COUNTY LOUTH – WHY GO?
Pint-size County Louth might be dinky, but it packs plenty of punch. From the beautiful Cooley Mountains in the north to the ruins rich in legend along the coast, Co. Louth is a tranquil place to head for romantic relaxation with a touch of mythical magic.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
According to Irish folklore, this was the site of a duel between Irish heroes Ferdia and Cuchulainn on the River Dee. Today there’s a pretty 14th Century Norman castle to explore and the ‘jumping church’ where legend has it the whole building jumped overnight when a non-Christian was buried in the grounds.
One of Ireland’s most famous archaeological sites, Monasterboice, boasts ancient monastic ruins, a round tower from the 6th Century and the famous Muiredach’s High Cross.
Drogheda’s skyline is punctuated by 12th Century spires and belfries, but it’s the town’s modern residents that make it such a must-see. Home to a high concentration of craftsmen and artists, Drogheda is a great place to shop for unique artwork and handmade gifts.
Understated but beautiful, the Cooley Mountains run along the Cooley Peninsula in the northeast of the county. According to legend it was here that the Brown Bull of Cooley was hidden from Queen Medh and her army. The mountains are also ideal for walking, biking or horse riding.
Wander down the ancient streets of the heritage town of Carlingford, which boasts more historic buildings than any other comparable town in Ireland. Be sure to check out the ruined Norman castle, the Mint and crenulated Taff’s Castle.
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Carlingford plays host to the Féile Oméith festival. Look forward to boat tours on the lough, live music, Irish dancing, arts and crafts and plenty of craic.
Get merry and celebrate food, art and drama events with the local community at the Tain Festival in Dundalk.
COUNTY LOUTH ROMANCE
Stroll hand-in-hand amongst the wildflower meadows and Victorian Flower Garden at Knockabbey Castle and Gardens in Louth village.
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