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Nestled between Co. Down on it’s northern shores and the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth on the South, the area around Carlingford Lough is one of outstanding natural beauty. Steeped in legend and history the area has something for everyone. We hope our website helps you to explore and fall in love with all it has to offer.

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Photo of the week

This week's photo features this stunning aerial view over Greencastle, Co. Down. It was taken by Andrew McLaughlin about 2 weeks ago and shared earlier this week. Andrew came back home from Canada where he currently lives to be with his Granny for her 90th birthday and to spread the ashes of his father who sadly passed away in January. What an emotional journey. This picture was taken with Andrew's drone as he waited with his Granny and Aunt and Uncle to take a trip on the Carlingford Lough Ferry.

Greencastle, is a small village/hamlet 3 miles from Cranfield, which lies along the northern shores of Carlingford Lough at the foot of the majestic Mournes in Co. Down. It derives its name from its Norman fortress known by the same name. Recorded as Viride Castrum - 'green castle' in early Latin - many believe it is named after the surrounding fertile countryside. The castle was built by Hugh de Lacy around the same time as King John's castle in Carlingford in the early 13th century. Due to various attacks on the castle over time, the current castle is a mix of 13th – 16th century additions and changes. The old wooden pier which is a listed structure was important in the past and was the start of the journey of Mourne potatoes to England. It was owned by the old London and North Western Railways who ran a paddle steamer once daily with passengers and was of great local significance as a ferry terminal between Greencastle and Greenore. This old tradition of passenger/vehicles from Greencastle to Greenore has been revived with the launch of the Scenic Carlingford Ferry in recent years.