THE latest Ireland edition published by the Lonely Planet travel guide describes Dundalk’s rival Drogheda as “Louth’s most appealing town”.
The authors give a brief history of the town and explain that in the Middle Ages, Dundalk was at the northern limits of the English-controlled Pale.
They add that with “partition in 1921 it once again became a border town, this time providing a quick escape from the ‘bandit’ country of South Armagh”.
“An industrial hub, Dundalk is all business and always has been. Although there’s not a lot for visitors here, it’s a pleasant enough place with a couple of interesting sites,” the guide notes.
It names County Museum Dundalk, the “richly decorated” St Patrick’s Cathedral, and “fine neo-Gothic” Courthouse as sights worth visiting.
McAteers The Food House on Clanbrassil Street is given a mention in the Eating section, while prospective tourists are advised that Drogheda to Dundalk via the coast road, and the Flagstaff Viewpoint are worth a trip.
The authors write that the Cooley Peninsula has an “arrested beauty with forested slopes and sun-dappled, multi-hued hills rising out of the dark waters of Carlingford Lough”.
They also note that “as one of the loveliest spots on the coast; Carlingford can be crowded during summer, especially at weekends; book accommodation well ahead”. The 40km Tain Trail which starts in Carlingford and makes a circuit of the Cooley Peninsula, is also mentioned.