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Tain Way
Carlingford, Co. Louth
Free to visit
Get off the beaten track and discover one of the best-kept secrets in Louth on the Táin Way. This long-distance circular route around the county’s highest peak will bring you through a landscape brimming with myths, legends, and unmatched scenery to really let your imagination run wild.

Set out from the pretty waterside town of Carlingford to take on the Táin Way, 40km of quiet roads, forest and mountain paths that form a loop around the scenic, mountain-dotted Cooley peninsula. This well-marked, popular route is ideal for hikers of average fitness looking for a fulfilling walking challenge that can be enjoyed over a weekend or short break.

With some seriously great scenery to revel in - from woodlands and open mountainsides to unspoilt shorelines - this route is a must-do in Ireland’s Ancient East.

With a total aggregate ascent of 1000m or so, the Táin Way poses a modest test of endurance, but rewards those who take it on in spades with panoramic views from lookout points over Carlingford Lough, the Mournes, Dundalk Bay, and even the east coast of Ireland looking south.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Carlingford Ravensdale
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 days
    Nearest town start:Carlingford
    Nearest town finish:Carlingford
    Start point:Carlingford
    Finish point:Carlingford
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking
    At Start/Finish - on street in Carlingford or in car park on main road
Why we like it
  • The Táin Way is often walked as a detour along the Ulster Way.
  • Customise your journey with the option of two alternative trailheads for the route: set off from Omeath via Clermont Bridge or from Ravensdale, where you can park at Lumpers Pub. Both will end in Carlingford.
  • The Cooley peninsula is famous for being the site of the mythical Cattle Raid of Cooley, where Queen Meabh of Connacht battled the warrior Cú Chulainn over the enormous Brown Bull of Cooley.
  • Rich history abounds in this region; along the trail you’ll pass passage graves, portal tombs, and more.
  • The start and endpoint of the trail, Carlingford, is known for its history too; King John’s castle was built here in the 13th century.
  • Overnight accommodation options are plentiful, making planning your walk a breeze.
Contact details
Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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