Carlingford Cooley Tourism Association (CCTA)

CCTA is a local voluntary organisation which has responsibility for the development of sustainable tourism in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula. CCTA’s role is to:

  • Influence people to travel to and throughout the peninsula.
  • Increase the economic benefits to the area from tourism.
  • Help foster a sustainable tourism industry in the area.

Winner of European Destination of Excellence 2008

Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth were chosen by the EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) team when they were looking for regions that showed excellence in the area of ‘Tourism and Local Intangible Heritage’. And it’s easy to see why.

Carlingford is a virtual outdoor museum of Medieval Ireland. It’s quaint cobblestone streets offer the finest dining, designer shopping, markets and delicious coffee houses.

The Cooley Peninsula’s landscape has witnessed the footsteps of Irish giants, the Celtic warriors Cú Chulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill and is also home to the last leprechauns of Ireland.  This legendary setting offers adventure, activity, horse riding, sailing, bird watching, golfing, angling, walking trails and heritage tours within its breath taking scenery.

A myriad of myths and legends surround the area which also boasts a stunning lough and the sweeping backdrop of Slieve Foy, the highest mountain in Co Louth where the giant Fionn Toirneach lies resting with his feet stretching into Carlingford Lough. This enchanted place is home to the last 236 Leprechauns of Ireland and the Fairy Hill which magically pulls parked cars up its slopes!

Travellers can visit Neolithic tombs which predate the pyramids of Egypt such as the Proleek Dolmen and Clontygora Court grave, walk in the footsteps of legendary Cú Chulainn, and explore the Norman fortification and the Viking settlement of Carlingford Town, a Medieval Heritage Town. An Anglo-Norman Castle, Merchant castellated town Houses and parts of the town walls have survived, together with monastic ruins and civic buildings.

Outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice too with sailing, angling, golf, horse riding, bird watching, cycling and guided walking tours.
Organised packages and workshops are organised on your behalf, delivered in abundance with the famous Irish warmth and hospitality.
Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, located along the east coast of Ireland, just over an hour from Dublin and Belfast.

Government and Tourism Organisations

Ireland has its own government tourism agency that works with the tourism industry. The role of the State Tourism Organisations (STO) is to:

  • Support the development and marketing of sustainable tourism destinations and experiences by increasing awareness and attracting visitors.