Scenic Carlingford Ferry
Scenic Carlingford Ferry operates a continuous car ferry service across the Carlingford Lough linking Greencastle, Co. Down and Greenore, Co. Louth. The crossing takes 15 minutes (approx) and caters for all types of vehicles, foot passengers and cyclists (strictly no articulated lorries).
The Scenic Carlingford Ferry is the first car vehicle ferry service across Carlingford Lough which links the historic and mythical Ireland’s Ancient East, from the Cooley Mountains to the majestic Kingdom of Mourne which is the gateway to Northern Ireland. The previous two ferries having carried passengers only.
The first ferry was recorded in 1185 AD and sailed between the medieval castles at Carlingford and Greencastle, this was followed in the 19th century by the Greenore Greencastle ferry which carried the first tourists. Whether it is your journey to work or discovering this beautiful, romantic undiscovered part of the world for the first time, this is not just a ferry ride but a journey back in time.
The 38 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse one of the most scenic stretches of water on the island of Ireland where you can take in the mountains, seascapes and wildlife.
While onboard you cannot fail to miss the historic 13th Century Royal Greencastle Castle, the tapering Mourne granite 112ft tall Haulbowline Lighthouse, which stands guard at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, along with the Block House and Green Islands where the seals bask. Once you depart Greencastle look across the Lough up to the medieval town of Carlingford where once Vikings occupied the land. Depending on the state of the tide you will see the oyster and mussel farms which grow seafood on the shores of the Lough, which can be sampled in many local restaurants.
Whether you are staying in the area or taking a day trip, the Scenic Carlingford Ferry is a new and fun way to travel further and enjoy more. Why don’t you keep the wheels turning and enjoy Cooley Peninsula scenic drive, the Ring of Gullion scenic drive or Mourne Coastal Route scenic drive.
You can visit the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Course in Newcastle or the mature, inland, Par 72 championship course in Kilkeel. Challenge yourself in Greenore, Dundalk, Ardee, Drogheda, County Louth Golf Club, Warrenpoint, Downpatrick or Ardglass to name a few.
You can travel to the Mountain Bike trails in Rostrevor and enjoy a mountain biker’s haven. For a day out with the kids make sure you make a splash at Funtasia in Drogheda, or get involved in outdoor pursuits at Carlingford Adventure Centre. Perhaps venture further south to Newgrange Farm, Tayto Park or Dublin Zoo.
Heading further North you can visit Titanic Belfast, W5, Giant’s Causeway or Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Your options are endless when you take the scenic route.