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Getting to Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula

Just over an hours drive from Belfast and Dublin!
The major roads that service County Louth are the M1 – the main Dublin-Belfast route and the N2 – the main Dublin-Derry route

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From the South

1 Follow signs for M1 towards Belfast.
2 Travel on M1 to the end (approx 50 miles) and take exit off at Junction 18- signposted (R152) N52 Dundalk North Carlingford
3 Take 4th exit off at next roundabout signposted Carlingford R173 and travel to next roundabout and take 2nd exit off signposted Carlingford
4 Follow signs to Carlingford – there is just one left turn to do just 2 miles before you get to Carlingford but it is well signposted.

From the North

  1. Head south out of Belfast on the M1 towards Dublin. Once on the motorway you are 1hr away.
  2. After about 10 miles, exit at junction 7, left signposted to Newry on the A1
  3. Head towards Newry, follow signs for the The Quays – a shopping centre with a multiplex cinema & Sainsburys.
  4. Turn left at the traffic lights taking you along the side of canal, canal is on your left, shopping centre is on your right and mountain straight ahead (where Carlingford is). You are now 12 minutes away.
  5. You will know when you enter Carlingford – King John’s Castle will be dominating the skyline to your left along with the harbour.

Public Transport

If travelling by public transport from the souh or from the north you will find that there are excellent train services to the towns of Dundalk and Newry & bus services fron both towns to Omeath, Carlingford, Ravensdale & the Cooley Peninsula.


CIE – Bus Éireann Timetable
Download timetable Here

Dundalk – Carlingford – Newry

Monday to Saturday

Newry – Carlingford – Dundalk

Monday to Saturday 

* Seasonal Sunday Service available from March to December

Dundalk – Carlingford (Departs from Long Walk Shopping Centre) – 10.45, 13.45 & 16.45
Carlingford – Dundalk (Departs from the Tourist Office) – 11.30, 14.30, 17.30

Return Fare €6.00 One Way €3.00
More information and contact details Here

 Bus Éireann – Dublin to Carlingford Day Return

Dublin to Carlingford – Only €20 day return
Travel on service 100X from Dublin to Dundalk Bus Station & take service 161 from Dundalk to Carlingford.
Download timetable 100x Here
Download timetable 161 Here

For Timetables
Dundalk Train Station 00 353 (0)42 933 5521
Dundalk Bus Station 00 353 (0)42 933 4075
Newry Bus Station 00 44 (0)28 306 23531
Newry Train Station 00 44 (0)28 302 69271