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Warrenpoint is a picturesque town and a busy port in south County Down. It lies on the northern shore of Carlingford Lough at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and facing Omeath and Carlingford across the lough at the foot of the Cooley Mountains in County Louth. It is known for its scenic location, the Maiden of the Mournes festival, the Blues on the Bay music festival and for the nearby Narrow Water Castle dating from the 1660s.
What is now Warrenpoint long ago consisted of a small number of basic dwellings inhabited by people reliant on fishing for their survival and sustenance. Its scenic beauty and coastal location instigated rapid development over the centuries. In the mid-19th century, Newry merchants obtained a government grant to create a tidal dock at the village, as prior to 1850 ships of above 150 tonnes could not get further up the lough than Narrow Water.
After much lobbying by local business interests, a railway connection was opened in May 1849, increasing Warrenpoint’s popularity as a holiday destination. With other ancillary developments, Warrenpoint soon became popular as a resort town. Thousands flocked to the resort every year, where most took the passenger ferry to Omeath in County Louth. Sadly for the town, the Warrenpoint railway station closed in January 1965. The Ferry remains in operation but only in the summer months from May to September.
The town is an excellent place to use as a base for a holiday encompassing exploring a number of counties both north and south of the border. There are good accommodation and leisure facilities available in the town, including an excellent 18-hole golf course.