Aishling’s guidebook

Aishling

Aishling’s guidebook

Walks & Hiking
If you want to get out into the fresh air and go for a walk - this is a nice short lakeside walk
Rathescar Lakeside Walk
If you want to get out into the fresh air and go for a walk - this is a nice short lakeside walk
Another nice walk to get out into the fresh air- it has a cafe and kids playground.
Stephenstown Pond
Another nice walk to get out into the fresh air- it has a cafe and kids playground.
This center explains the battle & relevance of the Battle of the Boyne which turned the tide of war. You are able to pay to go inside the house and learn of the history of the Battle of the Boyne. There is a nice walk around the centre along the river that loops back to the main gates. For a small part of this walk you have to walk on the main road. Parking is available. Nice place to have a picnic, chill out and let the kids run around.
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Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
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This center explains the battle & relevance of the Battle of the Boyne which turned the tide of war. You are able to pay to go inside the house and learn of the history of the Battle of the Boyne. There is a nice walk around the centre along the river that loops back to the main gates. For a small part of this walk you have to walk on the main road. Parking is available. Nice place to have a picnic, chill out and let the kids run around.
Great spot for a bit of nature and light hiking. You can go off trails into deep forest areas with streams and rivers throughout the woods. From the main car park it is a fairly steep initial climb-50mtrs. Then you can walk as far as you like. Lots of trails.
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Ravensdale Forest Recreation Area
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Great spot for a bit of nature and light hiking. You can go off trails into deep forest areas with streams and rivers throughout the woods. From the main car park it is a fairly steep initial climb-50mtrs. Then you can walk as far as you like. Lots of trails.
Dun Na Ri Forest Park - Lovely place to go for a walk or run. Great day out for kids or romantic stroll- bring a picnic. Loads of space for them to run around. Only few minutes drive from Kingscourt town and Cabra Castle. I would suggest going for a walk in Dun na Ri and heading over to Cabra Castle for lunch or dinner.
Kingscourt
Dun Na Ri Forest Park - Lovely place to go for a walk or run. Great day out for kids or romantic stroll- bring a picnic. Loads of space for them to run around. Only few minutes drive from Kingscourt town and Cabra Castle. I would suggest going for a walk in Dun na Ri and heading over to Cabra Castle for lunch or dinner.
Lovely walk around the Cliffs - parking available around the pier in Clogherhead start from there and loop back. On the way back you will walk on the main road - it is up to you if you want to turn around and come back along the cliffs again.
Clogherhead Cliff Walk
Lovely walk around the Cliffs - parking available around the pier in Clogherhead start from there and loop back. On the way back you will walk on the main road - it is up to you if you want to turn around and come back along the cliffs again.
Great for all ages - has a cafe, kids playground, forest walks with fairy houses and of course the Slieve Gullion. Parking is availabel both at the bottom - beside cafe and playground, or you can drive up closer to the top of Slieve Gullion.
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Slieve Gullion Forest Park
89 Drumintee Road
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Great for all ages - has a cafe, kids playground, forest walks with fairy houses and of course the Slieve Gullion. Parking is availabel both at the bottom - beside cafe and playground, or you can drive up closer to the top of Slieve Gullion.
