Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, in the North East of the Republic of Ireland borders Northern Ireland along the shores of Carlingford Lough. The peninsula is just an hour's drive from the two capital cities of Dublin and Belfast, the major airports of Belfast City and Dublin as well as the main Ferry Ports of Larne, North Wall and Dun Laoghaire. The nearest public transport hubs for Trains and Buses are in Dundalk and Newry City.
Getting Public Transport to Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula
If travelling by public transport from the south or from the north you will find that there are excellent train services to Dundalk and Newry & bus services from both serving the main towns of Omeath, Carlingford, Ravensdale, Bellurgan, Lordship and other destinations on the Cooley Peninsula.
Train Services Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula
Local Train Stations - Dundalk (Republic of Ireland) & Newry (Northern Ireland).
Newry Train Services to and from Belfast NEWRY-BELFAST Download Timetable Here
Two local bus services provided by Bus Éireann between Dundalk and Newry
Dundalk Bus Station - (Departs from Long Walk Shopping Centre) Newry Bus Station - (Departs from Kildare Street, Newry).
Bus Éireann Timetable Route 161: DUNDALK−GREENORE−CARLINGFORD−OMEATH−NEWRY Download timetable Here
Bus Éireann Timetable Route 160: DUNDALK−RAVENSDALE−NEWRY Download timetable Here
Bus Éireann Timetable Route 100X: DUBLIN-CARLINGFORD - Only €20 day return Travel on service 100X from Dublin to Dundalk Bus Station & take service 161 from Dundalk to Carlingford. Download timetable 100x Here
* Seasonal Sunday Service available from March to December
Dundalk - Carlingford (Departs from Long Walk Shopping Centre) - 10.45, 13.45 & 16.45 Carlingford - Dundalk (Departs from the Tourist Office) - 11.30, 14.30, 17.30 Return Fare €6.00 One Way €3.00 - More information and contact details Here
Public Transport Contact Telephone Numbers Dundalk Train Station 00 353 (0)42 933 5521 Dundalk Bus Station 00 353 (0)42 933 4075 Newry Bus Station 00 44 (0)28 306 23531 Newry Train Station 00 44 (0)28 302 69271
Getting to Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula by Car
From the South 1 Follow signs for M1 towards Belfast. 2 Travel on M1 to the end (approx 50 miles) and take exit off at Junction 18- signposted (R152) N52 Dundalk North & Carlingford 3 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. 4 Follow signs to your destination - Omeath, Carlingford, Greenore etc.
From the North 1 Head south out of Belfast on the M1 towards Dublin. Once on the motorway you are just an hour away. 2 After about 10 miles, exit at junction 7, left signposted to Dublin & Newry on the A1 3 Drive towards Newry, follow signs for the The Quays - a shopping centre with a multiplex cinema & Sainsburys beside the Newry Canal. 4 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. (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 Carlingford & Greenore).