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A holiday cottage or holiday rental home in County Louth, Ireland offers big choices in this small county

County Louth is the oldest and smallest county in Ireland. It is situated on the east coast on the borders of Northern Ireland and less than thirty miles from Dublin. Dundalk is the county town and the others are Drogheda, Dunleer, Ardee and Greenore and there are twenty-one villages. The county is steeped in history, legend and myth dating back to the 1st century and the days of the Cooley cattle raid (Táin Bó Cúailnge) and was later influenced by the Vikings.

Places to holiday in County Louth

County Louth has witnessed many important events throughout the ages and you only have to take a look at the county map (available from Louth County Council) to see the how just how many archaeological sites are dotted around. One of these is Dun Dealgan is a sixty foot mound near Dundalk thought to be the birthplace of Cuchulain. When it comes to finding accommodation in County Louth, it has its fair share of hotels but staying in a hotel puts certain restrictions on you, which is why many prefer self-catering holiday cottages.

A holiday cottage lets you stay amongst dramatic scenery around Carlingford Lough, in country or seaside cottages besides Dundalk Bay, barn conversions or in Drogheda, the "Gateway to the Boyne Valley". Perhaps you might prefer a cottage besides the river. Louth may look small on the map but it is big on choice, as are its facilities.

Facilities near to holiday cottages include two hospitals, fifteen golf courses, Louth Gaa, indoor swimming pools, greyhound stadium, bowling alley, gyms, two outdoor activity centres, horse riding and racing, soccer, rugby and tennis clubs. If you choose self-catering cottages in Dundalk you will have a great base to pursue a wide range of activities including salmon and trout fishing, nature walk, as well as having access to good food and a great nightlife.

Things to do in County Lough

Newgrange is a falconry situated in the Boyne Valley and makes a stimulating day out, close by are the passage tombs. Beaulieu House in Drogheda has been in the same family since 1650. It has four acres of walled gardens and museum housing classic race and road cars.

The Drogheda Omniplex cinema is a first class location to watch the latest blockbuster movies and there is an open-air market on Saturday mornings in Bolton Square. Here you can buy freshly picked farm and homemade produce to take back to your holiday cottage.

Carlingford is a listed medieval heritage town. It was raided by the Vikings and the Normans and has more historical buildings than any other town of its size in Ireland. Here you will find King John's Castle, Taaffe's Castle, Mint, the Tholsel and the Heritage Centre is situated in the tower of the old town wall, now part of Carlingford Church. The earl of Ulster founded Carlingford Friary in 1305. Coastal areas to visit in County Louth include Sandpit, Bettystown, Clogherhead, and Blackrock.

Weather in County Louth

The climate is similar throughout Ireland and it can be cold and damp in the winter.

Travel in County Louth

Aer Rianta Dublin and Belfast International Airports serve County Lough, as do the seaports of Larne in County Antrim and Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin. Bus Eireann operate a bus service throughout the county and trains run from Dublin to Belfast through Drogheda and Dundalk.

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                                                                Louth Holiday Cottages & Homes (31)

                                                                 

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                                                                Amazing large house, with great views. Perfect for a very large family.

                                                                5 of 5
                                                                Stayed here for a wedding and a long weekend in Carlingford with our extended family. Walkable to Carlingford centre in about 20 minutes. The house itself is very large with large rooms and lots of space, even if you fill it to maximum capacity there's still room to avoid each other :-) I don't think we needed for anything more within the house, everything is provided for use while staying. One major bonus for us while was the fantastic weather which allowed us to spend a lot of time in the huge garden with the great views of Carlingford and the Lough
                                                                • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
                                                                • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                GREAT HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN DRUMCONRATH, SOUTHERN IRELAND

                                                                5 of 5
                                                                We needed a spacious cottage to accommodate 5 adults for a short stay to visit family. This property was perfect. Well fitted kitchen/diner, 3 bedrooms with the double ensuite and a separate bathroom which accommodated us all very well. Lovely garden/patio area and ample parking space for two cars. Pub locals made us very welcome, and the town of Ardee is only 10 minutes drive away for more shops, pubs, restaurants etc. First visit to Southern Ireland and we were impressed with the cleanliness and beauty of the towns and countryside.
                                                                • Review Submitted: Jun 08, 2017
                                                                • Date of Stay: Jun 2017