Carlingford Greenway

Carlingford Greenway

Greenway at a glance

Waymarking – Green Arrows


44 km


Easy - Moderate




Dungarvan 52.092489 - 7.616947


Greenway Custom designed trail


Allow 3-4 hrs cycling

Minimum Gear

A good bike


Waterford and numerous villages

( Carlingford Omeath Greenway along the shore of Carlingford Lough )

The Carlingford Omeath Greenway is a 6km trail along the Carlingford, County Louth. The route is a great addition for the people that like to explore the region by walking, running, and cycling. It is the route of a disused railway line offering eye-catching views of the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford with the Mournes stretching down to the Lough on the Northern side of the Sea. The route provides you a spectacular experience of a calm beautiful walk along the mountains and the shoreline that travels from Omeath to Carlingford. It is a famous tourist spot among the locals and tourists. The local people are extremely happy by experiencing the increase in tourism. The local people are extremely friendly towards the tourists. The greenway is best for many reasons such as the facilities of the self-catering accommodation, shops, and parking.

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About Carlingford To Omeath Greenway

In the northeast corner of County Louth, midway between Belfast and Dublin, right at the beginning of Ireland’s Ancient East, you’ll find one of Irelands best-kept secrets, Carlingford and The Cooley Peninsula. The area as a whole and Carlingford, in particular, has a rich historical heritage.
The smallest county in area in Ireland, it is bounded by Northern Ireland (north), the Irish Sea (east), County Meath (south and west), and County Monaghan (northwest). The Carlingford town is part of the Dundalk Municipal District. It is situated on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough with Slieve Foy mountain as a backdrop, sometimes known as Carlingford Mountain. It is the main town on the Cooley Peninsula. The town is located on the R176 / R173 roads between Greenore railway line and Omeath village, Carlingford is approximately 27 km northeast (by road) from Dundalk (15.6 km directly), 90 km north of Dublin, and 11 km south of the border with Northern Ireland.
The Omeath Greenway Carlingford is very well signposted at the trailheads and access points along its route. The Greenway provides great views along Carlingford Lough from Omeath and Carlingford. There are two directions to explore the greenway. The one direction takes you towards the Irish Sea, the other route takes you inland towards Omeath. The views are breathtaking throughout the journey. The highlights of the route are Warrenpoint & Rostrevor across on the northern shores, the mountains of Mourne in County Down, Slieve Foy in the Cooley Mountains on the southern shore. These mountains provide you with a backdrop as you go on your trip.
The Greenway will take you alongside fields full of grazing sheep, cattle, and horses, through old railway level crossings and even a few bridges with plenty of old railway era gateposts and gates still in the situation. The trail is completely nature abounds all around. The flora changing with the seasons provides great color, resident and migratory birds will keep you company. The small waterfalls, brooks, and rivers along your way will provide a soothing soundtrack. You will feel lost in the magic of nature.

History of Carlingford

( County Louth, Northern Ireland )

Carlingford was Carlingford Lough’s most important port in the Middle Ages and was one of Ulster’s three most important ports (Louth was in Ulster until around 1600 when Leinster extended north). Carlingford appears on all medieval and modern maps of Ireland. It was involved in many turbulent 17th century wars, even being supported by ships. In 1726 the customs authority (where import duties were paid) for Carlingford Lough was moved to Newry, showing that Newry had become the dominant port on the lake.
Later in the 18th century, a canal to Newry was built from Lough Neagh to allow coal barges, from Coalisland in County Tyrone, to reach Newry en route to Dublin. A shipping canal was built south of Newry to allow ships to access the town’s docks from Carlingford Lough. In the 1850s the canal was widened and an excellent port developed in the Albert Basin at Newry and marine locks at the southern end of the lake called Victoria Locks.
Although the canals continued to be used until the 20th century, they were already doomed. Greenore and Warrenpoint were developed as specially designed ports in the second half of the 19th century and were connected to the national rail network via Dundalk and Newry.
The narrow waterfront space at the foot of Fathom Mountain was filled with a railroad track, road, and shipping channel, all stacked on top of each other. Over time, improved motor vehicles destroyed the economic relevance of the railway line and joined the navigation channel in redundancy. Now we are recovering parts of the canal and the railroad as a recreation and transportation service.
The railway was built by the London and North-Western Railway to carry passengers and freight between mainline connections in Dundalk and Newry and its deep-water port at Greenore, with its ferry to Holyhead. The Greenore to Newry line opened in August 1876 and closed at the end of January 1951. The company had six black tank engines, four of them named after local places ( Carlingford, Dundalk, Greenore, and Newry )
Carlingford Lough Greenway will connect Carlingford, via Omeath to the border, mainly along with the old Dundalk, Newry, and Greenore railway line. From Victoria Lock, the greenway runs along with the Middle Bank which separates the shipping channel from the Newry River estuary and connects to the Albert Basin in downtown Newry. At the north end of Newry, the Newry Canal towpath offers all-terrain biking and walking experience that stretches all the way to Portadown and almost all the way to Lough Neagh. It should connect via other greenways and cycle paths and off-road networks and be a resource not only for those who want to avoid traffic jams on the way to work but also for cyclists and walkers.

