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Chilling out on the Cooley - an east coast treat

  Carlingford is a real east coast treat, perfect for a short break or weekend getaway and there's far more to this historic heritage town than meets the eye. When I mentioned to a few people that I was planning on a visit to Carlingford they tried to warn me off. ‘Nothing but stag and hen parties’, ‘Gets rough at the weekends’, ‘Mobbed with crowds coming down from the North’ was the cautionary advice. It’s true that Carlingford is popular with young people, which makes it busy, especially in the summer months and it is a favourite haunt for stags and hens for their pre-nuptial revelry. However, when we used it as an overnight staging post for a fortnight foray into the Causeway Coastal route, I liked the feel of the place and determined to return. We have returned on a couple of further occasions since and confirmed that our first impressions were correct - Carlingford on the Cooley peninsula is an east coast treat. It’s ideal for a day trip, a weekend away or a short break.

Everything is autumn - awesome opportunities for great off-peak camping