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Touring Louth

Dundalk Bay by Mary and Angus Hogg courtesy Geograph Ireland Dundalk St Nicholas church by Eric Jones courtesy Geograph Ireland The smallest Irish county, Louth, sits on the Irish Sea in the north-east of Ireland. Sited on the Kilcurry estuary, Dundalk is the county town. Birds inhabit the marshes and mud flats in the area. The county museum is housed in an 18th century warehouse where you can discover the history of Louth county through AV, artefacts, touch-screens, and film. St Nicholas church has a 14th century tower, while the main part dates from the 1700s. The Castletown motte and bailey is a circular mound with the ruins of a late 18th century castellated house.

Blackrock seaside promenade by Henry Clark courtesy Geograph Ireland South of Dundalk, Blackrock offers a seaside promenade with views. Castle Roche, near Dundalk, is an Anglo-Norman castle built in 1236 with two towers and a great hall. The Millhouse gardens, on the Inniskeen Road is a one acre riverside cottage garden.

Millmount Museum martello tower by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland St Peter's RC church by Jonathan Billinger courtesy Geograph Ireland The town of Drogheda is a major port on the estuary of the Boyne and the gateway to the famous Boyne Valley battlefield. Set on a steep river bank, Droghedaís town centre requires climbing steps and following narrow lanes. To learn of the townís history visit the Millmount Museum in a former martello tower. Local and national artifacts and displays tell the story. St Peterís church in Drogheda was built of local limestone in 1184 and incorporated parts of the 1791 church it replaced. There are 40 stained glass windows.

Heritage Centre Museum in St Maryís by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland St Laurence gate by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland The Drogheda Heritage Centre Museum in St Maryís church recreates ancient Drogheda using an AV presentation, paintings, and costumes. The 14th century bell tower is all that remains of St Magdalene Abbey, founded in 1224. The townís medieval St Laurence gate is a two tower barbican that stood guard over the gateóthe only one of ten gates that remains.

Battle Boyne cannon at entrance by Graham Hogg courtesy Geograph Ireland Battle Boyne Oldbridge House by Graham Hogg courtesy Geograph Ireland Four miles west of Drogheda is the Boyne battlefield viewpoint (requires walking up 76 stairs). The famous battle pitted the forces of William III of Orange against King James II. The battlefield can be reached via King Williamís glen. At the site in restored 18th century Oldbridge House is a visitor centre. Tours of the battlefield are given.

Townely Hall Forest Park by JP courtesy Geograph Ireland neolithic passage tomb overlooking the River Mattock by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland On the Ballymakenny Rd, near Drogheda, is the Listoke Gardens, a six acre restored Edwardian garden with woodland walks. Near Tullyallen is Townley Hall Forest Park. A neolithic passage tomb overlooks the River Mattock

Monasterboice celtic crosses by Christopher Hilton courtesy Geograph Ireland Monasterboice round tower by Row17 courtesy Geograph Ireland Monasterboice is the remains of a monastic settlement founded in the 5th century. The ruins include a graveyard, two churches, a round tower and three carved high crosses.



Mellifont Abbey by jai courtesy Geograph Ireland Mellifont Abbey by Christopher Hilton courtesy Geograph Ireland Further west near the village of Collon is Mellifont Abbey, Irelandís first Cistercian abbey. A visitor centre with an exhibition gives the details. Remains include a gatehouse, 14th century chapter house, and church.

Termonfeckin castle for by Mike Searle courtesy Geograph Ireland Termonfeckin cross by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland Northeast of Drogheda, the village of Termonfeckin has a 15-16th century tower house and a sandy beach. The area has a number of archaeological sites. Near the village is Beaulieu House and Garden, a brick house built in 1666 by a Dutchman. The gardens include herbaceous borders, a Victorian knot garden, a summer house, and a conservatory. There are river walks and a car museum as well.

Dunleer parish church by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland Athclare castle by Mike Searle courtesy Geograph Ireland Dunleer village is on the site of an early monastery. The Rathescar Lakeside Walk and Wildlife Reserve covers 47 acres of lake and woodland and provides a home for native and migratory water birds. Ardee is a market town with a 14th century Norman castle. Another castle, Athclare, is near Dunleer.

Dromiskin 9th century round tower and derelict church by Kieran Campbell Heading up the coast and two miles north of Castlebellingham in Dromiskinís parish churchyard is a 5th century round tower from a monastery along with the remains of a ringed cross, derelict church and 10th century pillar.


Louth parish church by Kieran Campbell courtesy Geograph Ireland Knockabbey garden fern house courtesy Knockabbey Castle At Louth are the ruins of an abbey originally founded by St Patrick. It was rebuilt a mile away at Knock. Other remains are those of a 1500 friary and a church of 1100. Knockabbey Castle and Gardens at Louth have 11th century water gardens, specimen trees, wildflower meadows, a Victorian flower garden, a restored glasshouse, and many other buildings of interest. The tower house, home of the interpretive centre, was built in 1399. Alterations and additions to the castle took place in the 18th and 19th centuries and again in the 20th after an arson attack. Note: The castle and grounds are for sale spring 2012 so may or may not be open.

Photo 23 Carlingford (King Johnís) Castle by Albert Bridge courtesy Geograph Ireland Taaffe's Castle by Norman McMullan courtesy Geograph Ireland Carlingford, on the west shore of Lough Carlingford on the Cooley peninsula, is a heritage town with two castles: a Norman castle (King Johnís) and late 15th century castle (Taafe) which has a square tower and was the site of a friary from 1305.


