One Day Tour of County Louth
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Dundalk Community Tourist Office, Market Square, Dundalk, Louth, Republic of Ireland
Arrive in Drogheda, a bustling hive of activity situated astride the River Boyne. Drogheda is a Norman built town and was built in the 12th Century. This town is an ideal stop for a morning break.
Arrive in Drogheda, a bustling hive of activity situated astride the River Boyne. Drogheda is a Norman built town and was built in the 12th Century. This town is an ideal stop for a morning break. Drogheda’s Millmount Museum and Martello Tower, is perched high above Drogheda town, it is the oldest surviving man made structure in the town and has many stories to tell. This award winning museum houses a unique collection of historical artefacts and treats the visitor to spectacular views of Drogheda and the Boyne Valley below. Located in the officer’s quarters of a former military barracks built in 1808, the museum has been described as one of the finest town museums in Ireland.
Departing Drogheda on the R167 via Baltray, 5kms ( host to The Irish Open Golf Championships 2004 ), continue on this coastal route towards the town of Dundalk, you will pass scenic coastal areas such as Clogherhead and Annagassan on route, both of which will provide you with wonderful views of the Irish Sea and the wildlife it has to offer. This route offers a pleasant journey to the visitor and you will be travelling along smaller less congested roads, which in turn will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Arrive at the town of Dundalk ( N1 ) and take the coastal road R173 north of Dundalk to Carlingford. Situated in the grounds of The Ballymascanlon Hotel ( a short distance from Dundalk on the R173 ) is the famous Proleek Dolmen with its 40 ton capstone supported by three very slender pillars. Next to the dolmen is a rectangular gallery grave, which has been attributed to the early Bronze Age. It is but a short walk through the winding golf course at the Ballymascanlon Hotel that will take you to this spectacular Neolithic dolmen. Depart from the hotel grounds turning left at the exit and onwards on the coast road ( R173 ) towards Carlingford Village ( approx.16 kms ) This route will take you through the countryside with the Irish Sea on your right and the Cooley Mountains on your left. Arrive in Carlingford Village for lunch. Carlingford has a restaurant and cookery school called Ghan House. This interesting building is a Georgian house with interesting features and décor throughout, such as a ceiling decorated with rococo plasterwork in the drawing room and a selection on fine Georgian fireplaces. Take a walking tour of the Medieval village of Carlingford and enjoy the spectacular views of Carlingford Lough surrounded by the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. Visit some of its spectacular sites such as King John's Castle, an early Norman fortress named after King John who visited Carlingford in 1210.