The Carlingford system covers an area of approximately 340 square miles (540 square kilometres) stretching across much of three counties. The rivers that run into Carlingford Lough rise in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, the Cooley Mountains of County Louth and Slieve Gullion in County Armagh - hills that hold many of the spawning waters of Carlingford salmon and trout.
The fishing in the Carlingford catchment offers wide variety: sea trout anglers can get cracking sport out of good runs from mid-July onwards on the Whitewater River; there is salmon to be had; some great trout fishing in the rivers and lakes; coarse and pike fishing in the canal and some of the lakes; and there is superb sea angling from shore or charter boat.
The Carlingford area is readily accessible, with air routes into Dublin and Belfast from most parts of England, Scotland and Wales, as well as flights from several European countries and North America. This part of Ireland is well served by car ferries, too, and the main Belfast to Dublin road (A1 / N1) runs through the area, leaving most parts less than an hours drive from these cities. There is also a railway station at Newry.
Please remember that access to rivers and lakes is often across private property. Such access is by kind permission of the owner and the continued co-operation of landowners relies on trust - both on the part of the angler and the landowner. Anglers should always respect the environment but also have due regard for the property of others;- land, livestock, crops, fences, gates, farmyards and lanes.