Carlingford Lough is an area of outstanding scenic beauty located on Ireland's east coast, mid way between Belfast and Dublin. The Lough itself is sheltered on its northern shores by the Mourne Mountains and by the Cooley range on the south side, with the commercial shipping port of Warrenpoint strategically located at its head. Beyond Warrenpoint and Narrow Water is the vibrant city of Newry, whilst just to the south of the Lough is Dundalk, a bustling commercial centre and the county town of Louth.
Newry & Mourne District Council, over the past 2 years have been involved in a Cross border Marine Tourism Project based in Carlingford Lough. The project involved €1.3million (Euro) of Interreg funded capital expenditure on improvements to the marine infrastructure of Carlingford Lough, this included improved canal access from Carlingford Lough to the vibrant city of Newry via the Newry Ship Canal, automated lock access to Newry Canal and newly installed navigational markers on its seaward approach from Warrenpoint, there were also additional and improved berthing facilities on the foreshores of Carlingford Lough at the picturesque villages of Carlingford, Omeath and Rostrevor.