County Louth - in Irish; Contae Lu is in Leinster and is colloquially known as “The Wee County” - as it is the
smallest county in relation to area in Ireland. However, it’s lack of landmass has never held Louth back. It has
hosted Cuchlainn, The Vikings, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and even battling Kings.
Louth’s towns - Dundalk and Drogheda are modern legends and similar to the county they are steeped in both
historic and contemporary Attractions.
Some places to visit in County Louth include:
This is a fine example of a Portal Dolmen in the grounds of the Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk County Louth.
The capstone weighing about 40 tons is supported by three standing stones.
Knockabbey Castle & Gardens
Knockabbey Castle has evolved over the last millennium. Each of the families that have lived there, have left
Monasterboice is a fascinating monastic site near Drogheda in County Louth. In the 600s, St Buite founded
the community, which then flourished for centuries. The site’s highlights include an impressive round tower and
also two high crosses.
Old Mellifont Abbey
County Louth is home to Old Mellifont Abbey, which was Ireland’s first Cistercian monastery, founded in 1142.
At the site, which is located just 10 minutes from Drogheda, visitors can view remains, such as the monks’ chapter
house and an octagonal Lavabo.
Castletown Motte, in County Louth, comprises of a 12th century castle on top of a 20m high mound. It is said to
be the site of Dun Delga - the birthplace of Cuchulainn the famous Celtic warrior.
Highlanes Gallery is an exciting new, state of the art facility that aims to be one of Ireland's most important visual
art spaces presenting a dynamic and diverse programme of exhibitions, drawn from the Drogheda Municipal
Dundalk in Irish; Dun Dealgan meaning “Dalgan’s Stronghold”, is located where the Castletown River flows
into Dundalk bay. It is close to the Northern Irish border and is also of equal distance from Dublin and Belfast.
The town’s name has connections with the mythical warrior CuChulainn.
Today Dundalk is a bustling, lively town with excellent shopping and restaurant facilities.
Some places to visit in Dundalk include: Proleek Dolmen, Castletown Motte and the Dundalk County
Drogheda is a thriving town which straddles the Louth/Meath border and is strategically located just off the
M1 Dublin to Belfast Motorway and on the N1 route.
Drogheda is built on the banks of the River Boyne and is three miles inland from the coast. It is the entrance
to the Boyne Valley.All nearby are, Neolithic Passage Graves of Newgrange, Dowth, Knowth, The Battle of the
Boyne Site, Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice.
Memories of Drogheda’s past include: part of the Old Town Wall, Fort at Millmount and St. Laurence Gate.
These combine with the town’s new facilities that attract visitors the world over.
Areas of interest: Drogheda Muesum Millmount, Old Mellifont Abbey, Magdalene Tower and
Drogheda Walls - St. Laurence’s Gate.