This National loop walk brings you up to the mountains slopes above Carlingford. The walk is mostly on good paths marked with blue arrows. WHERE Carlingford Tourist Office Old Railway Station Carlingford Louth CONTACT T: +353 42 9419692 E: info@carlingford.ie Visit Website Image Gallery Blue arrows — Slieve Foye Loop Green arrows - shorter Commons Loop Red for Shorter Barnavave Loop Yellow - long distance Táin Way For more information visit - https://www.visitlouth.ie/explore-and-do/do/tours-and-trails-louth/cooley-and-slieve-foye-walks-and-hikes.html
Slieve Foye Loop
This National loop walk brings you up to the mountains slopes above Carlingford. The walk is mostly on good paths marked with blue arrows. WHERE Carlingford Tourist Office Old Railway Station Carlingford Louth CONTACT T: +353 42 9419692 E: info@carlingford.ie Visit Website Image Gallery Blue arrows — Slieve Foye Loop Green arrows - shorter Commons Loop Red for Shorter Barnavave Loop Yellow - long distance Táin Way For more information visit - https://www.visitlouth.ie/explore-and-do/do/tours-and-trails-louth/cooley-and-slieve-foye-walks-and-hikes.html
The Greenway is open for walkers allowing stunning views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye, The Greenway takes the walker and cyclist along the shoreline and travels from Omeath to Carlingford. It uses the old railway line between Omeath and Carlingford, offering spectacular views of the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford Lough. It certainly has proved quite popular for tourists and locals alike. Time to Walk 2 Hour Distance 6-7 Km
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Carlingford to Omeath Greenway
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The Greenway is open for walkers allowing stunning views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye, The Greenway takes the walker and cyclist along the shoreline and travels from Omeath to Carlingford. It uses the old railway line between Omeath and Carlingford, offering spectacular views of the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford Lough. It certainly has proved quite popular for tourists and locals alike. Time to Walk 2 Hour Distance 6-7 Km
Sightseeing
Mellifont Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. St Malachy of Armagh created it in 1142 with the help of a small number of monks sent by St Bernard from Clairvaux. Grounds only – Free entry Access to exhibition in the Visitor Centre and guided tour: Adult: €5.00 Group/Senior: €4.00 Child(12-17)/Student: €3.00 Family: €13.00 Directions: Tullyallen Drogheda Co. Louth A92 K682
Old Mellifont Abbey
Mellifont Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. St Malachy of Armagh created it in 1142 with the help of a small number of monks sent by St Bernard from Clairvaux. Grounds only – Free entry Access to exhibition in the Visitor Centre and guided tour: Adult: €5.00 Group/Senior: €4.00 Child(12-17)/Student: €3.00 Family: €13.00 Directions: Tullyallen Drogheda Co. Louth A92 K682
Monasterboice are the remains of an early Christian monastic settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. The ruins are a National monument of Ireland and also give their name to the local village.
Mainistir Bhuithe
Monasterboice are the remains of an early Christian monastic settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. The ruins are a National monument of Ireland and also give their name to the local village.
Newgrange - is an exceptionally grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Newgrange Visitor Centre
Newgrange - is an exceptionally grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Large, 18th-century country house with period antiques, set in rolling open gardens with sea views. Lovely place to visit - great views, fabulous gardens, picnic areas, kids playground and walkways. Location - Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
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Ardgillan Castle and Demesne
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Large, 18th-century country house with period antiques, set in rolling open gardens with sea views. Lovely place to visit - great views, fabulous gardens, picnic areas, kids playground and walkways. Location - Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Visitors to Newbridge House can learn about its illustrious history on a guided tour through three centuries of history in Ireland’s only intact Georgian mansion and estate. Don't miss the 'Cabinet of Curiosities'; created in 1790 it is one of the few remaining family museums in Ireland and the UK filled to the brim with antiquities and oddities. Get to see variety of animals upclose.
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Newbridge House & Farm
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Visitors to Newbridge House can learn about its illustrious history on a guided tour through three centuries of history in Ireland’s only intact Georgian mansion and estate. Don't miss the 'Cabinet of Curiosities'; created in 1790 it is one of the few remaining family museums in Ireland and the UK filled to the brim with antiquities and oddities. Get to see variety of animals upclose.
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Trim Castle
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Slane Castle is located in the village of Slane, within the Boyne Valley of County Meath, Ireland. The castle has been the family seat of the Conyngham family since it was built in the late 18th century. Slane Whiskey Distillery - tours available
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Slane Castle
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Slane Castle is located in the village of Slane, within the Boyne Valley of County Meath, Ireland. The castle has been the family seat of the Conyngham family since it was built in the late 18th century. Slane Whiskey Distillery - tours available
Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park. Lovely for Lunch or Dinner
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Cabra Castle Hotel
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Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park. Lovely for Lunch or Dinner
Beaches
Blackrock beach - situated in Blackrock, Co. Louth, beside shops, cafes and restaurants.
