Dreaming about the perfect Instagram post? Whether you get lucky with an amazing shot, or else just take a mediocre picture and filter the shit out of it – once posted you wait eagerly to see how many likes you can get.
That’s what it’s all about really, isn’t it? Getting as many likes as possible without having to sell your soul with a billion hashtags of course.
Carlingford and the Mourne Region is no doubt an extremely scenic and beautiful area so it should be easy really getting that perfect shot. However, we want to help you out even further so we have compiled the best #insta worthy spots.
1. Thosel Street
There is no doubt that Thosel Street makes a fantastic photograph. It’s cobbled pedestrian street in contrast with its colourful buildings is a beauty to behold. Lit up in the evening and at Christmas with twinkling lights, the street illuminates a magical feeling. The former gate house and Thosel with integral carriage arch, built c. 1450, lends itself to the naming of the street.
2. The Abbey
Also referred to as Carlingford Friary or Carlingford Priory, the rough coursed limestone and greywacke walls give a distinguished medieval feeling, the towering stonework and arches add the wow factor to your photograph. In rainy weather look out for reflection of these arches.
3. Top of Slieve Foye
The highest mountain peak in Co. Louth was never going to disappoint for a spectacular shot overlooking the Carlingford Lough & Mourne Mountains on one side and Dundalk Bay on the other. Rising to the top is a challenge that will reward you with likes for any shots captured is sure to please many audiences.
4. The Giant’s Chair
The Leprechaun and Fairy Cavern is a sight to behold for the young and the old. However when it comes to thee most Instagram worthy item, it is without a doubt The Giant’s Chair set on the backdrop of the ocean. The sign states that Fionn Mac Cumhaill owned this chair but Tommy Bowe reckons it was borrowed from Devon Toner.
5. The Lough Front
Relaxing on the wall enjoying a 99 ice cream whilst watching the sailors on the horizon during the summer or wrapped up enjoying the cold crisp air with a takeaway coffee during the winter? Needless to say, it’s a perfect backdrop of the Lough, framed by King John’s Castle.
6. The Greenway
The newest edition to Carlingford is this stretch of path from Carlingford to Omeath and now right through to Newry. The Greenway is for everyone from families taking bike rides, to couples having a romantic stroll, to fitness fanatics dashing to the finish line. Every step of the way is a beautiful view to take in.
Café culture is becoming quite the hobby for the young and the old. Carlingford has some very unique and quaint cafés, each one with a unique character waiting to be captured. Along with unique decor, try or capture some of the tasty pastries, sandwiches and drinks that Carlingford has to offer.
8. King Johns Castle
King John’s Castle was built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop overlooking Carlingford Lough. The Castle dominates the Lough, the harbour and the village. The castle itself is under renovation and is closed off to the public but it is still possible to encapsulate it in your picture.
9. Carlingford Lough Ferry
Take the scenic route with the ferry which goes from Greenore to Greencastle daily. There will be plenty of opportunities to capture including on occasion some on board surprises. This is a trip worth taking for the Instagram shot alone.
10. The Gratitude Bench
What are you grateful for? An extra few like? Well whether you receive those likes are not this rainbow coloured bench on Thosel Street is worth a visit for it will surely brighten your day.
11. The Marina
If boats are your dream then this is their car park. All sorts of beautiful boats and parked up here, set your sights on your favourite and capture it. What’s more is you can sit in the warmth of an Indian Restaurant overlooking these boats and the Lough
12. Flagstaff Viewpoint
When this viewpoint is listed on Lonely Planet you know it’s got to be good. If you want to see a spectacular view you usually have to climb a huge mountain but this overs a unique experience in that you can drive right to the top.
13. The Anchor
This large anchor sits on the sea-front, this area gathers lots of families, they love it as the little ones can play away on the stoney beach and enjoy picnics on the grass area. Great for little ones but also a great shot for any Instagram page especially when it is sunny.
14. The Pier
You will find swimmers, pier jumpers and adventure centre activities taking part at the Carlingford Pier. In sunny weather, you’ll find crowds of people participating and watching pier jumping enjoy the Lough.
15. Colourful Buildings
We are not sure if it was planned or not but Carlingford has an array of brightly coloured shop fronts and homes across the village. These beautiful colours make the perfect backdrop for a bright rainbow shot.
Now get out there and start Instagramming!