King John Castle

St. John's Castle
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Name St. John's Castle County Louth Nearest Town Dundalk Access Road R173 About King Johns Castle Carlingford (Caislen R Shein) is located in the beautiful medieval village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth.

The area is nicknamed the Killarney of the North and whilst this may be some what overstated, it is a truly stunning area of natural beauty.

Despite the western part of the Castle being commissioned by Hugh de Lacy c.
1190, the castle owes its name to King John (Richard the Lionhearts brother) who visited Carlingford in 1210.

The eastern part was constructed in the mid 13th century with alterations and editions occurring in the 15th and 16th centuries.

In the 1950s, the Office of Public Works (OPW) undertook conservation work to stabilize the structure.

An excellent view of the north pier and Carlingford Lough can be had from the viewing area on the western side of the castle, though the castle itself tends to remain locked to the general public for their safety.