Long Distance Way Marked Ways

Long Distance Way Marked Ways

The Táin Way


Carlingford Tourist Office
Old Railway Station
Republic of Ireland


This is a place steeped in legend, and the site of the epic saga known as The Cattle Raid of Cooley, which tells of a battle between Queen Meabh of Connacht and the champion Cú Chulainn over the Brown Bull of Cooley, an animal of great size and reputation.

Apart from the sagas, plenty of evidence survives of the Cooley’s rich historical past in its passage graves, portal tombs and the well-preserved medieval town of Carlingford, where John, the Magna Carta king, had a great castle built. Like all places off the beaten track, the Cooley has an aura of agelessness and has become a popular place to escape to, however briefly, and overnight accommodation options are plentiful.

The Táin Way is a circular route that loops around Carlingford Mountain (590m) and its western outliers, touching the top of one at Clermont, which has a Bronze Age cairn. Terrain consists mainly of quiet roads, forestry tracks, and open mountain paths, and from the high points the views are spectacularly good, northwards across Carlingford Lough to the Mournes, and southwards down the east coast. Total aggregate ascent is about 1000m, including a few long ascents.

Dogs are not permitted on farmland.


40km/25 miles

Estimated Time

2 Days





Minimum Gear

Hiking Boots, raingear, snack, fluid, mobile phone


Minor roads, laneways, hillside tracks


Tourist Office, Carlingford, Co Louth

Ordinance Survey of Ireland Discovery Series 1:50,000 Sheet 36; Ordinance Survey of Northern Ireland 1:50,000 Sheets 29 and 36A. OSI Discovery Series Sheet 36 and The Táin Way Map Guide (EastWest Mapping) available at Carlingford Tourist Office.

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