What’s intangible heritage? Visiting Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula answers that question. From Celtic legends such as "An Táin" to Carlingford’s medieval origins and active Leprechaun lore, traditions fostered through the generations have created a unique sense of community and a lot of fun.
Allied to this living culture and heritage, of course, is the Cooley Peninsula's jaw-dropping scenery. The Cooley Mountains are perfect for walks, horse-riding and adventure sports. On Carlingford Lough,sailing, birdwatching and a myriad of watersports as well as Aquaculture are the dominating activities. Mussels ae harvested fron the Lough's seabed and the famous local oysters are farmed along it's shores – The oysters are available at the local festival in August, or in the gastronomic restaurants located in and around the quaint village of Carlingford and elsewhere on the peninsula.
Past meets Present
Just an hour’s drive from Belfast and Dublin, Carlingford and its surrounding area is packed with heritage, lough and mountain-based activities, festivals, and a wealth of Irish dance, song, music and language.
Photo to left: Mr Martin Cullen TD Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism with Mr Fred Adamson accepting award on behalf of Carlingford and The Cooley Peninsula community.
EDEN is the acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a European commission project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country.
Through the selection of destinations, EDEN effectively achieves the objectives of:
The key feature of the selected destinations is their commitment to social, cultural and environmental sustainability. The recipients of the award are emerging, little known European destinations located in the 27 Member States and candidate countries. The EDEN project helps to spread the sustainable practices used in the chosen destinations across the Union and to turn these places into all-year-round venues. The process thus aims to help de-congest over-visited tourist destinations.
This European quest for excellence in tourism is developed around an annual theme, chosen by the Commission together with the relevant national tourism bodies. The main EDEN themes have been:
To learn more about Ireland's EDEN destinations and the European EDEN network please visit the Ireland's EDEN website IRELAND'S EDEN WEBSITE
There are 40 different types of accommodation available in Carlingford and Cooley.
There are events taking place in Carlingford and on the Cooley Peninsula the whole year round. Visit the Events page to stay up to date! Link to Events
Enjoy golf, walking, sailing, arts and crafts and many other activities during your visit to Carlingford.
Link to activities