Omeath is a small and traditional coastal village that developed when the Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway began bringing visitors to the beautiful shores of Carlingford Lough in Victorian times. The railway closed in the 1950s but a stunning Greenway has been built along the old rail line, introducing this spectacular stretch of coastline to a new generation of visitors.
Omeath nestles at the foot of the Cooley Mountains, famed in Irish legend, and looks across the water to the sweeping Mountains of Mourne. The Great Eastern Greenway runs along the Lough’s southern shore, connecting Omeath with the historic village of Carlingford.
Because it mostly follows the original railway line, the Greenway is generally flat and ideal for walking and cycling by people of all ages. With Slieve Foy towering above it on one side and the calm waters of the Lough on the other, the Greenway courses through fields and over old level crossings and bridges, making it ideal for nature lovers. Apart from a 300-metre stretch coming into Omeath, the 7-kilometre trail is safe and mainly off-road, taking around 2 hours to complete (visit www.carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie )
In Omeath, the access point is beside the pier. In summer, a foot passenger ferry service and other Lough cruises operate between here and Warrenpoint on the northern shore of Carlingford Lough.