Louth may be our smallest wee county but it is packed with interesting heritage sights, beautiful landscapes, myths and legends. My favourite thing about living in Louth is that you don’t have to go very far at all to lose yourself in the beautiful Cooley mountains and get the best coffee on the way home. Last weekend we did just that with our Ripley and snow boots.
A good place to start is the the hollow of ‘Long Womans Grave’. Hear lies the 7ft tall Spanish Noble woman who married Lorcan O’Hanlon, the youngest son of the “Cean” or Chieftain of Omeath. Cauthleen of Spain was so disappointed with her Husbands lands (I cant imagine how!!) and promises of beauty that she died where she stood and the locals buried her in the hollow.
You can drive up to this point, and trek over the hills for a beautiful view of Carlingford lough and the Mourne mountains. It’s a very scenic drive, the snow was beautiful but it is nothing compared to the sunlit days that really show the rich purples of the mountainside. You can then continue the mountain drive down through Omeath and Carlingford and stop off in Strandfield for the best coffee.
I wrote this short little Co. Louth feature for beforemymamdies.com