Scenic Carlingford Ferry
The Scenic Carlingford Ferry Service on Carlingford Lough between Greenore County Louth and Greencastle County Down
The Scenic Carlingford Ferry is the first vehicle ferry service across Carlingford Lough connecting the COOLEY PENINSULA SCENIC DRIVE, the RING OF GULLION SCENIC DRIVE and the MOURNE MOUNTAINS & COASTAL SCENIC DRIVE.
Visitors to Carlingford Lough's Mourne, Cooley & Gullion region can now enjoy the most stunningly beautiful and historic areas in the north east of Ireland.
The first ferry was recorded over 800 years ago, sailing between the medieval castles at Carlingford and Greencastle and in the 19th Century with the building of the local Dundalk, Newry & Greenore railway (D.N. & G.r.) and port in Greenore by the London & North Western Railway Company the Greenore to Greencastle ferry provided a link for passengers coming and going to Holyhead in Wales from Greenore Port. The arrival of both the port and railway in Greenore was also to herald the advent of tourism in the region.
The Scenic Carlingford Ferry Service Sailing times
Sailing times over July and August.
(From 12 noon Friday 21 July)
From Greencastle, Co Down
Monday – Thursday: 7am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 10pm
From Greenore, Co Louth
Monday – Thursday: 7.30am – 9.30pm
Friday – Saturday: 7.30am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 10.30pm
Between Greencastle & Greenore
Sailing everyday on the hour every hour from 7.00 am to 9.00pm
Between Greenore & Greencastle
Sailing everyday on the hour every hour from 7.30 am to 9.00pm
Closed Christmas Day
(The journey time between Greenore and Greencastle or vice versa is approxiamately 15 minutes. It is recommend turning up at least 10 minutes before sailing.)
Directions to Greencastle terminal?
From Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor (turn right at mini roundabout),
Travel for 9.1miles along the A2 from Rostrevor and follow the signs for the ferry, turn right onto Benagh Road and follow the coast , go over the old Whitewater Bridge and turn right onto the Greencastle Pier Rd, and you will see Greencastle Castle on your right and the ferry terminal is directly opposite the 13th Century Royal Greencastle Castle (BT34 4LR).
From Belfast, Ballynahinch, Clough, Dundrum, Newcastle, Annalong, Kilkeel
(Follow the signs for the ferry, travel through Kilkeel town centre towards Cranfield and Greencastle, travel 3.5 miles passing through the hamlet of Dunavil, turn right onto the Ballynahatten Rd, take the first road on your left and continute until T junction, turn left and then right onto the Greencastle Pier Rd, and ferry terminal is on your left opposite the 13th Century Royal Greencastle Castle (BT34 4LR).
Directions to Greenore terminal?
Travel north towards Belfast on the M1North until Junction 18 signposted (R152) N52 Dundalk North & Carlingford, turn off and follow signs for Greenore Port ( approx 50 miles). Take 4th exit off at next roundabout and travel to next roundabout (over the motorway bridge), take 1st exit for Ravensdale (signposted) and take 2nd exit (signposted) Carlingford & Greenore. Follow signs to Greenore Port approx 15 km.
From Newry in Northern Ireland
Follow signs for the The Quays – a shopping centre with a multiplex cinema & Sainsburys beside the Newry Canal. 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, you are now driving towards Omeath and Carlingford. Travel straight through Omeath, Carlingford and turn left at T junction to Greenore Port. Travel distance about 15 miles and at least 30 minutes travel time.
Alternatively stay on the A1 driving due south and bypass Newry, exit at Junction 18 for Ravensdale, Carlingford and Dundalk, follow directional signs through the 1st roundabout – Ravensdale is the 1st exit and Carlingford/Dundalk is the 2nd exit. Continue to next roundabout and take 1st exit for the R152 Greenore Port.