Co. Louth, East

Strategically located in the middle of the main East Coast corridor between Dublin and Belfast, Louth is enthusiastic about the opportunities provided by the opening of the M1 motorway whjch now runs smoothly west of Dundalk. To the south, it crosses to Meath over the River Boyne near Drogheda on a handsome modern structure which is the largest cable-stayed bridge of its type in Ireland, a much admired and award-winning structure designed by Joe O’Donovan.   With traffic pressure removed from its other roads, Louth begins to find itself. Though it may be Ireland's smallest county at only 317 square miles (it’s just an eighth the size of Cork, the largest), Louth still manages to be two or even three counties in one, yet the locals cheerfully call it “the wee county”. 

Much of it is fine farmland, and this is celebrated with an annual Cooley Vintage Festival with a tractor world rally which in early August 2007 assembled at least 2,212 vintage tractors from 22 countries – in 2008 they’ll be aiming for 2,500. The farmland is at its most productive in the area west of the extensive wildfowl paradise of Dundalk Bay, on whose shores we find the attractive village of Blackrock, one of Ireland's better kept secrets. But as well there are the distinctive uplands in the southwest, whose name of Oriel recalls an ancient princedom which is also remembered in Port Oriel, the busy fishing port at Clogherhead.

In the north of the county, the Cooley Mountains sweep upwards in a style which well matches their better-known neighbours, the Mountains of Mourne, on the other side of the handsome inlet of Carlingford Lough. Its name might suggest that this is a genuine fjord, but it isn't. However, its beauty is such that there's more than enough to be going along with, and on its Louth shore the ancient little port of Carlingford town used to be a best-kept secret. It was a quiet little place imbued with history, but today it is happily prospering both as a recreational harbour for the Dundalk and Newry area, and as a bustling visitor attraction in its own right.

The county's three main townships of Ardee, Dundalk and Drogheda each have their own distinctive style, and all three have been finding fresh vitality in recent years. The historic borough of Drogheda is the main commercial port with its harbour authority adding a new facility across the county border at Bremore in Meath. Drogheda’s river valley is crossed by the Boyne Railway Viaduct of 1855 vintage, a remarkable piece of engineering work that it is reckoned one of the seven wonders of Ireland. Dundalk is the county town, and home to the Louth Museum, where a recent acquisition is the riding jacket worn by William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.


Local Attractions and Information

Ardee (Tallanstown)   Knockabbey Castle & Gardens +353 (0)42 9374690

Carlingford                 Carlingford Adventure Centre +353 (0)42 9373100 

Carlingford                            Carlingford Sea School +353 (0)42 9373879

Carlingford                                         Heritage Trust +353 (0)42 9373888

Carlingford                               Tourism Information +353 (0)42 9373033

Castlebellingham              Farm Market                       +353 (0)404 43885  

Drogheda                       Beaulieu House and garden +353 (0)41 9838557

Drogheda                              Droichead Arts Centre  +353 (0)41 9833946

Drogheda                                   Millmount Museum +353 (0)41 9833097

Drogheda (Tullyallen)               Old Mellifont Abbey +353 (0)41 9826459

Drogheda                                 Tourism Information +353 (0)41 9837070

Dundalk                                 Louth County Museum +353 (0)42 9327056

Dundalk                                   Tourism Information +353 (0)42 9335484 

Termonfeckin  Irish Countrywomens Assoc. College  +353 (0)41 9822119


















Gardens

Beaulieu House & Gardens, Drogheda County Louth
Beaulieu House, Gardens and Car Museum
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Beaulieu is a very special place, remarkable for its age, its history, and the fact that the same family have lived in the house ever since it was completed in 1666. The enclosed garden dates from a few decades later may have been designed by the ...

Golf

The Hotel and 18th Green
Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Course Type: Parkland
Originally established in 1991, the 18-hole championship golf course at the 4 Star Nuremore Hotel & Country club has been described as one of the most picturesque parkland courses in the country and acknowledged as one of the finest amenities ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Tankardstown House & Cottages
Slane, Co. Meath
Tricia and and Brian Conroy’s magnificent Georgian country house with cottages is available to hire for an exclusive stay or to host a private house party (maximum sixty guests). Set in parkland near the charming village of Slane in Coun ...

What's On

Drogheda Farmers Market - Co Louth - Thursdays
Drogheda West Street Farmers Market - Thursdays 10am-5pm

West St. , Drogheda, Co Louth

Contact: Andy O'Reilly, 087 283 7633 Andre Jenkinson, 087 901 7693

Tourist Attractions

Funtasia Waterpark - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Funtasia Waterpark
Drogheda, Co. Louth
This Egyptian themed entertainment center includes pirates cove interactive waterpark with over 200 water gushing activities including the adrenalin pumping super bowl speed slide and the Boomerang. Other attractions include the Atlantis Cove ...

Wedding Venues

Tankardstown House - Wedding Venue - Slane County Meath Ireland
Tankardstown House
Slane, Co. Meath
Whether for a short break, a special occasion, a good meal or just a light bite and a browse around the garden and gift shop, this lovely period property near Slane is well worth a special visit. Arriving at dusk with the courtyard fountain, ...
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