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Cooley Peninsula & Carlingford

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DRIVE THROUGH NATURE AND EXPLORE HISTORICAL SITES

Right at the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, lies the Cooley Peninsula. This hilly region juts into the Irish sea, set between Dundalk Bay and Carlingford Lough.

With an area of roughly 60 square miles, the peninsula is characterised by its diverse landscape. From mountains, forests and wide valleys to long beaches and coastal scenes, there is a bit of everything.

This rich landscape makes it an ideal place for outdoor activities of all kinds including golfing, water sports, walking, cycling, trekking, fishing, and sailing. Make sure to also get a taste of the fresh seafood available in the coastal villages.

Cooley Peninsula is an area where you can also immerse yourself in the Irish folklore. The peninsula’s rich history has left the region dotted with ancient relics such as Neolithic tombs, castles, Medieval buildings and much more.

St Brigid, known as the second patron saint of Ireland, is commemorated in his birthplace Faughart. In the graveyard of the church dedicated to him, you’ll also find the resting place of Irish King Edward Bruce (died 1318).

Another nice stop to make on your drive around Cooley is at the charming small town of Carlingford. It has a population of only 650 inhabitants and its skyline is dominated by the 13th-century castle.

A mix of pubs, whitewashed houses and Medieval ruins make for a fun visit and buzzing atmosphere.

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