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County Louth

Visit Ireland''s ‘Wee’ county, County Louth, a land of legends and beauty.

County Louth sits tucked away in the north east of southern Ireland and is the smallest county in the country, hence its affectionate nick-name the ''Wee County''. Despite its small size, it actually has a huge amount going for it. As well as being beautifully scenic, it offers a wealth of attractions and is steeped in legend, myths and historical interest.

If you are interested in ancient sites, County Louth will not disappoint. It boasts a rich medieval past, with countless examples of ancient treasures, including the monastic Mellifont Abbey, the High Crosses and round tower at Monasterboice, the stones of Proleek Dolmen and the ancient site of the Battle of the Boyne, which has a visitor centre and historical re-enactments in the summer months.

The towns of Dundalk, Carlingford, Drogheda and Ardee are full of historical importance and worth a visit. County Louth is home to Ireland''s best-known, mythological tale, the Tain Bo Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley. A story of a queen and warrior).

Drogheda is one of the county''s most visited towns and was one of the largest walled towns in medieval times. Today it offers a good mix of old and new with a fine selection of shops, restaurants, and pubs. If you come in summer, then you might catch the Drogheda Samba Festival, where international Samba bands gather, bringing the town alive with music.

Carlingford has medieval streets and a good selection of historical sites, nestled among chic restaurants and upmarket boutiques. It also has a state-of-the-art adventure centre. The surrounding mountain views are stunning and if you’re here in August get along to the oyster festival.

The stunning Cooley Peninsula is one of the county''s treasures, with its heather-clad mountains, ensuring it is a favourite choice for walkers and cyclists. The coastline includes three Blue Flag beaches and golfers will be pleased to discover that there are no less than ten golf courses in the region. Carlingford Lough is a popular spot for fishing and sailing.

To help you get to know this historical region see our selection of County Louth holiday cottages; the ideal base for exploring this beautiful part of Ireland.
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  • Cottage 1

    Castlebellingham, Co. Louth

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    Cottage 1 has been extensively renovated and fully equipped to a very good standard, and the living room opens out onto a pretty lawned garden with views over the surrounding countryside. Outside seating, garden furniture and a barbecue are provided. The cottage, which lies adjacent to the owner’s home, overlooks rolling fields and is located just outside Castlebellingham - one of the loveliest villages in the area. It’s just a 10-minute drive to the seaside village of Blackrock, with its great selection of pubs and restaurants overlooking the beach with breathtaking views of the Cooley Mountains. The nearest town is Dundalk, which boasts a large variety of shops, restaurants, nightclubs and leisure facilities. A 30-minute drive north brings you to the stunning Cooley Peninsula with majestic mountains rising out of Carlingford Lough. The medieval town of Carlingford, with its well-preserved stock of historic buildings, nestles between the mountains and the lough. A fabulous selection of restaurants and pubs are dotted around the town. There’s easy access to the M1 motorway to Dublin, 50 miles, and Belfast, 56 miles. Popular local activities include swimming, horse riding, angling, sailing and windsurfing. Historic sites to visit in the area include Mellifont Abbey, Monasterboice High Crosses and Round Tower, and Knockabbey Castle and Gardens. The location is ideal for golfing breaks with nine excellent golf courses in the region including the world famous links course at Baltray. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, wooden floor and door to shared garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, Velux window and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating (€25 per week October-April), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared lawned garden with gravelled sitting-out area and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

    Both properties: Oil central heating (€25 per week October-April), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared lawned garden with gravelled sitting-out area and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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