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The Wee County is a great location for visiting the world-famous Brú na Bóinne in Meath, with other local sights ranging from prehistoric and monastic monuments to the timeless attractions of nature.
Mellifont Abbey, on the Drogheda to Collon Road, was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. Built in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh, it is distinguished by an octagonal lavabo and features a fine visitor centre with a fascinating exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages.
Not far from Mellifont you’ll find Monasterboice, site of a ruined 5th-century monastery established by St. Buite. The site is home to an old graveyard, two churches and a sundial, as well as a wonderfully-preserved, 28-metre round tower, and two exceptional high crosses - Muiredach's Cross and the West Cross (the tallest in Ireland).
The Cooley Peninsula is a place of humbling beauty, with wooded slopes plunging toward the shadowy waters of Carlingford Lough and sun-speckled, multi-coloured hills rolling along its length. Views of the Mourne Mountains open up, with winding country lanes leading to stony beaches where you can lose yourself for hours.
Whether you like sailing in them or just looking at them, boats are the focus of attention at Carlingford Marina. The Deck Bar is the ideal place to look out at the action on race day, and sailing enthusiasts will find all the facilities they need within easy reach of Carlingford village, a pretty three-street cluster of whitewashed houses.
St. Peter’s Church in Drogheda is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country, but the exceptional design is not the reason this church is a leading tourist attraction. A shrine holds the head of St. Oliver, who was hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1681. You can even see the scorch marks on the skull from the fire into which Oliver’s head was flung after his martyrdom.
The Millmount Museum and Martello Tower loom over the town of Drogheda on an ancient hill overlooking the historic river Boyne. This is the oldest surviving settlement area in a town with a dramatic history, and offers panoramic views of the town. The entire fort is now the Millmount Cultural Quarter.
Beaulieu is a 17th-century house built by the Titchburnes and still occupied by their descendants. This is an exceptionally fine example of the Irish great house, and well worth a guided tour of the house, four-acre walled garden, and museum of classic cars.
Though launched as recently as 2009, the annual Táin Walking Festival attracts walkers from across Europe for its varied selection of hikes around the Cooley Peninsula. The treks cover all fitness levels, encompassing the Cooley mountains, the shores of Carlingford Lough, and areas associated with myths and legend.
Staged on the May bank holiday in Bellurgan, Vantastival is a campervan festival presenting three stages of live music hosting up to 70 live acts. Enjoy everything from folk to rock to ska, with a range of associated events including a campervan cook-off, scrapheap challenge, and buy-and-sell area.
Head to Cornamucklagh, Omeath, in August for the annual Donkey Derby Festival. All the family is catered for, with fancy dress, “Riverdancing,” husband-and-wife wheelbarrow racing, threshing, and live music among the many inventive attractions.
3.6km from Carlingford
Escape to a cosy retreat for two people in a peaceful scenic area in Carlingford, County Louth. The cottage offers the highest standard of four-star accommodation, both in terms of comfort and style.
The interior of this stone cottage is a combination of luxury, practicality, and tradition. It features one bedroom, a bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen with every modern convenience, and a living area with wood-burning stove and a single guest bed .
You will be provided with free towels and bed linen during your stay.
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2.5km from Collon
If you want to get a real taste of country living in beautiful rural surroundings, then stay at this farmhouse on your next holiday. This wonderful property is ideal for a family holiday, set in the glorious surroundings of Collon in County Louth. The farmhouse is surrounded by a wealth of historical attractions, such as Mellifont Abbey, Monasterboice, and the world-renowned prehistoric site at Newgrange.
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4.3km from Dundalk
This delightful holiday home is beautifully located overlooking Dundalk Bay on the scenic Cooley Peninsula, about midway between Dundalk and the heritage town of Carlingford.
This recently refurbished 4-star dormer home is just a stone's throw from the beach, and is an ideal setting for a peaceful break, away from the noise and pressure of daily life. It features three bedrooms: two double,(one ensuite) and one twin.
0.2km from Ardee
This superb holiday apartment is beautifully situated in the busy town of Ardee in County Louth.
The apartment consists of two bedrooms, with one single bed and one double bed. Free bed linen is provided. The kitchen comes with all the cooking facilities and equipment you might require. The living area is comfortable, with an open fire and television.
This charming apartment located in the little town of Ardee in County Louth is the perfect destination for a family holiday or just a relaxing break away.
It contains two bedrooms, which have three single beds supplied with free bed linen, plus a cot if required. The kitchen is well equipped, and the living room is a comfortable and relaxing space where you can watch television in front of an open fire.
2.9km from Carlingford
This enchanting 200-year-old farmhouse is located in a tranquil rural area close to the coastal town of Carlingford in County Louth, Ireland's smallest county - affectionately known as the "Wee County." The holiday home offers the highest standard of accommodation, whether you want a family holiday or a relaxing break. Enjoy picture-postcard views of the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley Mountains.
For a romantic holiday or just a relaxing break, stay at this beautiful, elegant holiday retreat in the countryside near Carlingford in County Louth. This apartment offers excellent four-star accommodation and a home from home where you can come and go as you please.
This cosy retreat for two has one comfortable bedroom complete with free bed linen and towels. It also has a well-equipped kitchen with all modern conveniences, including fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, and excellent cooking facilities.
3.5km from Carlingford
Relax at this cosy retreat in a peaceful scenic area in Carlingford, County Louth. The cottage offers the highest standard of four-star accommodation, both in terms of comfort and style.
7.2km from Carlingford
This fantastic 4-star property is located on a spectacular site overlooking the beach on the edge of the Cooley Peninsula in the scenic area of Carlingford, County Louth. The cottage has been newly renovated to a very high standard and designed to capture the sea and mountain views. It can accommodate 6 people in three bedrooms - one double ensuite and two twin rooms - all with ample storage space.
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