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Tain Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Circular
Trail Quality: **
County: Louth
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 40.00
Climb (m): 1025
Estimated time: 2 days
Start point: Carlingford
Start point grid ref: J 188 117
End point: Carlingford
End point grid ref: J 188 117
Nearest town to start: Carlingford
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheet 36
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start/Finish - on street in Carlingford or in car park on main road
Public transport: At Start: Bus Monday to Saturday Check with Bus Eireann.
Map guide available: Táin Way Map Guide - EastWest Mapping - available from EastWest Mapping, Clonegal, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, 054-77835, info@eastwestmapping.ie


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Description of Trail

The Cooley peninsula is a mountainous finger of land that extends 19 km from County Louth into the Irish Sea between Carlingford Lough and Dundalk Bay. It 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.

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21 kms or 52% of the Way follows local roads.
***No dogs allowed on farmland***

Trail management organisation contact details

Carlingford Tourist Office, Carlingford Co. Louth Tel: +353 (0) 42 937 3033 Email: info@carlingford.ie Web: www.carlingford.ie

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