Day 25 takes us on another great hike to kick start our day.
We’ll then be heading on to explore some of Meath.
Get a lie in after your night out in Carlingford and get a decent breakfast.
1 – Slieve Foye
// Start the hike at 10:00 //
Today, we’re going to hike up Slieve Foye, which should take around 3 hours depending on fitness levels.
I’d recommend a pair of hiking boots or runners with really good grip – we weren’t prepared when we climbed Slieve Foye back in 2018 and we ended up on our arses many times as we made our way back down it.
Park near the village and take a right turn when you come to Ma Baker’s Pub. From there, we quite literally walked straight the whole way to the top.
Now, I’m not recommending that you do what we did, as we definitely made our own trail to the top.
The folks at Discover Ireland have a thorough guide on the various walks that you can do.
The view from the top is absolutely magnificent. When you get back to the bottom, grab a quick bit of lunch somewhere in the town.
2 – Dún a Rí Forest Park
// Carlingford to Dún a Rí Forest Park – 1-hour drive (arrive for 15:00) //
I visited Dún a Rí Forest Park in April of 2019.
It’s been a few days since we visited, and we’ve brought it back up in conversation and recommended it to friends time and time again.
Dún a Rí Forest Park really is excellent.
It’s a roughly 600-acre park near the town of Kingscourt in County Cavan.
When we visited, we headed off on the river walk which took around an hour to complete.
It’s €5 into the park and you can expect dense forest, the remains of a Castle, a holy well, lots of lovely, clear rivers and more.
Well worth the visit.
3 – Drogheda for the evening
// Dún a Rí Forest Park to Drogheda – 45-minute drive (arrive for 18:00) //
We’re going to spend night 26 in the medieval town of Drogheda in Louth.
When you arrive, get checked in to wherever you’re staying.
I can recommend the D Hotel based on personal experience, but stay wherever suits.
When you’re feeling peckish, head to the Eastern Seaboard restaurant for a bite to eat.
4 – Polish off the day with a velvety pint in Clarkes
Clarke’s was built back in 1850.
Today, it’s is a no-nonsense pub that serves some of the finest Guinness for miles around.
Chill here for a bit and then go and grab a decent kip.
We’ve a busy day ahead.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.