October 2010

County Louth isn’t renowned for its swimming spots and Giles Quay is one of the better ones. This is an attractive harbour, located off the road to Carlingford and the Cooley mountains.

The beach here is a mixture of sand and stone, but it certainly doesn’t look its best when the tide is low. As well as swimming from the beach you will also see people swimming from the harbour. We couldn’t vouch for the cleanliness of the water in the harbour area.

There is a large car park beyond the harbour where you will also find very basic toilets. There is a rough ramp/slipway down to the beach which is manageable with a buggy but not for wheelchairs


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From Dublin you take the M1 northbound and you leave it at exit 18, which is signposted for Carlingford and Cooley. From this exit you get onto the R173, signposted Carlingford. Travelling on this road watch for a right turn signposted for Giles Quay and numbered L7079.

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