Why not start an epic mini-break by exploring Louth
and discovering its historic sights, amazing food and stunning coastline? Begin in one of Ireland’s hidden gems, Carlingford
. Get off on the right foot with a hearty breakfast in one of the many little local cafés, before filling your lungs with fresh sea air as you appreciate the views over the Lough and King John’s Castle
. Stroll along the medieval streets and browse the antique and craft shops. Having worked up a thirst, a guided tour of the Carlingford Brewing Company
will give you a real taste of the Cooley Peninsula.
For an energetic start to your break, visit Carlingford Adventure Centre
where you’ll have your choice of land, sea or sky activities. Canoe on Carlingford Lough; challenge yourself with rock climbing, abseiling or archery; or test your nerve on the Aerial Adventure Course (with over 30 challenges including cargo nets, skateboards, giant log swings, and zip wires) – and there’s much more to choose from.
Continue on a coastal route, travelling from Carlingford to Annagassan
. On arrival, treat yourself to some of the best seafood in Ireland – topped off with a stunning vista of Dundalk Bay and the Mourne Mountains – at The Glyde Inn.
One of the oldest bars in the area (established in 1770), it’s also home to an award-winning restaurant, perfect for a sumptuous lunch.
You might choose to stick with following the coast, taking in small villages full of character (such as Clogherhead
, where the freshest possible just-caught fish awaits by the Harbour at Fisherman’s Catch
). Alternatively, check out the 5th century Round Tower and elaborately decorated High Crosses at Monasterboice
. As the evening draws in, drive towards Drogheda
and climb to the top of Millmount Tower
to catch the sunset over the Boyne Valley, or stop off at Listoke Distillery & Gin School
to make your own gin for an evening tipple.
Before turning in for the night visit one of Drogheda’s many renowned restaurants such as Scholar’s Restaurant
or Eastern Seaboard
to ensure you go to bed well-fed and content.