Dundalk is just a short car journey to many famous attractions such as king johns castle and greenway, if increasing your knowledge while enjoying a walk around in the fresh air with a great view is appealing then you must add Dundalk to your bucket list, it will be worth it! 

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The spectacular King John’s Castle, Built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop, the castle overlooks the southern shores of Carlingford LoughEvidence suggests this formidable fortress dates back 1170According to the local tradition of Carlingford, it is named after the king (the one Robin Hood didn’t like!) who commissioned its construction although no evidence of this is recorded in the sources. Historical records do show however that in 1210, King John visited Carlingford and stayed at the castle himself! 

Head to Carlingford Marina, where you will find On Yer Bike rentals, conveniently situated right at the start of the Carlingford Lough Greenway. Stretching from Carlingford to Omeath, travel along the shore of the lough with water and mountain views, plus plenty of fresh air. Their brilliant family packages start from 2 hour rentals up to full days, plus they have a range of bikes and pull-along trailers to cater for even the youngest children. Rentals available on the day, or book in advance at If cycling is not for you, the greenway is just as enjoyable on foot! 

Just 20 minutes from our door, Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers the unmissable opportunity to experience tranquil woodland trails, stunning views across the Ring of Gullion, Mourne Mountains, Cooley Peninsula and Armagh Drumlins. Play in the Adventure Playpark, explore the Giant’s Lair in the wonderful Hawthorn Hill Forest Nature Reserve and woodland trails, or take a turn in the ornamental walled garden, where you will find picnic benches and a wildlife pond. Park is open 7 days a week from 8am to dusk, and entry is fre

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. 

Walk off your delicious lunch with a stroll around the historic fishing village of Blackrock. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Irish Sea, build a sandcastle and take in the breath-taking views from the seafront promenade. Warm up with a cup of traditional Irish tea, wander through this small village shops or find yourself a cosy corner to sit back, relax & read a book

Louth may be known as the “wee county but it has over 70km of beautiful coastline, which includes several blue flag sandy beaches. Grab your buckets and spades which are available from Hotel Reception and head to Blackrock , which is only a 5-minute drive from the hotel. This beach is popular for windsurfers, kite surfing, paddle boarding and canoeing. Blackrock is also a protected wetland, so if you are a family of nature lovers, the bird sanctuaries are a must.