Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. It is on the Castletown River, which flows into Dundalk Bay, and is close to the border with Northern Ireland, equidistant from Dublin and Belfast.
Northern Dundalk is the location of Proleek Dolmen, a tomb with a massive boulder atop other large stones, left by Neolithic peoples about 5,000 years also known as The Giant’s Load is said that a wish is granted to all those who can throw a pebble so that it lands and stays on top.
Cuchulainn Castle, first built by the Norman conquerors of Ireland, offers fine views of Dundalk Bay on clear days, while just outside the town is Roche Castle, another Norman castle perched on a rocky landscape Dundalk’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral dates from the 19th century, Built in the style of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge the cathedral is known for its sanctuary wall mosaics. St. Nicholas’s Church, originally built in the 13th century is distinctive for its green copper spire. Near Dundalk is the Holy Trinity Heritage Centre, a restored medieval church that’s now an historical museum, In Dundalk’s Town Centre, St. Leonard’s Gardens offers something a little different a sensory garden to appeal to sound, touch, sight and smell. On the north bank of the River Boyne, the Beaulieu House, Gardens and Museum features a Dutch-style house, with four acres of gardens surrounding. Knockabbey Castle includes 30 acres of wildflowers, herbs and a Victorian flower garden.
We stay at the family run Ballymascanlon Hotel, situated on a 130 acre Victorian Estate, this Hotel offers fantastic facilities including a 18 Hole Golf Course.
Dundalk is one of Ireland’s largest towns, Here you will find the perfect combination of old world folklore (home to Lugh the pre-Christian God of Light, and Brigid the Goddess of Fertility and Healing), mighty warriors, druids, saints and scholars, blended with a more tangible history and heritage consisting of Cúchulainn’s Castle, a megalithic dolman, monastic round towers, high crosses and a Franciscan Friary to name but a few.