Thinking about weekend plans? Why not discover the beautiful Carlingford Lough with our new4-Trip Explorer Ticket for just £8 per sailing! With so much to do on either side of the Lough, there has never been a better time to plan an adventure, explore more and make memories with your family and friends. Whether you’re an intrepid adventurer travelling solo, or a large group looking for inspiration for a great day out, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite activities and experiences North and South of the lough. It’s time to explore… with Carlingford Lough Ferry.
SOUTH OF THE LOUGH
“Join us at our Greencastle Port where you will receive a warm welcome, before a short and scenic sailing across the Carlingford Lough to Greenore and the Cooley Peninsula.”
Eagles Rock, Yoga Retreat Carlingford
(Distance: 15km from our Greenore Port)
Eagles Rock Retreat is situated in a lush, green valley and surrounded by the mystical Cooley Mountains. With an awe-inspiring view from every window, you will feel your cares and worries melt away as soon as you arrive. Join Martina and Stuart for a day of relaxation, or a long weekend retreat and let them look after your every need, so that you can enjoy the stunning surroundings, relax and rejuvenate. Celebrated for their fresh homemade food and warm hospitality with top class yoga tuition, Eagle Rock Retreat is suitable for all levels. And with guest numbers limited to twelve, you will never feel lost in a crowd.
Book your yoga retreat here: https://www.carlingfordyoga.ie | Call Martina: 087 615 7591 | Eagles Rock Retreat, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Cooley Whiskey Tour
(Distance: 8km from our Greenore Port)
Cooley Distillery was the first new whiskey distillery to be set up in Ireland in over 100 years and it was Ireland’s youngest, smallest and only independent whiskey distillery. It was established in 1987 in the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth, near the border with NorthernIreland, and started distilling in 1989. The Cooley Distillery currently produces 1.5 million litres of pure alcohol and fills approximately 12,000 200L ex-Bourbon casks annually.Discover how the distillation process works, from the raw materials of Grain and Malting barley to Wash to Distillate and then to Whiskey.
Discover how whiskey matures and ages. What happens inside the casks over a long period of time, learn where whiskey get its colour and bottle your very own 8 year old Greenore Single Grain whiskey. Relax after your tour and enjoy a hosted tasting of the Cooley Whiskey range while learning about the different tastes that are Cooley Whiskey.
Book your whiskey tour today through: www.visitcarlingford.com | Call: +353 (0) 879576989
Carlingford Guided Walking Tours
(Distance: 5.5km from our Greenore Port)
A magical village full of character, Carlingford is one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Ireland having been raided by Vikings in the 8th and 9th Centuries. Join one of Carlingford’s walking tours and enjoy spectacular panoramic views and listen to the wealth of myths and legends that make Carlingford a unique visitor experience! Perfect for people who want to learn more about the wonderful history of Carlingford, no matter what the occasion, whether you are on a hen party, stag party, corporate retreat or you are here with your family. Walks take place everyday between 11am & 3pm but they must be booked in advance(*We can arrange a tour for a special occasion or at a different time)
Price: €7 per person, large group discounts available. | Minimum of 4 people required. | Duration of the tour is approximately one hour. | Contact: +353 (0) 879576989 | www.visitcarlingford.com
Listoke Distillery & Gin School
(Distance: 52km (38mins) from Greenore Port)
Calling all Gin Connoisseurs! Listoke Distillery & Gin School, located just North of Drogheda in County Louth, offers Gin lovers an insight into the distillery, production and bottling process of their award winning Listoke 1777 Gin. Visitors will be treated to a tour of the facility, before getting hands on and creating your very own unique blend of Gin in a carefully crafted Gin Making Class. While you wait for your recipe to blend, you’ll be treated to G&T’s along with a spread of local meats and cheeses from the Boyne Valley, before heading home with your own personalised bottle of botanicals.
To book visit: https://listokedistillery.ie/gin-school/ | Listoke Distilery & Gin School, Unit 9 Tenure Business Park, Tenure, Co.Louth. A92 XP70 | Cost €95 per person. | Email: email@example.com.
Cooley Peninsula Electric Bike Tour
(Distance: 6km from Greenore Port)
Perfect for all abilities, why not try an electric bike tour and effortlessly explore the new Carlingford to Omeath Greenway on amazing German built electric bikes! With amazing views of the Lough, Warrenpoint Harbour and the famous Mourne Mountains, you will experience ancient Omeath, the slopes of Slieve Foy and the Long Woman’s Grave before stopping for refreshments in Lily Finnegans Pub in Whitestown, or John Long’s Pub in Grange, the only thatched pubon the peninsula, before completing the circle of the Great Glen with its magnificent views from Foy to Slane. E-bikes can be rented for either a half a day, or full day and you will be supplied with everything you need to enjoy your experience safely including a helmet, high vis jackets, maps of the area and an information booklet on all the interesting sights and local legends! What’s more, Child seats and local food picnic hampers are available on request.
Book your e-bike tour through Visit Carlingford | Prices from €35 per person | Call: +353 (0)879576989 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Visit Carlingford, Station House, Carlingford.County Louth.
