CAI Visit Carlingford August 2022
Carlingford is a magical village on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough. The name derives from Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr ‘narrow sea-inlet of the hag’. Historical records show the Vikings occupied Carlingford Lough as it is a naturally secure inlet. I’m not sure this was in the minds of the five boat crews who entered the lough for the August Bank Holiday weekend flying the insignia of the CAI. The marina, under the management of Johnny Monnelly, made us very welcome and he and his colleague Paddy had reserved berths for the boats and were there to take lines and assist with berthing. Once settled in, the 12 crew members relaxed and enjoyed the hospitality of the marina restaurant and bar and we were treated to a complimentary drink by Johnny. Sunday was a day of relaxation and the weather was fine for those who set off walking on the Táin Way to Omeath or exploring the medieval narrow streets of the village.
Later in the day a party of eight visited Ghan House for a sumptuous meal. This is an elegant example of an early Georgian house built in 1727 by William Stannus and it is enclosed by 3 acres of walled gardens. We were very relaxed in this secluded hostelry away from the noisy pubs in the village which was thronged with revellers. We retired to the marina for a quiet drink and it was off to bed early for a 05.00 departure on Monday. The lough and mountains were resplendent as the sun rose and it was a treat to sail down the lough surrounded by such beauty. The passage south was calm until mid-morning when the approaching low pressure front brought southerly winds. It was a fabulous weekend and it was topped off by the sighting of a Minke whale near the Rockabill light. The crew are indebted to Fiona Davis for her organisation of this memorable weekend cruise. We recommend Carlingford Marina highly as a very welcoming and relaxing port of call for sailors.