A new website - Discover Carlingford - provides a review of all that is available to you before or after your walk, ride or run along The Carlingford Lough Greenway. There are also a wide variety of other Things to Do in and around Carlingford. From OnYerBike at Carlingford Marina, it is a short walk to Carlingford town. There is a fabulous bistro in the Carlingford Marina complex - Rabelo - where you can enjoy a drink or something to eat whilst taking in the fabulous views of Carlingford Lough, across to the Mourne Mountains and down to Greenore.
Omeath has a wide range of places to stop and admire the views, and to take on food and water. Cafe Rosa is a popular local cafe offering a broad selection of meals, drinks and cakes. In my opinion, the best Lemon Meringue pie I have ever tasted, and that includes my Grandma's. Granvue lives up to it's name - fabulous views across the Lough to Rostrevor and Warrenpoint - and a wide menu. The Strand is an historic Victorian Hotel on the promenade. Mena's Chipper is situated on Omeath Pier, the current 'end of the Greenway" There are many other shops and services that will be reviewed in a later section
Victoria Lock was built in 1850 at the end of the Newry Ship Canal.
In 2007, a wonderful picnic site was created - car parking, picnic tables, 'interactive memorials' explaining the history of the Newry Ship Canal and the area around. I love this and always ready to wind up the talking pole ! The wildlife around the Lock and the Lough (is diverse - herons, cormorant, egrets, swans, geese, ducks and maybe if you are lucky, you'll see some otters. NB : Ring of Bright Water was my my absolute favorite film as a kid but I haven't seen one yet. Victoria Lock is the start of the Greenway section to Newry, but soon it will be where the section from Omeath comes out of Fathom Forest.
Newry lies in the most south-eastern part of Northern Ireland and around half of the city is in County Armagh and the other half in County Down with the Clanrye River forming the historic border between the two. Newry sits in a valley between the Mourne Mountains and The Ring of Gullion, an area of diverse geology, hopefully soon to be awarded Geopark status. The surrounding areas are designated Areas of Outstanding Beauty and of course The Cooley Mountains are spectacular. Newry was once a major port and has a significant economic and social history. The photo depicts the plan for the Newry City Park which, it is hoped, can be built on 'waste ground' adjoining the historic Albert Basin
Poyntzpass is a small village on the border between southern County Armagh and County Down in Northern Ireland. It is situated in the civil parish of Ballymore and the historic barony of Orior Lower within the Armagh City and District Council area. The Newry Canal Way, a 32km walking and cycling route running from Newry to Portadown along the restored towpath of the former Newry Canal passes through Poyntzpass and you can replenish your suppliesat the local Spar here before you walk, jog or cycle on.
Scarva is a small village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland.on the boundary with County Armagh, marked by the Newry Canal. Scarva is famous as the location of the "Sham Fight" Pageant on 13th July every year with a huge crowd gathering for the re-enactment of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. Holly Berrie at The Tearooms, a wonderful park and a bandstand for weekend performances make Scarva a wonderful place to visit and certainly to stop off on a ride
Portadown is a town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The town sits on the River Bann in the north of the county, about 24 miles southwest of Belfast. It is in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area The Newry Canal Way starts at The Bann Bridge on Bridge Street and there are places to eat and drink at the very start, or the end depending on which direction you are going in ! Plenty of local services in Portadown itself and no sooner have you left the city, you are in amazing countryside
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Carlingford, Louth, Ireland