Carlingford Lough

Louth  >  Ireland

Sea inlet with scenic views and a variety of birds. Worth visiting few times a year as lots of seasonal spieces visit this area.

Added by Maggie


Carlingford Lough is a glacial fjord or sea inlet. It is situated between Cooley and Mourne Mountains and a great place to see all sorts of waders and gulls. The Carlingford Lough is a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention) and 830.51 hectares in area. It supports nationally important breeding populations. Among the birds you can see are Little Egret, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Shelduck, Common Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Brent Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whooper Swan, Northern Lapwing and Common Greenshank.



Park your car in Carlingford town. If possible avoid weekends as this is a touristic area and the town is very busy during weekends. Check the tides - during low tide birds will be far away and you will need telescope to spot them. Take a walk along the road looking at the louth - plenty of birds to be seen.

Terrain and Habitat

Sea, City/village



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration, Winter


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

You can also see lots of seals and a dolphin at Greenore Port. In 2020 during Autumn migration a family of Razorbill was spotted resting here for a week.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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