Enjoy the breathtaking views of the scenic Cooley mountains on this wonderful weekend of guided treks suitable for all grades of walkers. The festival will offer geological walks, fascinating historical walks and a spectacular night walk.
The walks are varied and cater for all levels of fitness. Walks will include hikes in the Cooley mountains, "Siúlóid as Gaelige" in Omeath and a Guided Walking Tour of Medieval Carlingford.
Festival registration at The Foy Centre, Carlingford
Registration is compulsory. Only registered walkers will be allowed on the festival guided walks! Please ensure to check bus departure times for walk starts.
Friday 28th February
6.30pm Night Walk
Saturday 1st March
This challenging route will begin at the bottom of Slieve Foy mountain, cross the Two Mile River, climb Eagles Rock, across the summit ridge, circling down to pass through Barnavave and the Famine village during its descent.
The festival introduces a newly developed walk which will offer a loop around Carnawaddy to Doonan, returning to the Lumpers Bar, taking in some spectacular views along the way.
A nice Saturday morning walk beginning in Rockmarshal, heading into the low heights of the Cooley Mountains but still offering some nice lovely views of Dundalk Bay and the peninsula.
This fascinating walk is a new feature in the 2014 Festival programme. A local historian will walk the mountainside of Omeath relating stories of this previous gaeltacht area. The walk offers a unique opportunity to socialise outdoors as gaelige. Irish language speaking is not compulsory - just enjoy the experience of listening to our native tongue amidst beautiful countryside and maybe learn a focal or two.!.
There are refreshments at finishing points of all graded walks so please come and have some craic before departing from us!
Download the Festival programme and Registration form here
Sunday 2nd March
This challenging route offers spectacular views of Carlingford Lough, Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Peninsula. The route will travel past historical sites such as Carnawaddy and The Clermont Cairn before returning to The Lumpers.
10.30amLong Woman's Walk - Grade 2
Starting Point The Long Woman’s Grave Omeath
Time 4 hours Distance 10kms Ascent 500m
Difficulty - Fairly Strenuous
Registration from 8.45am Bus Departing 10.15am From The Foy Centre Beginning 10.30am
Beginning at the legendry grave of the long woman, the route takes you over the rugged landscape of the mountainside including Foxes Rock, Raven’s Rock, The White Bog, Eagles Rock, Sliabh Foye and back into the medieval village of Carlingford.
A good grade 3 walk that explains the geology and archaeology of the Gap of the North, led by the geologist and archaeologist from the Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project. The walk will start and finish at Faughart in County Louth and will take you across into County Armagh for information stops at the Kilnasaggart stone and Moyry Castle.
Interesting tour of the medieval town of Carlingford. The tour will visit the following sites: Holy Trinity Church, The Dominican Friary, The Mint, The Tholsel, Taaffes Castle and King Johns Castle, providing information on the towns origin, its position within national history and offer an insight into daily life during the medieval period of 1200 and onwards.
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