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Termonfeckin Beach In Louth: Parking, Swimming + Things To Do

Termonfeckin Beach In Louth: Parking, Swimming + Things To Do

Termonfeckin Beach (aka Seapoint) is one of the more popular beaches in Louth.

Home to a shipwreck and boasting a Green Coast Award and long beautiful sands, Termonfeckin Beach is a fine spot for a saunter along the sand.

In the guide below, you’ll find info on everything from where to get parking to what to do while you’re there.

Some quick need-to-knows about Termonfeckin Beach (aka Seapoint)

Seapoint beach louth

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Although a visit to Termonfeckin / Seapoint Beach is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

Termonfeckin Beach is located in the very southeast of County Louth and looks out towards the Irish Sea. The nearest large town is Drogheda which is around a 13-minute minute drive. 

2. Parking

There’s a decent-sized car park at the bottom of Strand Road (here on Google Maps). Bear in mind that it does get busy during the summer months and people tend to park on the road – this isn’t something we encourage as it leads to the road getting blocked and makes life harder for visitors and locals alike. 

3. Green Coast Award

Green Coast Awards are handed to beaches with excellent water quality and clean environments and Termonfeckin picked up this award in 2020 in recognition of its cleanliness. Indeed, the beach is regularly cleaned by the staff of Louth County Council who are assisted by several local volunteers, including the Termonfeckin Tidy Towns committee.

4. Water safety and swimming (please read)

Although we’ve done our best to find out whether or not it’s safe to swim at Termonfeckin, we can’t find any reliable info online so, if you’re debating a swim, check locally. Also, understanding water safety is absolutely crucial when visiting beaches in Ireland. Please take a minute to read these water safety tips. Cheers!

About Termonfeckin Beach

With its Green Coast Award and long beautiful sands, it’s no surprise that Termonfeckin is as popular as it is. Featuring some great walks and, of course, that curious shipwreck, it’s a fine spot to come for a walk. 

But the beach isn’t the only reason people visit the area. It’s also home to some superb golfing and nearby Seapoint Golf Links, with its 18-hole course and views to the Mourne Mountains, even hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 2014.

And despite its size, Termonfeckin village is also home to some cracking fresh and locally sourced gastronomy.

Things to do at Termonfeckin Beach

There’s a handful of things to do in and around Termonfeckin / Seapoint Beach, regardless of the time of year.

Below, you’ll find info on where to grab a coffee before hand to what to do when you arrive.

1. Grab a coffee from Forge Field Farm Shop then saunter along the sand

Forge Field Farm Shop

Photos via Forge Field Farm Shop on FB

You can grab a coffee from Forge Field Farm Shop six days a week, but this place is so much more than just a cafe. From its spot in Termonfeckin village, you can pick up hand-crafted gifts, baked goods, flowers and they even have their own on-site butchers (the superb Gareth’s Family Butchers). 

But back to the coffee! Whether it’s a black americano or a flat white, pick your poison and make your way over to Termonfeckin Beach. There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind on your face while strolling a stunning beach with a coffee in your hand on a breezy morning. 

2. Keep an eye out for the shipwreck

Termonfeckin beach

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In 1974 the MV Irish Trader left the port of Sharpness in the Bristol Channel bound for Drogheda carrying a cargo of 410 tonnes of fertiliser when it ran aground on the soft sands of Baltray Beach. 

Storms caused it to run aground and it’s been battered by the wind and rain for the past 35 years, which is why it’s in such a rust-ridden and broken state now. 

Still, it’s a unique sight and is only a short walk south from Termonfeckin Beach. You can get some pretty cool golden-hour photos of the wreck if you head down at sunrise or sunset. 

3. The walk to Clogherhead

Clogherhead Cliff Walk

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In the opposite direction to the wreck is a nice 7.1km walk north up to Clogherhead Beach and back. If you’re feeling energetic, try the Clogherhead Cliff Walk – you’ll be treated to beautiful views up and down the coast. The walk doesn’t have too much change in elevation and should be fine for people of all ages and skill levels. 

Along the way you’ll pass by Barnhill Bay Beach, Ganderstown Bay Beach and Clogher Bay Beach before making the ramble around the headland to Clogherhead Harbour. 

Just be sure to note the tide times, for the utmost safety and accessibility. 

Places to visit near Termonfeckin Beach

One of the beauties of Seapoint Beach is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Louth (and Meath!).

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Termonfeckin (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).

1. Monasterboice (15-minute drive)

Monasterboice high crosses

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With its medieval ruins, stone crosses and 1000-year-old round tower, Monasterboice has been a site of interest for hundreds of years and is only a short 15-minute drive from Termonfeckin Beach. 

It’s thought that the monastic settlement was founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe, however the site fell into ruin around the 12th century. 

2. Drogheda (10-minute drive)

The Railway Tavern

Photos via The Railway Tavern on FB

Offering plenty of pubs, festivals and historic ruins of its own, the town of Drogheda has loads going on and is a great place for some post-beach liveliness. The largest town in County Louth (just a hair ahead of Dundalk!), there’s plenty of restaurants in Drogheda if you’re hungry and there’s plenty of trad pubs in Drogheda, too!

3. Old Mellifont Abbey (20-minute drive)

Mellifont Abbey

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Straddling the border with County Meath, Old Mellifont Abbey is notable for a few things, namely that it was the first Cistercian Monastery in Ireland and also for its unique two-storey octagonal lavabo. 

A 20-minute drive from Termonfeckin Beach, it’s free to walk around the grounds but it’s €5.00 entry if you want to access the Visitor Centre and take a guided tour. 

4. Brú na Bóinne (20-minute drive)

Bru na Boinne

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Thought Louth’s Medieval history was impressive? Well, we can go much further back if you head over to Brú na Bóinne! This remarkable prehistoric landscape dates back to the Neolithic Period (10,000–4,500 BCE)  and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

FAQs about visiting Termonfeckin Beach

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where’s the car park?’ to ‘What are the tide times?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Is Termonfeckin Beach worth visiting?

If you’re in the area, this is a fine spot for a ramble. Especailly if you pair up a walk with food from the Forge Field Farm Shop.

Can you swim at Termonfeckin Beach?

We’ve done our very best to find reliable info about swimming conditions here, but we’ve come up empty handed. Your best bet is to check locally.

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