Greenway Map​

To make sure you see all the highlights of the trail and route, also are sure to travel with the map of the Carlingford to Omeath Greenway. Having a map will allow you to see all the highlights of the lush enchanting greenway.

Things You Need To Know

How Long will it take me to Cycle?

The traveling time depends on the cyclist or walkers, either they enjoy the trip by taking small pauses and soaking up the sun while enjoying the spectacular views or keep going. However. the approximate duration for an average cyclist is about 1 hour and the average walking time is 3.5 hours to 4 hours.

Local Attractions of Greenway

  • Warrenpoint & Rostrevor across on the northern shoreline
  • Mountains of Mourne in County Down
  • Slieve Foy in the Cooley Mountains on the southern shore

Carlingford Greenway Route

The rote starts from the access point at Carlingford Marina. It is located on a 10-minute walk from Carlingford Visitor Center past the harbour and King John’s Castle on the right-hand side towards Omeath on the R173. The parking facility is available on the route but it will cost you a small amount. The parking charge at Carlingford Marina is €2. The facility is free for marina and restaurant patrons.

  • Trailhead: Carlingford access point is located at Carlingford Marina, just off the R173, travelling towards Omeath.
  • Trailhead: Omeath access point is in the centre of Omeath, next to the pier.
  • Route: length: 7km Terrain: Greenway cycle and walking trail with 300m section on a public road.
  • Estimated Time Cycling: less than one hour.
  • Estimated Time Walking: 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Ascent: Minimal (40m)

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities carry some degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans is not liable for any accident or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions can also affect road surfaces. Please use your own judgment when using the routes depending on the weather and the ability, experience, and confidence levels of those in your group.

Greenway Highlights

Carlingford Marina

The Carlingford Marina is a 170 berth marina on the coastal inlet of Carlingford Lough. Carlingford Marina is a safe haven for visiting boats, providing a much-needed stop-over between ports in Dublin and Belfast. Carlingford Marina offers 8 self-catering apartments for tourists. The accommodation facility enhances the worth and beauty of the place.

Mourne Mountains

The Morne Mountains also called Mournes or Morne Mountains, are a range of granite mountains in County Down in the southeast of Northern Ireland. They include the highest mountains in Northern Ireland, the highest of which is Slieve Donard at 850 m (2,790 ft). The Mournes are designated an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty and the area has been proposed as Northern Ireland’s first national park. The area is partly owned by the National Trust and receives many visitors each year. The Wall of Morne crosses fifteen of the ridges and was built to enclose the catchment area of ​​the Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoirs.

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best Places to Eat in County Waterford

Carlingford City and Louth County Council

Louth County Council is the responsible authority for local government in the Carlingford lough city and Louth County in Ireland. The county is governed by the local government under the Act 2001. The development projects of houses, community centers, roads, and transportation are major responsibilities of the County Council. However, it also includes urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council is consists of 29 members who are selected by the elections. The title of the Head of the council is Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Joan Martin. The county town is Dundalk, Northern Ireland.
Louth County Council, working in collaboration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and East Border Region Ltd. The new stretch will link with the previously completed Portadown Newry element resulting in a total length of 52 km of cross-border Greenway along the east coast of the island of Ireland.
Ireland’s greenways are the most beautiful and breathtaking gorgeous trails to enjoy the pristine and intact beauty of the country. These are the off-road( cycling trail, walking trail) and traffic-free routes to enjoy the charmer of nature and great outdoors with peace of mind. These unspoiled parts are great outdoor amusements for people of all age groups. In Northern Ireland, they are collectively part of the British National Cycle Network (NCN).
The Irish government welcomed the creation of greenways that would serve both its own citizens and visitors to the country.

frequently asked questions

The frequently asked question regarding the greenway is entertained below. It will help you to enjoy your trip fully.


Where can I rent a bike to do the Carlingford Greenway?

There are numerous outlets renting bikes along the Limerick Greenway. Visit the greenway bike hire for this purpose.

I haven’t cycled a bike in years, can I still do the trail?

Yes! The trail is mostly very flat and easy to cycle, so is manageable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy.

Can I do the trail with young kids?

Yes! Kids can pass the Trail on their own bikes, in a child-seat, or on an adult/ child tandem that most bike rental outfits provide.

Can I rent an electric scooter for trail?

Electric scooters are not regulated in Ireland currently so they are not available to hire. Contact Greenway county for more information.

Are there any shops or accommodation available along the Greenway?

Yes, there are numerous shops and accommodation spots available on the Greenway. You can enjoy a good shopping experience and quality resting time.

useful amenities


Water Stations

visitors to some of the most popular sections of the Greenway will be able to refill their water bottles at a number of specially designed water bottle refill stations. These are ideally suited to cyclists who have greater difficulty in accessing suitable drinking water points on their journey.


Playgrounds near the greenway

 the Greenway is a wonderful facility and its important to keep children’s interest with activity and fun along the way. So grab a ball, go exploring and have some fun!

A playground is a really important aspect of a local network, and we’re very lucky to have some great playgrounds nearby on the Limerick Greenway