Balrath Woods – A Walk in the Woods
Balrath can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, the ideal time to visit Balrath is in late summer/early autumn when there are plenty of leaves and some fruits/nuts on the trees, some wildflowers still in bloom and also some insect life to be seen. Spring and summer are also good times, especially to see woodland wildflowers in their natural habitat.
Laytown / Bettystown Beach
Walk all or just part of the East Meath Slí na Sláinteis a 5km route (10km return) running from Laytown Train Station northwards through Bettystown and onto
Mornington; the area is rich in natural beauty and steeped in history.
The route follows a scenic path along the R150 road, running parallel to the beach.
Starting from Laytown where the River Nanny flows to the sea, follow the path past Race Field on the right, where the Laytown Races are held on the strand
each year. Enjoy a 99 (ice cream) on the go or stop in one of the many coffee shops for a snack.
Rampart Slane Castle View (20mins drive)
Accessible from Slane Bridge (N2), follow the towpath of the Boyne Navigation along the banks of the beautiful Boyne River. This is a favourite route of local walking group, the Slane Striders, and is popular with other visitors, too. Note: One kilometer past Slane Castle the pathway enters private land and terrain can be difficult at times. The walk continues from Stackallen, just 10 minutes outside Slane village, and goes along the river as far as Navan. Look out for information on the area and wildlife along
Fourknocks Megalithic Tomb
Fourknocks is a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago. It is located 10 miles southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. The name Fourknocks may be from the Irish Fuair Cnocs meaning Cold Hills or maybe Four Cnocs is a reference to the Four
Tombs (Four Hills). Only the main tomb pictured above has been excavated and is open to the public.
Take a walk around Bellewstown racecourse, on the Hill of Crockafotha in Co.Meath. This is beautifully situated in a rural setting with magnificent views of the Mountains of Mourne to the North and the Irish sea to the east.