Nearby Places to Visit
While Carlingford is a beautiful town and popular holiday destination, if you’re looking to see some of the rest of Ireland it can serve as the perfect base for exploring! Some of the most amazing sights in Ireland are right on your doorstep or just a short drive away:
How to travel: 1hr by car
As the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, Belfast represents a hub of culture and history. As a major port, Belfast played an integral role in the Industrial Revolution and became the biggest producer of linen in the world. The RMS Titanic was built in the Harland and Wolff Shipyard and today Belfast boasts the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.
In recent years Belfast underwent fantastic expansion and regeneration, with wonderful shopping, dining, and activities available to any type of tourist throughout the city. Including tours of filming locations for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
How to travel: 2hr 15mins by car
The result of a volcanic fissure, the Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. This expansive lava plateau is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland – and Belfast is conveniently located halfway through the journey from Carlingford!
How to travel: 1hr 30mins by car
Dublin is the largest city and capital of Ireland, as well as a historical and current central hub for education, the arts, and industry. In 2018, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network named Dublin one of the top 30 cities in the world in terms of global culture.
Boasting a significant literary history, having produced the likes of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, Dublin has a rich cultural atmosphere. It hosts many theatres, a vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping opportunities and much more.
Ireland’s Ancient East
Ireland’s Ancient East encompasses 17 counties on the east side of the country and boasts 5000 years of history scattered amongst lush green landscapes. There are many amazing destinations from the Proposal Stones on the edge of Carlingford Lough and scattered along the journey down to Dublin and across Ireland.