Táin Way

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On the Táin Way below Carlingford Mountain

The Táin Way is a walking trail around the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It is a circular Route 25 miles long which begins and ends in Carlingford. The walk is typically completed in two days.[1]

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office and is managed by the local council, Coillte and the Walks Partnership Group.[2]

The walk takes its name from an ancient tale the Táin Bó Cúailnge ('The Cattle Raid of Cooley'), a legend of early Irish literature, many of whose events take place on the Cooley peninsula.[3] The trail was devised by J. B. Malone and opened in 1986.[4]

The route

The trail starts in Carlingford, climbing along the northern slopes of Slieve Foy, the county's highest mountain before crossing Clermont Pass, below Clermont Carn, to reach the village of Ravensdale.[5]

From Ravensdale, the route follows a ridge between Carnawaddy and Castle Mountain in the Cooley Mountains before crossing the southern flanks of Slieve Foy to return to Carlingford.[6]

Outside links


  1. Tain Way on IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. National Trails Office 2010, p. 45.
  3. EastWest Mapping 2008.
  4. Stnaley, John (21 August 1986). "Legendary scenery on the Táin Trail". The Irish Times (Dublin): p. 6. 
  5. Fewer 1993, p. 179.
  6. Fewer 1993, p. 183.
  • EastWest Mapping (2008). Táin Way Map Guide. Clonegal: EastWest Mapping. ISBN 978-1-899815-22-7. 
  • Fewer, Michael (1993). Irish Long Distance Walks. A Guide to the Way-Marked Trails. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2040-6. 
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen