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5 Fun Ways to Explore Drogheda's River Boyne

In the heart of Ireland's Ancient East lies the medieval town of Drogheda, where the river Boyne flows, carrying with it the rich heritage of Irish mythology and the spirit of the legendary Celtic goddess Boann (Bóinn). 

River Boyne, Hugh De Lacy Bridge, Drogheda
(Image courtesy Tourism Ireland)

 

Here, you'll find five delightful ways to immerse yourself in the river's natural beauty, storied history, and many places of interest along its banks.

  1. Millmount offers a stunning bird's-eye view of the Boyne, which is a prominent feature of Drogheda's landscape. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views of the river as it meanders through the town, past well-known landmarks, and flows onwards towards the Boyne Estuary at Baltray where it meets the Irish Sea.
  1. Don't forget to experience the beauty of the 4.5km Boyne Greenway, which starts at St. Dominic’s Park and runs along the south bank of the River Boyne. This path is perfect for walking and cycling, it features boardwalk sections and uses the existing ramparts to create a scenic trail connecting Drogheda’s town centre to the Oldbridge Estate. Along the boardwalk are several heritage signs with information about Irish Mythology relevant to the Boyne Valley. The trail passes the Mary McAleese Boyne Cable Bridge and follows the Boyne Canal to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge Estate, where there is a café, picnic area, walled garden, and several self-guided walks to be enjoyed through beautiful parkland.
  1. For a shorter stroll, download the Drogheda Town Walks map & guide and set off exploring the ‘Bridges’ walk.  Drogheda, or Droichead Átha, means the ‘Bridge of the Ford’ and this 1.5km walk brings you across five bridges in the town - De Lacy Bridge; St. Mary’s Bridge; Haymarket Bridge; St. Dominic’s Bridge and The Bridge of Peace, and highlights some points of interest along the way.
  1. Get on the water and experience the Boyne like never before on a trip back in time with Boyne Boats.  They provide guided paddling tours of the Boyne River and Boyne Canal, Ireland’s oldest canal, using hand-crafted currachs from Game of Thrones.  A great way to enjoy nature up close, and to hear about local legends and the battles that shaped Ireland.
  1. For those seeking more adventure, the Boyne Valley Camino offers a journey through historical sites and breathtaking natural landscapes.  This 25km walk forms a figure-of-eight loop and brings in the beautiful Boyne ramparts, Boyne Canal and Obelisk Bridge, as well as Mellifont Abbey, King Williams Glen and Belnumber Woods.  Pick up a free map & guide from the Drogheda Tourist Office or download the map & guide here.

Keep Discovering

Why not explore more of what Drogheda, County Louth or the Boyne Valley Region has to offer?  There is so much to see and do, from outdoor adventures and historic attractions to blue flag beaches and seafood trails.  Plan your visit here.