Best Outdoor Spots for Families in Louth


With all the vagaries of the Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can. So here are some of the best places in Louth to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the Wee County.

louth-ravensdaleRavensdale Forest 

Located just east of the M1 Motorway, approximately 8km north of Dundalk, this lovely and varied Coillte forest park Ravensdale Forest offers walking trails, viewing points, historic buildings and a picnic site, as well as car parking.

There are three Way Marked Trails of various lengths and to suit various abilities. It’s a great place to spend a few hours exploring.

Slieve Foy Woods

Carlingford has so much to offer and is a wonderful village to wander about. Kids will enjoy the long pier and exploring the ruined castle on the hill overlooking the lough, while the village also has a good playground.

Round off your visit with a trip to Slieve Foy Woods, which is located 3.5km from Carlingford (on the left hand side) on the road to Omeath/Newry. There are two car parks, lots of picnic areas and beautiful panoramic views of Slieve Foye mountain and the Lough.

Townley Hall

Townley Hall is a magnficient Georgian Mansion and its beautiful gardens are well worth a family visit. It’s located on the Slane Road outside Drogheda and is surrounded by 60 acres of rolling parkland and beautiful views over the Boyne Valley.


Louth has its fair share of beaches, but our favourite is located in the fishing village of Clogherhead, which has a great pier, lovely strand and fabulous views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains.

Related: Free Things To Do In Louth with Kids

Article written by Linda, mum of 2.

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