In early August, we took a 5 day family holiday to Carlingford, Co.Louth. By now if you’re a regular reader, you know I like to review everywhere we go from the point of view of a mom with a toddler. We haven’t holidayed in Ireland in a very long time. However, this year we decided a short staycation was in order. Alongside my small family, my fiance’s parents and grandmother are coming along on the trip too.
We have rented a house in Carlingford. Fun story, I have been talking to a lovely woman that commented on my YouTube videos and we chat on a weekly basis. We bonded over our love of Walt Disney World in Orlando. Long story short, I found out she had some holiday homes in Carlingford and I jumped at the chance to rent one from her. The house itself was lovely, only a 2-minute walk to Carlingford town. It was well equipped and I will definitely be returning.
The town of Carlingford is stunning. The scenery has everything you need, mountains, water and cute, quaint buildings. There is a large variety of places to eat, from gastropubs, Cafe, Bistros and more. They offer the normal range of food like chicken, steak but the speciality in many of the places is the Oysters. The shops are very varied, quaint craft/gift shops, a sweet shop, antique stores and some boutique clothing/footwear stores.
Eating out in Carlingford
During our trip, we got a take away from Ma Bakers. We also had meals out at McAteers The Food House (brunch) and Carlingford Arms (dinner). Eating out with a toddler is always tricky. My daughter Ava is an extremely fussy eater. We feed her at home and bring snacks to the restaurant for her.
At brunch in McAteers The Food House, Ava was sleeping in her stroller. This restaurant is very spacious and has more than enough space for strollers. On both occasions, we dined at Carlingford Arms the stroller needed to be folded or placed elsewhere as space was tight. However, we found the staff in Carlingford Arms very accommodating, they had colours and paper for Ava and also presented her with a balloon when we were leaving.
Activities in Carlingford
During our 5 days stay in Carlingford, we spent a few days exploring the ancient ruins and shops around town including King John’s Castle and Carlingford Priory. We also spent some time walking around the marina and various piers in the town. Another attraction we visited was the Folklore Park and Fairy Village.
Around 10 minutes from Carlingford is a Templetown Beach. On the day we visited there was only a handful of people but the scenery was stunning. While there are some stones, as you get closer to the water there is plenty of sand for building sandcastles.
Carlingford has a playground in the centre of town, quite small but it does the job. Our toddler enjoyed some playtime here every day. About 8 minutes drive away is an excellent playground in Cooley, from my understanding this is new and the equipment is varied and fun.
Carlingford with a toddler
Ava had a ball during the time away. She loved having unlimited time with her grandparents. She loved playing at the playground, throwing stones in the Carlingford Lough and viewing the chickens that live at the Folklore park. Whilst the pubs. shops and restaurants are tight on space, it’s not too off-putting.
Carlingford is a place I would recommend you to visit with your babies, toddlers and young children. We plan to return and there is still lots of new things for us to see and do. I want to walk the Greenway, take a ferry around the lough and perhaps go ziplining or kayaking.
I have uploaded some snippets of our holiday to my YouTube channel. You can view our A Week in the life|| Carlingford || Titanic Belfast here.
I’d love to know if you have visited Carlingford, let me know in the comments.
Until next time,