Today the storeroom of the attached pub of the same name, Taafe's Castle is an imposing 16th-century tower house that stood on the waterfront until the land in front was reclaimed to build a short-lived train line.O…
Historic Building in Carlingford


Dating from the 16th century, the Mint, near the village square, has some interesting Celtic-inspired carvings around the windows. Although Edward IV is thought to have granted a charter to a mint in 1467, no coins …
Ruins in Carlingford

Dominican Friary

Off Dundalk St are the wonderfully preserved remains of a Dominican friary, built around 1305 and later used as a storehouse by oyster fishermen.
Gate in Carlingford


The photogenic Tholsel is the only surviving gate to the original town.