"The Wee County"
Explore Louth –
Known as ‘The Wee County’ but don’t let that fool you – there is lots to see and do!
Along the coast of Louth, explore the pretty fishing villages of Termonfeckin and Clogherhead before visiting the High Cross at Monasterboice. Journey on to Dundalk, the gateway to Carlingford, and check out the fantastic café scene, epic music venues and vibrant murals.
The narrow and hilly streets of Drogheda are packed with history with the remnants of Cromwell seen throughout the town. Visit the towering St. Laurence’s Gate and St. Oliver’s severed head in St. Peter’s Church.
Discover Medieval Carlingford –
On the edge of Carlingford Lough and at the base of the Cooley Mountains is picturesque Carlingford. Just a 20 minute drive from Ballymascanlon House Hotel. The hiking trails in Carlingford lead you from the village on pathways through sheep farms, past fairy trees and up to the top of Carlingford Mountain where you’ll see Carlingford Lough below and people playing at the adventure centre.
Explore the medieval streets, root around the antique shops and before stopping to try the famous local oysters and have a drink in a 16th century castle.
There is something for everyone, take off on a walk up Slieve Foye and watch the ferry sail across Carlingford Lough below before strolling along the water’s edge on the Carlingford Greenway. If you’re feeling brave, join the swimmers in the water by the pier or visit Ireland’s No.1 Activity Centre. Here you will find a range of things to do from Water & Sea, Woodland, and Sky activities that the whole family will enjoy.
Go on an adventure and uncover a unique history in Carlingford.
Walking Breaks –
Whether you are looking for trails with historic sights or want to adventure through the nature areas surrounding Carlingford there are loads of options for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts at any skill level.
Carlingford is home to some amazing walks including:
- Barnavave Loop
- Slieve Foye Loop
- The Táin Way
- Carlingford Lough Greenway
- Cooley Night Hike
- Shelling Hill/Templetown
- Commons Loop
- Grange Loops – Rooskey Loop
- Annaloughan Loop
- Molly Loop
As well as that Ballymascanlon Hotel and Golf Resort is the perfect place for you to take on the challenge of the The Boyne Valley Camino. The Boyne Valley Camino is a self-guided, 25km looped walk from Drogheda, which forms part of the Celtic Camino series. It was created by the Boyne Valley Walking and Drogheda Walks teams.
This walk goes along the Boyne, through beautiful Townley Hall woods, via two OPW sites of Mellifont Abbey and Oldbridge House, through the village of Tullyallen, along by the Boyne Canal, and the returns to Drogheda along the breath-taking Boyneside Trail.
Official Camino Passports can be used to collect beautiful stamps created by local artists en route. This 25km Boyne Valley Camino can be continued in Galicia by walking the old pilgrim route from A Coruña (the port of landing of pilgrims from Ireland through ages) to Santiago de Compostela (75km) to complete the 100km required to receive an official Compostela.
After returning you will be sure to enjoy a relaxing dining experience in our restaurant and a well-earned good night sleep in our luxuriously designed rooms.