The small but perfectly formed county of Louth on Ireland’s East Coast covers an area of only 317 miles, but is packed with exceptional attractions from the dramatic landscape around Carlingford Lough to the historically rich Boyne Valley.
Central to Ireland’s ancient past, Louth is filled with ancient relics and monuments, while the scenery in the north around the beautiful and dramatic Cooley Peninsula resounds with legend, myth and folk tales.. Read More
The narrow and hilly streets of Drogheda are packed with history with the remnants of Cromwell seen throughout the town. Visit the towering St. Laurence’s Gate and St. Oliver’s severed head in St. Peter’s Church.
Along the coast of Louth, explore the pretty fishing villages of Termonfeckin and Clogherhead before visiting the High Cross at Monasterboice and journey on to Dundalk, the gateway to Carlingford.
Steeped in history and adorned with coastal beauty, County Louth has something for every explorer. From fun in the water at Carlingford Lough to discovering ancient monastic settlements, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Ireland’s smallest county. With many charming seaside villages dotted along the coast, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and explore.
Louth is located midway between Dublin and Belfast. Louth is only a 20-minute drive from Dublin Airport and an hour and half from Belfast International Airport offering direct flights from over 100 destinations around Europe, the USA and Middle East.
The main ports of entry are Cork, Dublin, Rosslare and Belfast. Dublin Port is approximately 30 minutes drive from Louth and Larne is 2 hours drive. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Rosslare and Dublin ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
There are many Bus Éireann Expressway services operating in County Meath connecting with Dublin, Dublin Airport, Westport, Galway, Belfast and Shannon Airport
Irish Rail operates frequent ‘Enterprise’, Inter-City and regular services on the Dublin/Belfast line to Drogheda and Dundalk. Visit www.irishrail.ie for more information.
Old Mellifont Abbey
Old Mellifont Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh. The site is located just a 10 minute drive from Drogheda and features an unusual octagonal lavabo in which the monks washed their hands, dating from circa 1200.
The Old Mellifont Abbey Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages, with fine examples of their craft on display, alongside remnants of the abbey’s gate and its church.
Drogheda Museum Millmont
Located in the great fort that towers over the town of Drogheda—the gateway to the Boyne Valley, Drogheda Museum Millmount is one of County Louth’s most significant heritage sites. Situated on a great mound, clearly visible from all parts of the town, the museum is housed within a large fort that played a crucial part in Drogheda’s history.
The fort has been a dominant feature in Drogheda since its time as a Norman settlement, to Cromwell’s invasion and the more recent civil war in 1922. The latter event saw the famous Martello Tower on the site shelled and all but destroyed. Drogheda Museum Millmount houses a wide variety of artefacts of local and national importance. Chief amongst the attractions are the unique collection of Guild and Trade Banners—a collection recognised by Ireland’s National Museum as being of special significance as it includes the only remaining guild banners in Ireland.
Listoke Distillery and Gin School
Discover Listoke Distillery and Gin School, Ireland’s only gin school. Enjoy a warm welcome and indulge in the perfect serve as you’re handed a refreshing Listoke 1777 gin and tonic. Take a guided tour of the distillery and learn about the production, the botanicals, the equipment and the bottling process. Listen to a comprehensive history of the distilling and brewing process at Listoke. Head to the schoolroom to choose your blend of botanicals with citrus, spices and floral notes, and distill a personalised gin on a miniature copper pot still.
Carlingford Adventure Centre
Carlingford Adventure Centre is only a short drive from Dundalk. It provides outdoor pursuits and activity holidays for kids and adults. The ethos of the centre is to offer fun and challenging activities in a safe and friendly environment. There are over 20 great activities here in three different zones; on the ground, on the water and in the air. Take to the water and explore beautiful Carlingford Lough before trying fun activities in the Cooley Mountains. Try your hand at canoeing, kayaking, water trampolines, rock climbing, abseiling, archery, laser quest, the Crystal Maze challenge, the high ropes course and much more.
Carlingford Lough Ferry
Check out the Carlingford Lough Ferry, a car ferry service across Carlingford Lough that links Greencastle, Co. Down and Greenore, Co. Louth. Carlingford Lough Ferry takes you from the medieval town of Carlingford to the majestic Kingdom of Mourne – the gateway to Northern Ireland. See historic Greencastle Castle, marvel at Haulbowline Lighthouse and spot basking seals on the Green Islands.