Carlingford Adventure Centre
(Distance: 7km from Greenore Port)
For the Adrenaline Seekers! Carlingford Adventure Centre offer a huge range of activities on land, sea and sky and with packages available for all ages and abilities it’s a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. From their heart pumping high ropes course, rock climbing, zip lining and laser combat to archery, water trampolining, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, there is something to suit everyone! Group packages and team building courses are also available on request.
To book visit: https://carlingfordadventure.com | Call: +353 (0) 4293 73100 | Email: email@example.com | Tholsel Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth
NORTH OF THE LOUGH
“Joining us at Greenore? Let your journey begin, as we sail across the Carlingford Lough to our Greencastle Port, leaving the scenic views of the Cooley Mountains only to be welcomed by the magnificent Mountains of Mourne.”
Guided Tour of the Mournes
Distance: *Collection directly from Greencastle Port can be arranged)
Create your own tailor-made tour, perfect for you and your group! Mourne Road Tours go the extra mile to make sure you see and discover all that the Mourne region has to offer! Their bespoke private road trips give you the chance to see the highlights of this beautiful area at your own pace. Travelling in comfort with an experienced and professional driver, their tailor made service means you can choose from one of their suggested scenic routes, or create your very own bespoke tour, with optional activities and adventures. From castlesand caves to food, drink and brewery tours, the best of Mourne is just waiting to be discovered.
To book visit: https://mourne-road-tours.co.uk/ | Half Day Tours from £25pp | Call: 0736 852 9714 |
‘Taste & Sea’ at The Green
(Distance: 10km from Greencastle Port)
Wine tasting, seafood culinary lessons and fresh award winning cuisine…. have we caught your attention? The Green Holiday Cottages nestled in the countryside outside of Kilkeel, offer a range of one day and weekend packages catering for all tastes and interests. The Taste & Sea Package offers a weekend retreat including a two night stay in the tranquillity of The Green, in their beautiful self catering cottages. You’ll get the chance to enjoy wine tasting with a local expert, develop your culinary skills at the Mourne Seafood Cookery School with help from experienced chefs and enjoy the finest local cuisine in an award winning Bistro. If this sounds like your perfect weekend away, get in touch with Jenny at The Green to arrange your dream retreat.
To book call: (+44) 07860 951841 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | The Green Holiday Cottages, Kilkeel, Co. Down. BT34 4ZG.
Guided Alpaca Walks/Treks
(Distance: 3.5km from Greencastle Port)
Yes, you are reading this correctly, at Cranfield Alpaca’s you can enjoy a walk with their wonderful alpaca tribe. During your walk, you will get the chance to know each of the Alpaca’s whilst you explore the local area, learn about the history and heritage and experience the stunning views of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne & Cooley Mountains. All you need is some sturdy waterproof shoes/ wellies or boots and be prepared for our changeable weather.So why not try something new and completely unique! A walk with the Alpaca’s makes the perfect gift, family outing or group activity. Max. 10 alpacas per trek.
Book now, visit https://www.cranfieldalpacas.com | 35-37 Cranfield Road, Newry, BT34 4LJ | Call: 07568 537779
(Distance: 32km (35mins) from Greencastle Port)
Restore your mind, body and soul in blissful tranquillity at the Burrendale Spa, where you’ll be offered a wide range of treatments and pampering packages to indulge, nourish and refresh.Experience the intense relaxation of a facial or soothe aching muscles with a massage. With eight individual suites, a nail bar and an array of treatments on offer, there are many different ways to help replace what everyday life takes from you. Leave the outside world behind and let the Burrendale Spa help you on your journey of inner peace and relaxation. Open 7 days a week – To avoid disappointment please book early.
For appointments please call +44 (0) 28 4372 1304 or email email@example.com
Breakthrough Health and Wellbeing ‘Intro’ Retreat
(Distance: 32km ( 35mins) from Greencastle Port)
Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life? Perhaps you’re looking for a new way to relax and unwind? The Briers Country House Retreat is nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in secluded countryside less than 2 miles from the sea and is the perfect holistic venue for relaxing body, mind and soul, offering a complete respite for anyone seeking peace and tranquillity.
Invigorating guided walks in stunning countryside and by the sea, mindfulness and guided meditation sessions, yoga classes, talks on emotional and mental well-being, home-cooked whole food and superfood meals and complimentary holistic treatment are available at an additional cost, but must be booked in advance.
To book, contact: Breakthrough Retreats | The Briers Country House Bed & Breakfast, 39 Middle Tollymore Road, Newcastle, County Down, NI BT33 0JJ | +44 2843 724 347 | +447800 570 701| firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitewater Brewery and Tap House Tour
(Distance: 35km (38 mins) from Greencastle Port)
Established in 1996, on the third generation family farm amidst the spectacular Mourne Mountains, Whitewater Brewery retains the passion and desire to brew beers with fantastic flavours. Experience life inside Whitewater Brewery, discover the secrets behind the production process of their award winning brews, then head back to the new tap house where you can try some ales and hear some tales from the Master Brewers.
To book, visit: www.whitewaterbrewery.com | Tel: 028 437 78900 | Email: email@example.com | Lakeside Brae, Clarkhill Road, Castlewellan, County Down.
So what are you waiting for, take advantage of our new 4-Trip Explorer Ticket and #exploremore. Tickets are available to purchase on board and online atwww.carlingfordferry.com.