CARLINGFORD 1 hour north of Dublin, on the Cooley Peninsula.
Located halfway between Dublin and Belfast, Carlingford was raided and occupied by the Vikings in the 8th and 9th centuries. It retains its original narrow medieval streets and lanes and is Ireland’s best-preserved medieval village, and its sheltered harbor provides views across the water of the majestic Slieve Foye mountain and the famous mountains of Mourne.
●Ghan House +353 (0) 42937-3682. 12 rooms. Situated beside Carlingford Lough and just a short stroll from the village, this L-shaped 18th-century Early Georgian house has been converted into an inn that is probably most famous for its restaurant. The kitchen staff grows their own vegetables and makes all stocks, chutneys, jams, breads, and ice creams in house.
●P.J. O’Hare pub Tholsel St., 042-9373106. Established in 1860, this popular pub pours a proper Guinness and is also a great spot for an Irish coffee. Don’t leave without viewing the display of leprechaun bones in a wall cabinet.
●Carlingford Oyster Company This renowned oyster farm is home to the famous Carlingford Oyster.
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