Beaulieu is conveniently close to world-class golfing, seaside walks, fishing, equestrian facilities and Dublin.
Drogheda town – built largely during the medieval period, with stout walls and gates – boasts a Martello tower and one of the only surviving barbicans left in the country. Thomas Wright’s fascinating book, ‘Louthiana’, contains an illustration of this barbican, known as Lawrence’s Gate, it is one of the many architectural and historical curiosities of the Louth region. (Wright’s book was one of the first tourist guides ever written and the C18th equivalent of the Lonely Planet!) Walking West through the gate, you will quickly find the Highlane’s Art Gallery with its wonderful collection of C20th Irish art and cosy cafe – an ideal starting point before a jaunt across St. Mary’s Bridge, up the hill to Millmount and the ‘Artists’ Quarter’, to the ancient burial ground of a Milesian poet- King called Amergin, now the local history and folk museum. Well worth a visit, with its canons and great views.
Alternatively, if you are short of time and prefer to use the services of a tour guide, you can start out from Beaulieu (booking required), with a local professional, who can help you tour to some of the many fascinating Neolithic, Viking, and early Christian structures and artifacts in the Boyne Valley. Please see our Useful Links for more information and ideas.