The Lands of Legends Awaits!
10am – Carlingford Adventure Centre & Skypark
Whizz through the air on a zip line, paddle on the Lough in a kayak or canoe, test your aim at archery, take to new heights with rock climbing, and bounce around on a water trampoline… and that’s just a taste of the activities to choose from! Plus, with their special summer “Family Adventure” offer enjoy 2 x half day activities plus hot lunch at the reduced price of €40pp. Tickets available online at carlingfordadventure.com.
2pm – Visit King John’s Castle
Just down the road from the adventure park, stands the spectacular King John’s Castle. Built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop, the castle overlooks the southern shores of Carlingford Lough. Evidence suggests this formidable fortress dates back 1170. According 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!
3pm – Explore the Greenway
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 OnYerBike.ie. If cycling is not for you, the greenway is just as enjoyable on foot!
Evening – Family Dinner at The Brasserie
After an action packed day exploring Louth, the Land of the Legends, it is time to put up your feet at back here at Fairways Hotel. Dinner is served daily from 5pm to 9:30pm in The Brasserie, allowing plenty time for a pre-dinner nap. With a full Kids Menu plus Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free options, we cater to all tastes and even your fussiest of eaters. Snuggle up in our cosy booths and enjoy!
10am – Slieve Gullion Forest Park
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 free! Discover more at RingOfGullion.org
2pm: Horse Riding at Ravensdale
Ideally located close to the national forestry award winning Ravensdale Forest, near Dundalk, County Louth, Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian and Trekking Centre is in an area of breathtaking beauty. Lying in the shadow of the Cooley Mountains and with wide open spaces that are a horse rider’s dream, the lodge is proud to offer riders lessons, trekking, hacking, cross country and much more. For opening hours & offers visit their Facebook Page here.
6pm – Carlingford Lough Ferry
End your day with a calming cruise across The Lough of Legends, a must when you are staying with us at Fairways Hotel Dundalk. Set sail aboard the Carlingford Lough Ferry, which takes you from Greencastle at the foot of the Mournes to Greenore beneath the Cooley Mountains, or vice versa, and back again if you wish. A return ticket for the whole family is €25 and can be booked online at CarlingfordFerry.com PS: keep your eyes peeled on board for our friendly mythological sea creatures, called ‘horse eels’!