In the county town of County Louth, Dundalk sits on the Castletown River halfway between Dublin and Belfast. Its a small but popular tourist destination, and a great place to visit on a spa break.
Dundalk is known for its music venues, its lively atmosphere, nights out and its all weather horse and greyhound track - Dundalk Stadium. That said, it’s also got lots of history and natural scenery to explore as well. Dundalk's most famous local landmark is Roche Castle, a ruined Norman stronghold that looks like something out of a movie set. The town is also within easy reach of Medieval monuments, Neolithic stones and impressive natural surroundings.
Legends abound here, and within 10 minutes of Dundalk you will find the famous Hill of Faughart, where Edward the Bruce fell in battle in 1318. You might also find it interesting to see the Proleek Dolmen, a national monument and a portal tomb that’s around 5,000 years old. Or drive along the mountainous Cooley Peninsula to Riverstown with its whiskey distillery for tours and maybe the odd sample or two.
Spas in Dundalk and the surrounding area give you the chance to relax and unwind but also access local points of interest. Relax close by at Pillo Hotel Ashbourne or take a road trip from Bonnington Hotel Dublin.