Carlingford Holy Trinity Heritage Centre by Norman McMullan courtesy Geograph Ireland Carlingford from across the harbour by Norman McMullan courtesy Geograph Ireland The Holy Trinity Centre in a restored medieval church tells the history of the town. A ferry runs from Carlingford across the lake to Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. In the lake is Blockhouse Island where terns nest.

Slieve Foye Woods by Albert Bridge courtesy Geograph There are scenic walks and drives in the area. The 18th century Riverstown corn mill is nearby. The Slieve Foye Woods is a mixed woodland replete with small mammals and birds.

Ravensdale forest road by Albert Bridge courtesy Geograph Ireland Clermont Pass view to Cooley Mountains by Oliver Dixon courtesy Geograph Ireland At Ravensdale near the head of the peninsula in the Clermont mountains and Flurry River valley is Clermont Forest Park with roads leading up to the mountain. The Tain Way, partly in the Ravensdale Forest, is a national long distance walk that circles the Cooley peninsula. The forest is mixed woodland with walking trails, roads, and standing stones.

Louth Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Battle of the Boyne Site
Obelisk Centre, Drybridge, Oldbridge estate.
Tel. 0 41 988 4343

Beaulieu House and Garden
Near Droghedaótake Baltray Road
Tel. 0 41 983 8557
Web: Beaulieu House and Garden

Carlingford Castle (King Johnís)
On shores of Carlingford Lough
Tel. 0 42 933 5484

Carlingford Holy Trinity Centre
In restored medieval church at Teach Eolais, Old Quay Lane, Carlingford
Tel. 0 42 937 3454 or 0 42 937 3888
Web: Carlingford

Castle Roche
On hilltop, from Dungooley Rd, out of Forkhill, Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 933 5484

Castletown Motte and Bailey Mound
Mount Avenue, Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 933 5484

Cuchulainnís Stone
Rathiddy, Knockbridge
Tel. 0 42 933 5484

Drogheda Heritage Centre Museum
Mary St, in St Maryís church, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 983 1153 or 0 87 230 5698

Dromiskin Parish churchyard
Dromiskin

Dundalk County Museum
Jocelyn Street, Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 932 7056 or 0 42 932 7057

Hill of Faughart
15 minutes from Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 933 5484

Knockabbey Castle and Gardens
Louth
Tel. 01 677 8816

Listoke Gardens
Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda
Tel. 041 983 2265

Magdalene Tower
Magdale St, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 983 7070

Mellifont Abbey
Tullyallen, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 982 6459 or 0 41 988 0300

Millhouse Gardens
Channonrock, Inniskeen Rd, Dundalk
Tel. 0 41 937 4354

Millmount Museum
Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 983 3097
Web: Millmount Museum

Monasterboice Monastic Settlement
Monasterboice, off N1
Tel. 0 41 983 7070

Rathescar Lake and Wildlife Reserve
Dunleer

Ravensdale Forest
8km north of Dundalk

Riverstown Corn Mill
Riverstown
Tel. 0 42 937 6157 or 0 42 937 6310

Saint Nicholas Church
Dundalk, off Roden Place near Market Square
Tel. 0 42 933 4648
Web: Saint Patrick/Saint Nicholas Churches

Saint Peterís Roman Catholic church
West St, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 983 8536

Slieve Foye Woods
Carlingford, off R173 toward Omeath

Taafe Castle
Carlingford

Townley Hall Forest Park
Near Tullyallen, off N51 Drogheda-Slane road

County Louth Tourist Information Centre

Carlingford
Old Dispensary, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Tel. 0 42 937 3033

Drogheda Tourist Office
Unit 9, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, County Louth
Tel. 0 41 983 7070
Open: March-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun, 11:45am - 5pm, Oct-March, Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm

Drogheda Millmount Complex
Millmount, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 984 5684
Open: all year Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm

Dundalk Tourist Office
Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, County Louth
Tel. 0 42 933 5484
Open: June-Mid Sep, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm; rest of year Mon-Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Faughart Historical Properties Preservation Society
Dundalk, County Louth
Tel. 0 42 937 1326
Web: Faughart

Photo of Knockabbey fern house courtesy Knockabbey castle and gardens

Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Dundalk Bay by Mary and Angus Hogg; Dundalk St Nicholas church by Eric Jones; Blackrock seaside promenade by Henry Clark; Millmount Museum martello tower, Heritage Centre Museum in St Maryís, St Laurence gate, neolithic passage tomb overlooking the River Mattock, Termonfeckin cross, Dunleer parish church, Dromiskin 9th century round tower and derelict church, Louth parish church by Kieran Campbell; St Peter's RC church by Jonathan Billinger; Battle Boyne cannon at entrance, Battle Boyne Oldbridge House by Graham Hogg; Townely Hall Forest Park by JP; Monasterboice celtic crosses, Mellifont Abbey by Christopher Hilton; Monasterboice round tower by Row17; Mellifont Abbey by jai; Termonfeckin castle, Athclare castle by Mike Searle; Carlingford (King Johnís) Castle, Slieve Foye Woods, Ravensdale forest road by Albert Bridge; Taaffe's Castle, Carlingford from across the harbour, Carlingford Holy Trinity Heritage Centre by Norman McMullan; Clermont Pass view to Cooley Mountains by Oliver Dixon

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