County Louth is a county in the northeastern corner of the Republic of Ireland. It is in the Leinster province and Border Region. Louth is the smallest of the Irish counties. Despite its size, Louth is a densely populated county, only second to Dublin. The county seat is Louth, but the majority of people live in either Dundalk or Drogheda.
Transportation to County Louth is easy. Buses and trains stop in both Drogheda and Dundalk. The M1 motorway from Dublin to Belfast passes through the centre of the County. To explore the region’s outer reaches, having your own transportation is necessary.
Myth, mystery, and history shroud County Louth. It is part of Ireland’s Ancient East; travellers keen to explore the history of the region should visit Mellifont Abbey, Monasterboice, and St. Mary Magdalene Dominican Friary. Louth also saw Viking influence; Carlingford Lough is named for an old Norse word Kerlingfjoror. This scenic lake is part of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic; it has long been a tourist destination. Carlingford is known for its hillwalking, mountaineering, and summer lake outings. Serious hikers can traverse the 40 km Tain Way, which goes along the Cooley Peninsula. Carlingford Lough is also a Ramsar site (wetland of international importance) and is home to nationally and internationally important numbers of breeding Arctic, Roseate, common, and Sandwich terns.
The county’s largest town, Drogheda, is known for its association with many of the significant historical events in Ireland. The town can trace its history through the Battle of the Boyne, Cromwell’s Siege, and the surrender of Irish Chieftains to the English. Prehistoric sites are prevalent nearby as well; the UNESCO archaeological sites of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth are nearby, but located across in County Meath.
Travellers looking for hostel accommodation in County Louth should look near Carlingford, Dundalk, or Drogheda. In addition to hostels found in these places, campgrounds and guesthouses complete the budget accommodation in the area. As with the rest of Ireland, b&bs and guesthouses are a good way to have an authentic Irish experience.
Once you have your hostel accommodation sorted, set out to explore County Louth. From the shopping, bars, and nightlife in Drogheda to the outdoor pursuits in Carlingford, Louth is full of exciting activities and is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets.
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