Blackrock Beach
Blackrock beach - situated in Blackrock, Co. Louth, beside shops, cafes and restaurants.
Lovely beach, located in Lurganboy, Knockbawn, Co. Louth
Port Beach
Lovely beach, located in Lurganboy, Knockbawn, Co. Louth
Another lovely beach in Co. Louth. Location in the village of Clogherhead. While there pop into the Smugglers Rest for some high quality food and drink.
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Clogherhead Beach
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Another lovely beach in Co. Louth. Location in the village of Clogherhead. While there pop into the Smugglers Rest for some high quality food and drink.
Horse Riding
Dunany Cross Country Course and Riding School is a well established, AIRE approved Equestrian venue situated on the beautiful unspoilt east coast. Located in Dunany, Togher, Co. Louth
Dunany Equestrian Centre
Dunany Cross Country Course and Riding School is a well established, AIRE approved Equestrian venue situated on the beautiful unspoilt east coast. Located in Dunany, Togher, Co. Louth
Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian, Trekking and Event Centre is Ireland's premier equestrian facility. Nestled into the foothills of the stunning Cooley Mountains near Dundalk, Co Louth in the North East of Ireland, it is under an hour's drive from either Dublin or Belfast and is just off the M1 motorway.
Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian Centre
Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian, Trekking and Event Centre is Ireland's premier equestrian facility. Nestled into the foothills of the stunning Cooley Mountains near Dundalk, Co Louth in the North East of Ireland, it is under an hour's drive from either Dublin or Belfast and is just off the M1 motorway.
Family & Kids Activities
Tayto Park Theme Park and Zoo - Tayto Park is an amusement park in Ireland, based on the Irish potato crisp brand Tayto. Offers over 100 attractions in the theme park & zoo. It is home to Cú Chulainn, Europe’s largest wooden roller coaster with an inversion and Ireland’s only water flume ride, The Viking Voyage. Location: Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, A84 EA02 – 35mins drive.
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Tayto Park
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Tayto Park Theme Park and Zoo - Tayto Park is an amusement park in Ireland, based on the Irish potato crisp brand Tayto. Offers over 100 attractions in the theme park & zoo. It is home to Cú Chulainn, Europe’s largest wooden roller coaster with an inversion and Ireland’s only water flume ride, The Viking Voyage. Location: Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, A84 EA02 – 35mins drive.
Trampoline Park Location: Coes Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth – 22 mins drive.
Air Bound Trampoline Park
Trampoline Park Location: Coes Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth – 22 mins drive.
Carlingford Adventure Centre is the top Activity Centre in Ireland. It provides outdoor pursuits and activity holidays for kids and adults. The ethos of the centre is to offer fun and challenging activities in a safe and friendly environment. Location: Tholsel St, Liberties of Carlingford, Carlingford, Co. Louth – 38 min drive
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Carlingford Adventure Centre
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Carlingford Adventure Centre is the top Activity Centre in Ireland. It provides outdoor pursuits and activity holidays for kids and adults. The ethos of the centre is to offer fun and challenging activities in a safe and friendly environment. Location: Tholsel St, Liberties of Carlingford, Carlingford, Co. Louth – 38 min drive
Funtasia Theme Park and Water Park - Leisure complex with waterpark, bowling, roller-skating, crazy golf, rock-climbing, casino, and food. Location: Funtasia Theme Parks, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 EVH6 – 21 mins drive.
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Funtasia Drogheda
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Funtasia Theme Park and Water Park - Leisure complex with waterpark, bowling, roller-skating, crazy golf, rock-climbing, casino, and food. Location: Funtasia Theme Parks, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 EVH6 – 21 mins drive.