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As County Louth is just a short drive away from Dublin Airport, it is easily reached by tourists from around the world. Dublin Airport is the busiest in the Republic of Ireland, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Over 21 million passengers per year pass through it, making use of routes from all over the world supplied by 50 airlines. Once your flight has landed and you’ve made use of the facilities such as bureau de change, banking and shopping, you’ll be only an hour’s drive away from the centre of County Louth.
County Louth sits on the coast looking out to the Irish Sea, making it an excellent base for a beach holiday of the more rugged and windswept variety. There are three beaches in County Louth that have been awarded coveted Blue Flag status. Clogerhead Beach is by the fishing village of the same name. Positioned on a headland, it offers stunning views north towards the Cooley and Mourne Mountains and south towards Lambay Island. The beach has a long stretch of sand backed by dunes, and is the perfect place to try your hand at fishing, bathing or simply soaking in the magnificent views.
A few miles north of Clogerhead you’ll find Port, a remote beach with a stretch of sand dunes that are ideal for enjoying a picnic. Templetown and Shelling Hill, to the north of County Louth, on the Cooley peninsula, are remote beaches offering a smooth stretch of sand and shingle with a south-facing aspect.
All three of these beaches are patrolled by lifeguards during the bathing season, and signs on each beach should be checked to verify whether a patrol of this kind is in place.
The river Boyne runs through County Louth, and many of the most famous historical and cultural sites of the county are situated close to its banks. The arts centre in Drogheda actually stretches from one bank of the river to the other, and within a short walk you’ll discover Carberry’s Bar, a traditional music venue dating back 150 years, and Beaulieu House, which is home to a museum of motor racing.
Fans of the more sedate side of historical Louth should visit Knockabbey Castle and Gardens, which was built around 1399 and boasts stunning water gardens dating back to the 11th century. The 30 acres surrounding the castle take in every kind of landscape, from meadows to formal Victorian gardens, and a day spent here will be one spent travelling back in time to a quieter, more sedate era.
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Dundalk Stadium and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Oriel Park. Killinbeg Golf Club and Dundalk Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Dundalk, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Dundalk Golf Club and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Oriel Park. Dundalk Stadium and Cuchulainn Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the beach, this inn is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Beaulieu House and Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Magdalene Tower and St Laurence's Gate. Highlanes Gallery and St. Peter's Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Dundalk, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Carlingford Heritage Centre and King John's Castle. Proleek Dolmen is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) away.
This family-friendly Drogheda hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Bridge, Highlanes Gallery and Millmount Museum. St Laurence's Gate and St. Peter's Church are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Drogheda hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from St. Peter's Church and Old Abbey. Highlanes Gallery and St. Mary's Bridge are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in a rural location, this country house is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Carlingford Heritage Centre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from King John's Castle. Proleek Dolmen is 9.9 mi (16 km) away.
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cooley Mountains, Proleek Dolmen, and Newry Cathedral. Slieve Gullion and Ring of Gullion are also within 9 miles (15 km).