Enjoy Louth’s internationally important and protected coastline and the beautiful blue flag beaches of Port, Clogherhead and Templetown which offer sport and leisure opportunities. Discover the charming coastal villages of Clogherhead, Annagassan, Blackrock, Gyles Quay, Carlingford and Omeath.
Blackrock is a very special seaside village which lies on the shores of Dundalk Bay. Explore its beautiful beaches and wetlands, tranquil coves and rock pools and enjoy its many artisan shops, cafes and award-winning restaurants. Take a stroll along the charming promenade or simply take time out to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of the bay, backed by the Cooley Mountains.
Cooley Peninsula & Carlingford
To the north of County Louth is the Cooley Peninsula and the medieval town of Carlingford. The region boasts an array of great outdoor activities, adventure tourism and rich heritage. The area is famous for breathtaking scenery of Slieve Foy, the Cooley Mountains, Carlingford Lough and the Mountains of Mourne, together with legendary tales of the epic Táin Bo Culainge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). Spend time discovering Medieval Carlingfords many historic buildings, King John’s Castle, quaint shops, restaurants and maybe even taste the famous Carlingford Oysters.
Visit the Proleek Portal Tomb situated on the grounds of the Ballymascanlon Hotel, one of the finest examples of its kind in Ireland. The dolmen is about 3m high and has a huge capstone weighing approximately 35 tons. Legend says that a wish will be granted to anyone who can throw a pebble on its capstone so that it stays there. There is also a Bronze Age wedge tomb nearby.
Take a walk or cycle along the Carlingford Lough Greenway, built mostly along an old railway line connecting Carlingford to Omeath Village, the Greenway provides fantastic views across the lough to the Mountains of Mourne, while Slieve Foy towers over it on the Louth side. The Greenway runs through fields of grazing sheep, over old level crossings and there are trees, wildflowers and birds to be seen along the way.
Sailing between Greenore beneath the Cooley Mountains and Greencastle at the foot of the Mournes, the Carlingford Lough Ferry makes the journey part of your fun and is Ireland’s newest must-do visitor attraction. Travelling the 1 mile by Ferry, saves you over 30 miles and over an hour on the road and you will be spoilt for choice of places to visit, either side of the Lough and beyond.
The County Museum, Dundalk
The County Museum, Dundalk is one of Ireland’s finest Local Authority Museums. Opened in 1994 the Museum is located in a lovingly restored 18th C distillery. The distillery once boasted the tallest chimney in Ireland, but, could not draw smoke. The Warehouse subsequently came in to the possession of the Carroll’s Tobacco Group and was used as a bonded warehouse. With the gradual decline in global cigarette sales, the Carroll Group slowly scaled down their operation and presented the then Dundalk Urban District Council (now Louth County Council) with the warehouse on condition that it was used for the purposes of an interpretative Centre. The museum chronicles the historical development of County Louth from the Stone Age up to the present, through a combination of artefacts and computer interactives, over three galleries of permanent exhibition.
Address: County Museum Dundalk, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Cúchulainns Castle/Castletown Motte
The ruin of a late 18th century castellated house known as ‘Byrne’s Folly’ stands on top of the mound of Castletown Motte. It was built by Patrick Byrne, a well-known pirate, in 1780 ad. The motte is built on the site of a pre-Christian fort called Dún Dealgan, meaning ‘The Fort of Dealga’. This site is important in Irish mythology as it is said to be the birthplace of the legendary warrior – Cúchulainn. The standing stone that supposedly marks his burial can be seen in the field to the right as you go up the entrance lane. Access: Requires climbing over an old stone stile in the stone wall at the entrance. The site is located on ‘Mount Avenue’ on the western edge of Dundalk Town.
Phone: +353 (0) 42 9352111
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Address: Castletown Motte, Mount Avenue, Dundalk, Co. Louth