Making a break for the beach is an important part of our summer routine. This year as we explore staycations at home, why not make a break for the beaches and coastline of the Boyne Valley?
County Louth and County Meath have some stunning beaches that stretch for miles along the coast. They can be enjoyed by families (don’t forget the bucket and spade!), walkers, runners and those who want to lie back and relax! Join us on a journey from north to south, to see what’s on offer!
The sea air always makes us hungry so the best place to start is the Glyde Inn. Located in the picturesque coastal village of Annagassan, the Glyde Inn was awarded National Pub of The Year and Irish Food Pub of the Year 2018 at the Irish Pub Awards. A traditional Irish gastro pub dating back to 1770, its Sea View Restaurant specialises in local seafood.
Another great option is Mac Namee's Tea Room & Store in nearby Dunleer, en route to your next stop. A place where you can sit, relax and enjoy over 300 loose leaf teas, and some brilliant afternoon tea options are available.
Stop by the beach at Clogherhead and marvel at the fact that 5000 years ago, huge stones (called greywacke) from here on the headland were transported down the coast and up the river Boyne to help build Newgrange and the other great passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne!
It is a popular location for all types of activities including, fishing, walking, sightseeing and water-based activities when exploring the Boyne Valley. The headland has a walking trail from the village along steep sea cliffs to the nearby harbour of Port Oriel. At low tide, it is also possible to walk the beach as far as the Boyne Estuary. From the headland and at the harbour there are views of Ireland's east coast from the Mourne and Cooley Mountains in the north as far south as Lambay Island.
The beach at Seapoint/Baltray is a stunning place to take a walk. You might even see the rusting shipwreck of the MV Irish Trader at low tide….
Nearby is County Louth Golf Club, also affectionately known as ‘Baltray’, it is situated 7km from Drogheda at the mouth of the River Boyne. The course is laid out in two nine-hole loops covering 190 acres and consistently ranks among the top 10 courses in Ireland. County Louth Golf Club assures a warm and friendly welcome.
The Boyne Valley has two important rivers; the Boyne (surprise surprise!) and the Blackwater which meet in Navan and flow into the Irish Sea at Drogheda Co. Louth. Drogheda is a bustling heritage town, easily accessible by road and rail. It offers historic attractions, great restaurants and cafes and luxury accommodation. See more about this vibrant urban centre here.
On the south side of the mouth of the Boyne we cross into County Meath at Mornington, where we can see the iconic Maiden’s Tower and the Lady’s Finger monument.
From Mornington we continue strolling along the beautiful beaches of Laytown and Bettystown.
Nearby is the village of Julianstown the Limekiln gastropub offers some fantastic dine-in and takeaway options. If you are looking for truly unique and beautiful accommodation why not try The Cottages at Bettystown? These traditionally-thatched individual cottages date from 300 years ago and have won many awards.
If you are hungry from your journey, maybe stay at CityNorth Hotel and Conference Centre as part of your trip. The hotel offers a fantastic packages and always have special offers available. Check out their latest offers here.
For all these beach ideas and more see www.discoverboynevalley.ie