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3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

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3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

Our last 3 nights (Wednes, Thurs, Friday) will be N. of Dublin, within an hour of the airport--which town would YOU choose? After reading this site, we've narrowed our list.

We're looking for a beautiful area to explore and to walk; to be a base for day trips and we want to enjoy great local food (hopeful for organic) and music. We've been to Navan, Hill of Tara and New Grange.

Thanks for your vote!!!

Malahide

Trim

Skerries

Carlingford

Multyfarnham

Mullingar

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1. Re: 3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

Are we talking three nights in one or other of those locations?

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2. Re: 3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

Yes, 3 nights in one location. This is our 7th trip and we find that staying at least 3 nights in one location is the best way to explore….and less tiring.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Carlingford would be best for walks and has http://www.ghanhouse.com/

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From there you can visit some of Northern Ireland and are well placed for places like Mellifont, Monasterboice, St Brigid's shrine at Faughart,where she is said to have been born.

Then there's the battle of the Boyne site and I'm sure Little Pumpkin(and others) can give you lots more ideas

http://www.battleoftheboyne.ie/

sacred-destinations.com/ireland/monasterboice

http://www.mellifontabbey.ie/

megalithicireland.com/…20Faughart.html

http://www.carlingford.ie/index.php/dining further food options in Carlingford.

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5. Re: 3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

Of those on your list, I too would choose Carlingford.

www.carlingford.ie/

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6. Re: 3 nights N. of Dublin-Which of these for walks & foodies

Hi Rlbk

Carlingford or Skerries would be my choice, and if you made me choose between the two, I'd be hard pushed. I really like both areas and would be happy to stay in either.

Carlinford, as Harvey has mentioned gives you easier access to Northern Ireland, and walks for all levels, from a gentle stroll to something more strenuous.

Slieve Foy and Ravensdale Forest Park are on your step, and The Tain Way walk starts and ends in Carlingford. You could easily do parts/all of the walk

discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/…1228

Here's a link to another couple of walks www.walkingroutes.ie/WalkingTrails/Louth

Slieve Gullion and the Mourne Mountains are a short drive away. Take the lovely drive via Newry, onto Warrenpoint (the opposite side of Carlingford Lough), through Kilkeel, through the Mourne Mountains via Spelga Dam down into Downpatrick. There are lots of graded walks through the Mournes, dependant on your level of fitness and how much time you wish to spend.

http://www.explorethemournes.com/

Have a look at this great site which gives lots of information for the area as well http://www.mournecooleygullion.com

With regards to food, there are lots of options in Carlingford, from Ghan House as Harvey has mentioned to lots of pubs with great food. PJ's being one of my favourites http://www.pjoharescarlingford.com/

I don't know any restaurants that specialise in Organic only foodstuffs.

Food for Thought , deli and restaurant is very good too for healthy food and picnic bits and bobs if heading off for the day.

If you do cross the lough over Warrenpoint way, be sure to have lunch or dinner at Restaurant 23, one of my favourite restaurants in Ireland http://www.restaurant23warrenpoint.com/

If you are interested in Organic, you should factor in a visit to Sonairte, just outside Laytown and a short scoot off the R132 in Julianstown. www.sonairte.ie It is an easy drive both from Carlingford and/or Skerries.

Although not a mountainous area, Skerries too has it's charm, (and on a clear day you can see right up the coast to the Mourne Mountains). Ardgillan Castle is a lovely place for gentle walks, http://ardgillancastle.ie/ and walks along Red Island, the working fishing harbour and the beach are great, whatever the weather. Skerries Mills and Newbridge House are also worth a visit.

There are a host of great restaurants ranging from The Red Bank Restaurant to my favourite Stoop Your Head down on the harbour, and great pubs as well. Nealons would be one I'd recommend you visit and take a toot out to the Man O'War as well , and I just can't go to Skerries without going to Storm in a Teacup at the end of the pier

https:/…StormInATeacupSkerries

http://www.nealons.ie/home.html

www.stoopyourhead.ie

www.redbank.ie

http://www.manowar.ie/

http://www.visitskerries.ie/about.html

www.skerrieshomepage.com

With regards to your other options -

Dismiss Trim - although a Meath Woman who also worked in it for a spell, I don't rate it whatsoever, apart from the obvious Castle

Mullingar - I like Mullingar (and lived/worked closeby there too!) - but for 3 nights - I don't think so. You would have Belvedere House, Fore Abbey Lough Derravarragh and Multyfarnham within close proximity, and as our latest musical export Niall Horan from One Direction is from there, it would hold a certain charm for those of a certain age!

Multyfarnham itself is a sleepy little hamlet just a couple of minutes from Mullingar, apart from Weirs (great food and great little pub), there's nothing much else there.

Malahide - handy for the airport, some good restaurants and pubs - but wouldn't be my choice for a 3 night stay.

Having listed out all the above, and if you put a gun to my head to choose one of the options, I think it would be Skerries, with Carlingford coming a close second.

Remember too, Skerries to Carlingford (or visa versa) is an easy 90 minute drive and there's enough in either town to warrant a day trip from wherever you choose.

I probably could do better justice to Carlingford and/or Skerries and everything in between to help you decide, but only logged on for a few minutes (famous last words!) and I'm off to bed as I'm wallfallen with tiredness!

Have a look at the above links, and give a shout if you need any clarification or help in deciding.

Nite nite :-)

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