County Louth is colloquially known as ‘the Wee County’ as it is Ireland’s smallest county by area 

It’s impossible to turn in any direction in Ireland’s smallest county without stumbling upon something interesting. 

Starting on Louth’s northern border, the Cooley Mountains are not only stunningly scenic but are the mythical home of hurling as told in the Táin Bó Cúailnge. 

These mountains will lead you to the Viking influenced town of Carlingford. Carlingford’s harbour looks out across its famous lough to the Mourne Mountains. The town’s medieval streets are packed with cosy eateries and it’s a Mecca for outdoor pursuits on land or sea. While we’re at sea, two famous pirates of a very different type anchored at Greenore in the 1970s…. radio pirates. These days Greenore is famous for its golfing. Close by there are links courses at Seapoint and Baltray and there are few parkland courses as fine as Dundalk. 

Historical attractions in Louth include the beautiful high crosses at Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey. It is said to have been used by William of Orange during the Battle of the Boyne. The Louth County museum in Dundalk town is also worth a visit. Louth is probably most famous for the Boyne River. Drogheda straddles its banks with its fabulous Arts Centre, Martello tower and a bustling centre. Historic spots are Carberry’s Bar, a 150-year-old traditional music venue, and further along the river the beautiful Beaulieu House and its motor racing museum. And if it’s fishing you’re after don’t forget that the Boyne is where the Salmon of Knowledge was caught, so there’s no excuse not to become an expert on Co Louth.