Following the popularity of our “Films you might not have know were filmed in Ireland” post this week, we thought we’d take a look at our fantastic island and pick out our favourite site-seeing spots on the Northern East coast. These are definitely Instagram worthy! If you know of any hidden gems we need to visit, let us know.
Warrenpoint – County Down
The small town of Warrenpoint in County Down is a beautiful little spot lieing on the northern shore of Carlingford Lough. It overlooks the Omeath area and seperated by a narrow straith.
The town, locally known as “The Point” is known for it’s scenic location and has a passenger ferry service between itself and Omeath.
Points of interest include Narrow Water Castle, which is a three storey tower house built in 1560 and Mourne Mountains (pictured), which is a granite mountain range nearby and the first national park in Northern Ireland.
Blackrock – Dundalk
This little seaside village in Dundalk, County Louth, is picture perfect with it’s long promenade and postcard scenery. This place includes a number of restaurants and pubs along the front and is the perfect setting with views across the Cooley Mountains.
There has been an increase in the sport of Kitesurfing in the area, and is an ideal location for learning when the tide is out with shallow depths and flat water. The opening of the M1 Motorway to Dublin has allowed an easy commute.
Carlingford – County Louth
The coastal town of Carlingford in County Louth, situated between Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foy, is a traditional setting with mediaval streets and a lot of history.
Places of interest include King John’s Castle, commissioned in 1186, the Mint, a fortified three story town house and the market square, which is now the main street in Carlingford.
The Wicklow Mountains form the largest continuous upland area in Ireland, occupying the whole centre of County Wicklow and stretches in to Counties Wexford, Carlow and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Home to many Deer and Goat, this area of Ireland is a great spot for walking with many trails throughout. It’s also a great spot for rock climbing, hillwalking, orienteering, mountain biking and bird watching. Highly recommend this place for a weekend getaway!