The Great Eastern Greenway
“Carlingford Lough may or may not be a true fjord but everyone, both before and since the Vikings who named it, recognises its scenic beauty and peace. Louth County Council, working in partnership with local farmers, and with funding from the government’s Transport 21 programme, has built a new footpath and cycleway, the Great Eastern Greenway, along the lough’s southern shore. Built mostly along the old railway line, the Greenway connects Omeath and Carlingford and as an old railway line it’s also very level.
“It’s a great place for a bit of a walk and ideal for novice cyclists, including the wee ones. The Greenway provides great views across the lough to the mountains of Mourne, while Slieve Foy towers over it on the Louth side. The Greenway runs through fields full of grazing sheep, over old level crossings and even a few bridges. There are trees, wildflowers and birds to be seen along most of the way too.
“It’s a great day out, with a variety of restaurants and cafes, in both Omeath and Carlingford, in which you can reward yourself after your (gentle) exertions.