Choose between one of the below
Start the day with a short trip to Carlingford and enjoy a cycle or walk along the Carlingford-Omeath Greenway. With 5 different access points, it’s possible to choose both the distance and time that you wish to spend. The Greenway will take you along the shoreline of Slieve Foye and Carlingford Lough, plus fields full of grazing sheep, cattle and horses, through old railway level crossings and even a few bridges with plenty of old railway era gateposts still in situ.
You can hire electric bikes from E-Bikes Escapes.
Annaloughan National Loop, is an 8km walk and is situated in the heart of the Cooley Peninsula. It offers expansive views overlooking Dundalk Bay and beyond. It’s on a quiet country trail and is mostly on track but the mountain section can be wet and rough underfoot, so advisable to wear good boots.
When you arrive into Drogheda, you cannot miss the Norman Fort Towers overlooking the town. Drogheda Museum Millmount is one of County Louth’s most significant heritage sites and has a dramatic history and many stories to tell. The whole fort is now the Millmount Cultural Quarter, including craft shops, art galleries and café and artisan food centre.
With an appetite worked up, head into the medieval Carlingford Village, stroll through the streets and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafés. If you fancy some delicious homemade sweet treats, we highly recommend a visit to Ruby Ellens Tea Rooms.
Take a roadtrip along the scenic Cooley Peninsula. On the drive, you will see spectacular scenery, ranging from mountains, wide valleys, forests to stunning beaches. Get your Cooley Peninsula drive map from hotel reception in the morning. We highly recommend that you stop off at the beautiful Blue Flag Templetown Beach. Sheltered by rocky headlands, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic and a stroll along pristine sand and gently lapping waves. You will definitely be jumping in and out of the car, as you will come across a number of fabulous spots, which make for the most perfect Instagram pictures!
After a day bustling with action, we can already hear the soundtrack of a grumbling belly! Head into town and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the following restaurants, The Square Restaurant, The Townhouse or The Clermont. Bon Appetit!
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, hop into the car and a short drive away you will discover the Birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East at Boyne Valley. Home to some of the world’s most mythical landscapes, with a range of heritage sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne. This site remains a favourite destination for all visitors. The main passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are about 5,000 years old and with its newly developed state-of-the-art Visitor Centre, it should be a definite on your Boyne Valley to-do list!
Afterwards, make your way to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, which is a short 10 minute drive from Brú na Bóinne. It’s a restored 18th century Oldbridge House, which will give you a colourful tale of the Battle of the Boyne. Make sure you grab a coffee and stroll around the gardens after visiting the house.
With an appetite worked up, you are in the right place, as The Boyne Valley is recognised as one of the World’s best food destinations. Click here for a list of local bars and restaurants for lunch!
Get a grasp on history with a trip to the Hill of Tara, which is the jewel in the crown of the Boyne Valley landscape. It grew to fame as the legendary inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. From its rolling slopes one can see all the way to the other great sites of the Boyne Valley, including Loughcrew Cairns, the Hill of Slane, Trim Castle and beyond.
After a busy day exploring, no doubt you’re feeling peckish. Make your way back to the Hotel and enjoy a beautiful meal in The Brasserie, prepared by our Executive Chef Declan Dunne and his team. Savour all the flavours and local produce of the Boyne Valley here at Fairways Hotel Dundalk!
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, take to the golf course and tee up against your partner! There are a number of GUI golf courses in Louth to choose from, for a full list click here. Dundalk Golf Club is the closest to the Hotel and is a premier 18 hole course, which offers stunning views across Dundalk Bay and to the Cooley and Mourne Mountains.
If you are looking to end your trip with a splash, head to Carlingford Adventure Centre. It’s not just for kids, with so much to choose from like kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding. If you prefer to be on dry land, you can try out archery, Ziptopia or orienteering.
Why not hit the shops for spot of retail therapy, home to two large shopping centers: Marshes and LongWalk, you can shop till you drop! You will also find lovely independent boutiques on Clanbrassil Street. After your busy morning of shopping, drop your bags off and lighten the load! Enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea in our Brasserie. Our Chef De Partie Lisa Crosby and her team, have created a scrumptious menu of the most delicious treats which are sure to tempt you. Mind-blowing macaroons, beautiful brulées and melt in your mouth meringues… a tantalizing culinary journey for only the most curious.
Louth may be known as the “wee county” but it has over 70km of beautiful coastline, which includes several blue flag sandy beaches. For a list of nearby beaches, click here.
Calling all Gin lovers…. Book a visit to Listoke Distillery & Gin School which is Ireland’s only Gin school! You will enjoy a guided tour of the distilling and brewing process. Afterwards, you will take to the classroom and distill your personalised gin on a miniature copper pot still. You can also make your own pizza in the wood fired oven, while enjoying a refreshing Listoke 1777 gin and tonic.
And…. Relax! After a busy 3 days exploring Ireland’s Ancient East, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy in-room dining from the comfort of your own luxurious room. Why not run a bath while you wait on your order to arrive!