Here under NIT - day 4, you will find travel information for that day, with practical information including the opening hours and addresses of the different attractions.
Day 1 -
Newgrange - Cooley Peninsula: Carlingford Cruise
Explore Newgrange, one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites in Europe and the finest Stone Age passage tomb in Ireland. It dates from around 3200 BC, predating the great pyramids of Egypt. In 1993, Newgrange and its sister sites Knowth and Dowth were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of their outstanding cultural legacy.
On the Winter Solstice, the light of the rising sun enters the roofbox at Newgrange and penetrates the passage, shining onto the floor of the inner chamber. The sunbeam illuminates the chamber of Newgrange for just 17 minutes. Jon Patrick in 1972 found that the Winter Solstice orientation of the site was an original feature, and that they were sophisticated constructions, intended to maximize the accuracy and length of the beam entering the chamber.
Drive through the Cooley Peninsula, setting for a large part of Ireland's most famous fable: "The cattle raid of Cooley". Discover Carlingford where Cooley Peninsula's mountains and views display themselves to dramatic effect. This pretty village, with its cluster of narrow streets and whitewashed houses, nestles on Carlingford Lough.
The Mourne Mountains are just a few kilometers north across the Lough. Visit King John's castle and have a lovely cruise on the Irish sea, from Carlingford.
4 nights in Belfast.
Visitor centre and Newgrange
Entrance fees: € 5
About 8 miles southwest of Drogheda
East of Dundalk
- Carlingford: King John's Castle
- Carlingford Pleasure Cruises
Tel: 937 3239
Entrance Fees: € 6 (one hour cruise)
Between May and September
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